Inches away from the best Warriorettes demonstrate their competitive edge by Ashley Steffen and Sandra Geuther The Warriorette volleyball team is now 10-11, but have shown their fans that they can play with the big dogs.
In the past three weeks of their season the green team has beaten Canistota, Montrose and Hurley and have fallen to rivals Centerville, number one ranked Baltic, number two ranked Viborg, and a tough Marion team. However each game of every match has been a fight for both teams.
First in regular season play, the Warriorettes played the Centerville Tornadoes to a five match game.
Wakonda took the first two games quite handily 25-12, 25-20 while Centerville made a turnaround momentum swing effort and won the last three 25-23, 25-12, 15-10. The Tornadoes improved their record to 12-7.
Nikki Johnston led Wakonda with nine kills, eight digs, eight service points and two ace serves. Lindsay Knudson had nine kills and picked up three blocks. Kim Henriksen had a team-high 13 service points and two aces. Chelsa Bohlmann added 30 kills assists and eight digs in the match.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, Canistota visited Wakonda only to be handed a 4-1 loss: 19-25, 25-21, 25-15, and 25-19.
Leading scorers were Kim Henriksen with 10 points, two aces, 11 kills, one block and six digs. Nikki Johnston contributed 13 kills, eight blocks and six digs. Senior Lindsay Knudson added 10 points, one ace and seven kills. Chelsa Bohlmann added 34 kill assists and six digs.
Wakonda traveled back to Centerville Saturday, Oct. 5 to try their luck in the Tri-Valley Conference Tournament.
By the luck of the draw Baltic, the number one team in the state, was the Warriorettes 10 a.m. opponent.
The tournament format was best out of three. The green team was ahead most of the first game, but dropped it in the end, 21-25, 20-25. The Bulldogs then went on to win the second, thus the match. Once again, the Warriorettes lost a heartbreaker.
Wakonda entered the consolation bracket meeting Montrose. Montrose was easily handled by the Warriorettes in two games: 25-29, 28-24.
Playing for the fifth place consolation championship was Wakonda and Viborg. The Warriorettes started was promising as they defeated Viborg in the first game, 25-19. The Vikings then rallied to a 9-25, 7-15 victory, and Wakonda had to settle for sixth place in the tournament.
Baltic defended their number one ranking defeating Centerville badly in the championship game: 25-15, 25-8.
Hurley traveled to Wakonda and lost 1:3 to the Warriorettes. But the Warriorettes then dropped a match to Marion at Marion 1:3.
While the Warriorettes' record may not be what they had hoped, it certainly does not reflect their playing ability. They have missed wins by a handful of points, but don't count them out.
Come watch them as the athletes rally to end their season avenging their losses.