Warriorettes are ranked 7th in state by Sandra Geuther After beating #1 Baltic earlier in the week, the Warriorette volleyball team began their new life as confident champions.
This newly found attitude proved true as Wakonda brought home the Freeman Flyer Invitational Championship trophy. The Saturday, Oct. 19 tournament set up Emery, Wagner, Menno, Irene, Tripp-Delmont, Freeman and Wakonda to fight out the battle.
In the first game, the Warriorettes defeated Tripp-Delmont 21-7, 21-17. Lindsay Knudson had five digs and seven serves to lead Wakonda; Nikki Johnston had six kills and two blocks; and Chelsa Bohlman had 10 assisted sets.
The hosts then were handed a loss as Wakonda easily handled them 21-6, 21-10. Johnston had nine kills and three blocks; Knudson had four kills and 13 service points, including five aces; Bohlman had 14 set assists; and Rachael Bentaas and Lindsay Nelson each had five digs to lead Wakonda.
Emery was Wakonda's next victim as defeating the eighth ranked team in the state has become their specialty: 21-17, and 21-19. Knudson had five kills and five digs; Johnston had three kills, three blocks, seven digs and four ace serves; Bohlman had 11 set assists; and Henriksen had two kills five digs, and four ace serves.
Proving their strength, Emery worked their way out of the losers' bracket to get a second chance at the Warriorettes. But powerful hitting and more rest helped the green team stand apart from the rest. After dropping the first match 18-21, Wakonda wonwith scores of 21-13 and 15-12. Henriksen had two ace serves and four blocks; Johnston had one ace serves with four blocks; Knudson had six blocks; and Bentaas had four ace serves.
The Warriorettes earned respect on Monday as they entered the top 10 state rankings at #7.