The Lady Pirates lost 25-21, 22-25, 21-25, 9-25 to rated and undefeated 3A Storm Lake Thursday night; and then lost in the semifinals in the Carroll Tournament Saturday 27-29, 5-21 to Humboldt. G-H beat Rockwell City-Lytton 21-11, 21-8 in the first round; beat Ar-We-Va 21-8, 21-10 in the second round; and lost 17-21, 5-21 to Carroll in the quarterfinals, before closing the tourney out in the loss to Humboldt.
Against Storm Lake, the Pirates were 86-100 hitting with 35 kills, and served 65-75 with four aces. They recorded 55 team digs, and 35 assists, along with six blocks.
Kill leaders were Brooke Wiese with 11, and Heidi Rollefson nine. Brea Slaybaugh and Jaimie Christensen were G-H assist leaders with 16 apiece, while Ashley Buell led in digs with 23, and Wiese added 10. Rollefson and Nicole Boyle each had two blocks, and Victoria Andresen led in ace serves with two,
"At times we player our best volleyball of the year," said G-H coach Scott Mitchell. "Against a team like an undefeated 3A team like Storm Lake, you can't have a lot of downs. We had some opportunities in games two and three to take control, but couldn't make the big play when we had to. Our serving hurt us. Only serving 87 percent in close games creates an uphill battle."
As a team, G-H was 137-164 hitting with 62 kills in the Carroll Tournament, and 146-152 serving for a sizzling 96 percent, with 25 aces.
Wiese was kill leader with 21, and Andresen added 16. Slaybaugh led in assists with 36 for the day, while Christensen tallied 19. Wiese also led in digs with 18, and Andresen had 15. Boyle registered 38 blocks, and Rollefson had seven. Wiese led in serve aces with eight, and Andresen and Shannon Rohlk totaled five each.
"For the most we played well throughout the day. We only had one lapse and that was the second game against Carroll," noed coach Mitchell. "We had opportunities in the semifinals against Humboldt, but couldn't pull it out. With five rated teams in the tournament, we had a good showing. Even though our last three losses are to rated 3A schools, we need to find a way to win."
The Pirates are 11-6 over all this season and play in the Western Valley Conference Tournament Saturday and Monday.