SIOUX CITY - You have to give it to Galva-Holstein and their volleyball coach Scott Mitchell - rather than take the weekend off before the tournaments, or schedule some cushy opponent, the Pirates instead chose to enter the eye of the hurricane and play in the Sioux City Bishop Heelan Tournament at the Long Lines Center here to get ready for tournament action.
Such a move may not give a team as pretty a final won-lost record as otherwise may have occurred, but, on the other hand, in all likelihood it should toughen the girls up as they enter District Tournament play tonight.
G-H dropped the opening match Saturday, against #1-ranked Class 4A Ankeny (25-0) by scores of 9-21, 5-21. The next opponent was #2-ranked Class 2A Hull Western Christian, and this match resulted in 11-21, 11-21 loss. For the third match, the Lady Pirates beat 4A school Sioux City North by 21-19, 22-20 scores, and then, in their fourth match, played their first three-set match of the day, against Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto (15-12). In a close match, G-H took the first set 21-14, then lost a thrilling 20-22 set, before dropping another close one, 12-15.
Brooke Weise led the Lady Pirates in kills with 25 on the day, and Heidi Rollefson added 13; Brea Slaybaugh dished out 37 assists, with Jaimie Christensen chipping in with an additional 19; and Victoria Andresen had three ace serves. Ashley Buell had 22 digs and Victoria Andresen 20, and Nicole Boyle, Heidi Rollefson and Shannon Rohlk each had six blocks.
G-H coach Scott Mitchell said, "We made some great plays today, but against this type of competition you have to be perfect just to compete. We played very well against Sioux City North and at times against MVAO. Hopefully, we can carry this over into Regional play."
Galva-Holstein (18-12) hosts Storm Lake St. Mary's tonight at 7 p.m. to open tournament play.