Winners advance to Class 1A State VB Tournament
IDA GROVE - The road well-traveled ended in short order for the gritty Galva-Holstein volleyball Pirates, as they dropped a 3-0 decision to once-beaten Wall Lake View-Auburn in Class 1A Regional Finals here Tuesday night.
WLVA, rated second in the state now with a 32-1 match record, claimed game scores of 25-19, 25-21, 25-18 to advance to next week's State Tournament in Cedar Rapids.
Meanwhile, the Pirates of coach Scott Mitchell hang up the tennies with an impressive 24-17 record, including a 7-4 mark in the rugged Maple Valley Conference, and a District Championship for the trophy case.
"The biggest difference in the match was serve receive," noted Mitchell in summation. "They served very aggressively and we weren't able to handle it. Our inability to pass their serves didn't allow us to get into our offense."
Galva-Holstein served 58-63 in the match for 92.1 percent and just six aces. The Pirates' team hitting totaled 71-81 and 29 kills, along with 11 total blocks. G-H tallied 68 digs and 29 team assists.
Natalie Buell led the Pirates in ace serves with three, and Heather Joslin talllied two. Heather Joslin and Lindsey Joslin led their team in kills with eight each, while Brandi Wagoner had seven, Sam Grayson three, and Clare Cosgrove two.
Lindsey Joslin paced the Pirates in digs with 23, followed by Heather Joslin 20, and Buell 11. Dani Boyle and Grayson led in blocks with four each, and Wagoner had two. Boyle also was assists leader with 18, and Lanae Broesder totaled 10.
"We sent a lot of free balls over to them, which allowed them to get into their offense," continued Mitchell. "We were always on the defensive. Us not playing as well as we have been and what WLVA was doing against us had a lot to do with that. I was happy with our effort. We played hard and didn't fold, even with a very slow start in game one."