VHS volleyball home opener for 2001 is a rousing success by Jim Prosser The Vermillion "old gym" was rocking, last Monday night, Jan. 8, when the Tanager volleyball team opened its home season for 2001 with an exciting introduction to the local fans by winning all three matches, A-B-C, over the visiting Panthers from Dakota Valley.
An enthusiastic large crowd was in attendance and the teams responded with nearly perfect performances.
The varsity team with 15-13, and 15-7 wins closed out the evening proceedings, which included junior varsity, 15-2, 15-9, and C-team 15-5, 15-5 victories.
The coach for the C-team is assistant Jana Prasek who assessed her team performance.
"We're pleased with the progress we've made so far," she said. "The team played well for the third match of their season. We will continue to improve what we do well and emphasize those areas needing improvement."
Players cited for their efforts were: Colette Joy � 4 aces, 4 kills, and 4 digs; Brittany Orr � 2 aces; Kayla Mollett � 5 kills; Delayna Gale � 3 kills and 9 set assists; Theresa Ring � 3 digs; and Nicki Nelson � 2 digs. The C-team season record stands at 3-0.
The junior varsity is coached by assistant Chris Fehring who has led her team to an eye-popping 12-0 season record. She wanted to recognize the following players: Dani Weydert � 8 service points; Ashley Thompson � 6 service points; Karen Sorensen � 5 kills; Whitney Tolsma � 7 assists; Meggie Donnelly � 5 assists; and Allison Stewart � 3 digs.
"It was nice to win our first match at home," Coach Fehring said. "We were a little sluggish, but we still came out with a good victory. We need to keep working hard during practice to better our performances."
Head Coach Kathy Reckling has another excellent varsity volleyball team which has accumulated a respectable 9-2 season record. In the Dakota Valley match the Tanagers were led by Leslie Larson with 6 service points, 1 ace, 4 digs, 4 blocks (3 solo), and 5 kills. Elly Kjose had 6 service points, 4 aces, 7 digs and 17 assists.
Also making major contributions were: Ashley Bjorkman � 6 kills, 2 solo blocks, 4 service points, and 4 digs; Jaclyn Powell � 8 digs, 4 kills, 3 service points, 1 ace; and Carrie Engstrom � 8 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills and 3 digs. Also, Tessa Tuetken had 6 digs and 3 service points; and Nikki Mollet had 2 solo blocks and 3 kills.
The team will participate at the Bon Homme Invitational involving 10 schools on Saturday, Jan. 13.