Eagles lose several close games in early season
The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn volleyball team, struggling to put together all facets of the game in the same match, dropped three matches at the Galva-Holstein Tournament Saturday, and then lost a hotly-contested 3-2 verdict to Remsen St. Mary's in Marcus Tuesday night after winning the first two games.
In the tough G-H tourney, the Eagles of coach Carla Weber lost 16-21, 21-14, 13-15 to Ar-We-Va in the opener; lost 10-21, 3-21 to host G-H; and lost 15-21, 15-21 to Battle Creek-Ida Grove.
Andrea Doeden led MMC in hitting in the tourney with a 26-31 effort and 13 kills, while Samantha Taylor was 26-34 with six kills, and Jessica Zubrod 20-25 with five kills.
Kaylee Dreckman paced the Eagles in serving with a 21-24 day and four aces, followed by Ashley Schneider 14-16 and three aces, Alex Hoefling 14-16 and three aces, Doeden 13-17 and three aces, Zubrod 6-8, and Taylor 5-7.
Dreckman also led her team in sets with 91 assists for the day, and 26 aces.
All told, MMC was 96-116 hitting and 30 kills, served 73-87 with 12 aces, and serve receptions totaled 168-250.
"Our passing really hurt us," said coach Weber. "It's something we will continue to work on in practice."
Against St. Mary's Tuesday night, the Eagles stormed to a 2-0 lead after winning game scores 25-23, and 27-25, before the Hawks battled back by claiming the final three games by scores of 25-18, 25-19, 15-9.
Doeden led MMC in hitting with a 30-39 night and nine kills, followed by Zubrod 20-25 and 12 kills, Taylor 18-27 and eight kills, Ashley Henke 13-17 and thee kills, and Beth Mohning 9-10 and five kills.
Taylor paced the Eagles in serving with a 13-15 night and five aces, while Henke was 9-9 and an ace, and Mohning 10-12. Dreckman totaled 101 set assists with 41 aces. Taylor also led in serve receptions with 20-25, followed by Henke 11-15, and Whitney Walton 17-23.
Hoefling led in digs with 20, followed by Doeden 15, Taylor 12, and Whitney 11. Zubrod hd 12 blocks and one block assist to lead that category.
"Our passing was batter tonight but we still need to improve," noted Weber. "Our serving on the other hand hurt us as we only served at 80 percent. Jessica was on fire at the net. She played a fantastic game."
MMC plays in the Dakota Valley Tournament Saturday in North Sioux City, S.D.