Volleyball team improving one game at a time by Ashley Anderson This year has been a very interesting year for the Wakonda volleyball team. First, the new assistant coach, Stacy Lyso, took a fall and tore her Achilles tendon. After going to the doctor, receiving x-rays, and waiting, she found out that surgery was required. After taking a week off from volleyball and school, she is now back in action with her crutches and a boot on her foot.
Meanwhile, the head coach, Casey Pollman, could easily say that being pregnant is not so easy while trying to run a volleyball team. At practice on Monday, Sept. 13, she accidentally got hit in the stomach with a volleyball.
After spending a night in the hospital she is at home now but her doctor doesn't want her in a situation that will affect her pregnancy, so she will not be able to finish the season.
Luckily the team had one healthy coach come through. Coming out of retirement, coach Larry Wynia has helped cover games and practices. He had been the assistant since Wakonda played Irene, and was now put into the head coach position.
With coach Lyso recently coming back, he has returned to retirement again. The school board has found an assistant to help coach Lyso out � it will be Trisha White, one of the new owners of TJ's Corner Store. She has experience playing high school volleyball in her home state of Texas.
Because of this bumpy start the Warriorettes are a bit off-balance. Now the jitters are out and they are ready to start playing hard, intense volleyball.
On Aug. 31, the Wakonda team went to Dell Rapids for its first game, and came out with a victory 16-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-27, and 15-8.
The leading scorers were Tiffany Ganschow with 18 points, including serves, kills and tips; Meghan Martz with 16 points; Erin Spurrell with 11; Jessica Peterson with 7; Kelli Morrison with 4; and Ashley Anderson with 2.
On Sept. 2, Wakonda played Canistota in Wakonda and lost in three matches: 9-25, 7-25, and 3-25. The leading scorers were Martz with 2 points; and Danielle Morris, Spurrell, Peterson and Ganschow all with 1 point.
On Sept. 7, Wakonda came up against Irene in Wakonda and lost in four games. The scores were 21-25, 17-25, 25-20, and 14-25. Leading scorers were Spurrell, 11 points; Anderson, 10; Morrison, 7 points; and Peterson and Ganschow each with 5 points.
Wakonda traveled to Freeman Sept. 9 to play the Flyers. Wakonda lost in three games: 10-25, 19-25, 19-25. Leading scorers for this game were, Ganschow with 7 points; Martz with 6; Anderson with 5; Danielle Morris and Spurrell both had 4.
On September 14, Wakonda took on the Viborg Vikings at their place. The Wakonda girls had a great game and played to their best ability but it wasn't enough. Wakonda lost in three games: 12-25, 13-25, 4-25.
The leading scorers were Peterson and Ganschow with 3 points; and Anderson, Rederick, and Spurrell each with 1 point.
Wakonda hosted the Bon Homme Cavaliers Sept. 16 and lost in three games: 15-25, 17-25, 14-25. The leadings scorers were Ganschow with 6 points; Anderson and Peterson with 4 points; Spurrell with 3; and Morrison and Martz each with 2 points.
The Warriorettes have many more games to play and are improving each time, so don't give up on them yet.