Knights split season series with Houston in volleyball


Taylor Zimmerman dives for a save in Kingsland’s match against Houston. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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CHAD SMITH
Spring Valley Tribune

The Kingsland volleyball team lost its only match of the week on Thursday night, Oct. 4, falling to Houston 3-0 (26-28, 22-25, 23-25).

Kingsland and Houston wound up splitting their two-game season series as both teams won 3-0 sets on the road. The Knights won in Houston (10-7, 7-3 SEC) on Sept. 11. Kingsland is 8-10 overall (6-5 SEC).

The statistics across the board for Kingsland last Thursday were pretty good in spite of the loss.

It started at the service line, where the Knights missed three serves all night. The team hit 62 of 65 serves (season-high 95 percent) with seven ace serves. Taylor Zimmerman was a perfect 14 of 14 at the line while tying with two other players for the team lead in ace serves with two. Nora Jahn was 13 for 14 with two aces, while Ellie Buchholtz had a great all-around night, starting at the service line where she hit 12 of 15 successfully (two aces).

The Knights attack was also very effective, getting 38 kills in 113 attempts. While the errors were a little high (20), the attack was still very solid at 16 percent. Lauren Buchholtz led the team with 19 kills, the only Knight in double figures, but she did have some help. Jahn added seven kills while Ellie Buchholtz added six. Ellie Buchholtz led the team with 23 assists, while Alyssa Link contributed 12 assists.

Zimmerman led the team in the back row, getting a team-high 23 digs and playing 24 of 31 serves successfully (78 percent). The team came up with a total of 66 digs (Ellie Buchholtz 13, Lauren Buchholtz 10). Ellie Buchholtz wrapped up a fantastic all-around night by leading the team with 7.5 ace blocks, and Shelby Beck added two.

Schedule

The Knights have a busy week of volleyball ahead, starting on Tuesday night, Oct. 9, at home against Lanesboro. Kingsland has already beaten the Burros twice and will look to make it a season sweep. Thursday night, the Knights head to Spring Grove, looking to avoid getting swept in three regular-season matches by the Lions. The next day, the team heads to Apple Valley for a tournament on Friday and Saturday. After a short break on Sunday, the team welcomes LeRoy-Ostrander to Spring Valley for the final home match of the season on Monday, Oct. 15.

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