Knights split on home court in volleyball

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CHAD SMITH
SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

The Kingsland volleyball team wound up with a home court split in Southeast Conference action last week.

The Knights were home against Lanesboro on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and held serve with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-22) win over the Burros. The Knights played an aggressive match against Spring Grove on Thursday night but dropped it 3-1 (15-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-25). The Knight girls are 7-8 (4-3 SEC) on the season.

Beat Lanesboro 3-0

The Knights got their season record back to the .500 mark with a home court win over Lanesboro 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-22) on Tuesday night, Sept. 18. It was a record-setting night for senior Lauren Buchholtz as the Knights evened their record at 7-7 overall (5-2 SEC).

Buchholtz, a senior All-SEC outside hitter, recorded her 1,000th-career kill as she led the team with 15 against the Burros. Ellie Buchholtz added eight kills as the Knights finished with 27 kills and 17 errors in 91 attacks (a solid 25 percent efficiency). Ellie Buchholtz (15) and Alyssa Link (12) combined for 27 assists in running the offense.

At the service line, the Knights were 60 of 75 (80 percent efficient) with five aces. Taylor Zimmerman led the team with 14 of 15 serves in play while Lauren Buchholtz added a perfect 10 of 10 on her record-setting night.

Defensively, the Kingsland girls were solid in the front and the back rows. The back row tallied up 32 digs, led by 14 from Zimmerman (Lauren Buchholtz seven). In the front row, the Knights came away with one of their largest block totals of the season (12 ace blocks). Senior middle hitter Nora Jahn led the team with 4.5 blocks and Ellie Buchholtz added four blocks to go with her four digs.

Serve receive continues to make steady improvement for Kingsland. The back row played 33 of 64 digs successfully (51 percent). Zimmerman was 18 for 22 and Lauren Buchholtz played 10 of 12 successfully.

“Communication is finally starting to trickle in a bit more, which is nice to hear,” said head coach Sam Hanley. “Serve receive is staying really strong and the girls are starting to take ownership of their positions.”

Loss to SG

The Knights welcomed one of the Southeast Conference preseason favorites in Spring Grove (13-2, 6-1 SEC) to town on Thursday night, Sept. 20. Kingsland was much more aggressive at the net against the Lions in spite of falling 3-1 (15-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-25). The Knights rallied after an 0-2 start to take the third set before Spring Grove finished off the match in four sets.

Kingsland (7-8, 4-3 SEC) finished with 35 kills in 131 attacks (errors were high at 26) and a still-solid 23 percent efficiency at the net. Lauren Buchholtz led the attack with 18 kills (to go with a team-high five blocks, along with 12 digs). Junior Kaysie Vreeman led the team with 19 set assists, while Link had nine and Ellie Buchholtz had six assists.

The Knights played hard defensively, getting 65 digs and 19.5 ace blocks against the Lions. Ellie Buchholtz had a busy night, leading the team with 5.5 blocks and 16 digs. Freshman Shelby Beck had four ace blocks and Taylor Zimmerman added in 12 digs.

The Knights weren’t as consistent at the service line, getting 57 of 76 serves over the net successfully (75 percent). However, serve receive continued to make improvements as the Knights fielded 60 of 98 Spring Grove serves successfully (61 percent).

Schedule

Kingsland kicks off the week with a tough SEC matchup at Mabel-Canton (18-2, 7-0 SEC) on Tuesday night, Sept. 25, and then travel to Randolph for a match with the Rockets on Thursday, Sept. 27.

“As long as we can finish the season strong,” said Hanley, “I think we’ll have a very good shot to do well in postseason play.”

 

 

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