In two matches this week, the Aurelia High School varsity volleyball team continued to struggle against two quality conference opponents. On Tuesday at Sioux Central, siad Bulldog coach Ann Dornack, The girls needed to step up and play as a team, and just did not get the win. Communication is really hurting us this season."
The Rebels took the match in three games, by scores of 10-25, 18-25, 11-25. Ashley Anderson had two aces serves for the Bulldogs, and Erin Laursen had three solo blocks and one assisted block. Laursen also led the team in kills with four, followed by Audrey Winterhof with three.
On Thursday, Aurelia played on the home court of the ranked Alta Cyclones. "At first the girls played great," said Coach Dornack, "and then they let their frustrations get the best of them."
The Cyclones won the match with game scores of scores of 10-25, 4-25, and 10-25. Coach Dornack said that once again, the team's lack of communication really hindered the Bulldog effort.
Aurelia had four ace serves on the night, led by Shaina Thevenin's two, and also had 26 playable digs, with Audrey Winterhof leading the team with six, followed by Ashley Anderson with five and Erin Laursen and Stacie Glienke with four apiece. The team had four kills, two of them by Ashley Anderson.
Coach Dornack said,"I wish we had had a better season, but without (good) communication, we don't have a strong team."
She is still hopeful, though, that "the girls will come together and finish strong to the end. We have two more games left, and they still have a chance to show how great of players they are!"
Those two matches are tonight (Monday) and Thursday, both home matches, against Kingsley-Pierson and ranked Schaller-Crestland, respectively. The size of the crowds have also been a disappointment to Coach Dornack and the girls this season, so hopefully more people will turn out for the Monday and Thursday night games and support the Bulldog girls' efforts.