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Posted on Sep 10, 2015

Volleyball team plays big in loss

Senior middles Liz Nielson and Heidi Bishop combined for 31 blocks on Tuesday against East Valley. It was impressive for the first outing of the season for the Lady Jacks.
The Lady Jacks battled the Lady Devils, but lost the match in five games 25-15, 22-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-11. Much of the credit for the Lady Red Devils win came from senior middle Shelby Schreir, who had 23 kills, two blocks and 25 digs.
“We played great, but it was definitely a tough loss,” said coach Nicole Dreher. “We had more good things (than bad).
“That was the most aggressive I’ve seen this team.”
The strength of the team was their play at the net. Nielson was in on 15 blocks, while Bishop was credited with 16 blocks and two kills. The power came from the outside hitters. Natalie Thomsen (12 perfect passes) had 10 kills and Alex Bassett (five aces, 14 perfect passes) added five kills. Sam Kleyn (four aces) had nine assists and Jaclyn Schwint (two aces) had seven assists.
“I would say they were pretty good at the net,” Dreher said.
She also said they need to work on communication, serving and defense. The Lady Jacks served just over 80 percent on the night. They had 17 errors on 87 attempts.
“I think there were critical times we had some errors,” Dreher said. “There are kinks to get worked out.”
She was impressed with Bishop, who recently got cleared medically to play after her shoulder surgery.
“I was impressed with Heidi coming off an injury,” Dreher said. “She was not timid.”
Others: Kaitlin Ramsey three aces, nine digs, 14 perfect passes; Erin Nieuwenhuis two kills.

~Kurtis J. Wood/

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