Tanager volleyball finds success at Bon Homme by Jim Prosser The VHS varsity volleyball team defeated Bon Homme with a 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 win on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the Bon Homme High School gym.
The preliminary matches involved the freshman girls on the C team who won a close 25-14, 25-27, and 15-7 rally three-game squeaker.
�Overall, the girls� skills have greatly improved, from their first match at Gayville-Volin,� said C team coach Rachel Stokes.
Players cited for their play in the B-H match were: Brittany Campbell � four aces, and nine set assists; Heather Walker � three ace serves, three kills; Paige Prosser � three aces, two kills, six digs; Michelle Olson � two aces, two kills, and five digs; Brittney Babb � one ace, three digs; Patricia Merrigan � three ace serves.
The junior varsity is coached by Mandi Muller and they swept Bon Homme 25-23, 25-21. She gives special recognition to the following players for their performance: Digs � Nikki Nelson led the team with nine, while Kelsie Austin had eight; attacks � Austin led ace attacks with five; Brittany Weydert had three; blocks � Heather Walker blocked three successfully and Jackie Thomas had two; ace serves � Nelson had four aces, while Erin Austin, Melissa Olson and Heather Walker each recorded two aces.
�All-in-all, I feel that we had a great match,� Muller said. �The girls are coming together and working as a team. We still need to improve our pass percentages, but being early in the season, the girls are putting in a great effort. Our next JV match isn�t until Oct. 7 so we�ll have plenty of time to get on the court and work out the glitches.�
Head Coach Lenni Billberg was not really satisfied with the varsity�s early performance. The match was too close for comfort. �Missed serves and passing problems almost cost us the match,� she said. �However, the girls came up with their never-give-up attitude, and true Tanager Red came out toard the end of each game, giving them an extra lift to defeat the Cavaliers.
�Dru VanKley and Whitney Tolsma showed a lot of leadership, taking the young Tanagers to victory. VanKley led the team with 15 kills while Tolsma set a new record with 29 digs.�
In the match, VanKley registered four blocks, one assist, two aces and 16 digs to complement her kills. Tolsma had one assist, three kills and an ace, along with her digs. Ashley Bjorkman had three blocks, eight kills, one ace and 15 digs; Ellen Odson recorded 32 assists, two kills, four aces and 22 digs. Annie Carlson had three blocks, four kills, one ace and 14 digs.
With the win, the team has the current season 3-4 record. �The Tanagers look forward to the Bon Homme Invitational on Sept. 21 for the next chance to strut their stuff,� was the final remark of the coach.