Winner Lady Warriors volleyball team opened the season with a victory over Bon Homme last Tuesday in front of the home crowd. The Lady Warriors won in 3 sets 25-12, 25-18, 25-19.
Gracie Littau and Sam Marts were 100 percent in serving. Morgan Hammerbeck had 5 ace serves and Abby Marts, 2. Hammerbeck had 17 kills and Abby Marts, 10. Littau had 34 set assists. Alexis Richey was 84 percent in serve receive.
Abby Marts and Richey each had 9 digs. As a team, Winner was 93 percent in serving with 12 aces, 39 kills, 37 assists. They were 85 percent in serve receive with 35 digs.
“We came out focused and ready to play,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “We were aggressive and did a great job of attacking the ball which kept Bon Homme on the defensive end. We were getting in defensive position and playing very well as a team,” said Keiser.
“It was a total team effort and everyone stepped up and did what they needed to do to win.”
On Thursday, Winner hosted Miller and lost in four sets—25-21, 19-25, 16-25, 20-25.
Daesha Klein and Littau were 100 percent in serving. Hammerbeck and Abby Marts had 2 aces with Hammerbeck having 26 kills and Marts, 4. Littau had 41 set assists. Hammerbeck was 84 percent in serve receive and Richey was 83 percent. Richey had 36 digs and Hammerbeck and Abby Marts, 21 each. Sam Marts had 4 solo blocks and 1 block assist and Abby Marts had 1 solo block and 1 block assist. As a team, Winner was 93 percent in serving with 5 aces, 55 kills and 41 assists. The team was 76 percent in serve receive with 112 digs and 7 blocks.
Coach Keiser said Miller is great team and brought back a lot of players from last year. “They have a very balanced and athletic team. We came out ready to play and battled back after being down to win set 1. They had some hard hitters and did a good job of playing defense and digging up their hard hits but it kept us out of system,” explained Keiser.
“We played with a lot of intensity and never gave up. Hopefully we will get another shot at them in the Big Dakota Conference Tournament.”
The next a action for Winner will in a triangular with Valentine and Ainsworth on Aug. 31. On Sept. 5, Winner will host Bennett County and Gregory.