CORRECTIONVILLE - River Valley coach Marlene Baumann said that Tuesday night's Maple Valley Conference volleyball match with Galva-Holstein was a tough chore "after last night's emotional roller coaster" (when the Wolverines won the Maple Valley Conference tournament).
The Wolverines eked out a pivotal and hotly contested MVC match with rival Galva-Holstein 3-2, on game scores of 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 16-25, 15-11.
The River Valley squad had a lot of trouble focusing, said Baumann. "We would be doing just great and then all of a sudden, there would be a let-down. It really showed up in our serving.
"Kelsey Utesch came into the game and kept us in the match," said Baumann, "having a great night."
Alissa Slota had an 18-20 night serving for RV, and Katie Carnes (9-10) and Trish Todd (17-18) had nice nights also. Todd had two ace serves, and Slota one.
Carnes also had 28 assists for the night, setting up kills by Marisa Graham (16), Emily Todd (12), Jody Peterson (11), and Slota (8). Angie Edwards contributed 28 digs.
For G-H, Lanae Broesder had two ace serves and Heather Joslin and Natalie Buell one each to lead that category. Sam Grayson led the Pirates in assists with 15, while Dani Boyle tallied 11.
Lindsey Joslin led G-H in kills with 10, followed by Grayson eight, Heather Joslin six, and Clare Cosgrove three. Grayson and Brandi Wagoner paced the Pirates iin blocks with four each, and Boyle recorded two.
Heather Joslin led the visitors in digs with 21, followed by Lindsey Joslin 13, Boyle and Buell 12 apiece, and Broesder and Grayson seven each.
The G-H freshman and JV teams each won their matches by 3-0 scores.
"It was a tough loss," said G-H coach Scott Mitchell. "But I was glad to see that the girls came out and competed. Our blocking was better and we got our hands on lots of balls. We need to work better quality swings out of our hitters."
River Valley now has a game record of 51-17, and a match record of 21-4 (7-1 in conference play).
Both squads will compete in Saturday's River Valley Volleyball Invitational in Correctionville.