Warriorettes finish season in district play

Warriorettes finish season in district play by Lindsay Nelson The Warriorette volleyball team ended their 2003 season in the second round of the District 8B Tournament. The District 8B Tournament took place in Gayville on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 3.

This year the tournament was a little different. In the past the tournament took place on a Saturday where the teams would play out all their games until the District 8B champions were crowned. Then last year with the season switch the tournament became two nights in a row. The first night consisted of four games and the last night was the championship game. Districts have always been single elimination and this year the District Tournament switched to three nights of playing, Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 3.

The Warriorettes went into the tournament seeded number five. They were matched up with the number four seeded Gayville-Volin Raiderettes.

The Warriorettes and Raiderettes met head to head twice throughout the season before District play. The Raiderettes won the regular season game but the Warriorettes upset Gayville-Volin in the Tri-Valley Conference Tournament.

The first round of Districts was a tough battle but the Warriorettes proved themselves as the better team winning the game 3-2.

Gayville-Volin came out strong and won the first two matches, 25-23 and 25-17. The Warriorettes were not ready to hand over the win and they proved so by winning the next two matches 25-16 and 25-15. It all came down to the final match, which the Warriorettes won 15-9.

Emily Logue and Nikki Johnston led the Warriorettes in service points with 16 and 15 points respectively.

Chelsa Bohlmann set up Wakonda for 122 sets, 114 of which were set assists.

Johnston was on fire at the net with 36 kills and four solo blocks. Also dominating at the net was Kim Henriksen with 16 kills.

The Warriorettes didn't allow many balls to hit the floor. Bohlmann led in digs with 24, followed by Henriksen with 23 and Logue with 19.

Also winning in the first round of Districts was Hurley who topped Irene 3-1. Centerville and Viborg had byes for being seeded number one and two.

The Warriorettes then moved on to the second round of District play. They took on the Centerville Tornadoes on Nov. 1.

Despite all of the Warriorettes' hard work and effort, the Tornadoes ended Wakonda's season, winning the game 3-0. Match scores for the night were 25-15, 25-13, and 25-15.

Service points for the Warriorettes were all very even with Logue and Johnston leading with four, followed by Henriksen with three, and Bohlmann, Erin Spurrell and Lindsay Nelson all contributing two.

Bohlmann assisted the Warriorettes' front row with 53 overall sets, 49 of which were set assists.

Henriksen conquered the net with nine kills and three solo blocks. Johnston also added eight kills in the Warriorette effort.

Henriksen and Spurrel led in digs for the Warriorettes with nine each. Nelson and Bohlmann each added eight digs.

Hurley and Viborg also played and Hurley came out on top, 3-2. The Bulldogs then proceeded to play the Tornadoes in the championship game on Nov. 3, 2003. The Tornadoes took the game 3-0 to become the District 8B Champions.

The Warriorettes ended their 2003 season with a record of 9-18.

The Warriorettes will be losing five seniors from their 2003 season but will be returning numerous experienced players for their 2004 season.

Coach Casey Pollman adds about the season, "The Warriorettes were able to peak at a prime time, coming off of a low point in the season to beating several talented teams. We are losing five gifted seniors who will be dearly missed. Although the team did not come out on top, the Warriorettes showed great improvement from the beginning of the season."

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