The Aurelia High School volleyball squad has struggled in the first few matches of the 2010 season.
The Bulldogs started the season with a triangular in Whiting on August 24, and they dropped their opening match to Remsen-Union by game scores of 5-25, 11-25, 15-25. They then took on the home team, Whiting, taking their first game of the season, 26-24 in the opening set, before losing the next three by scores of 21-25, 23-25, and 17-25.
For the night , Shaina Thevenin had eight kills and Audrey Winterhof had six to lead the team's attack, while Amber Loucks had three kills, and Regan Henkel and Stephanie Stange had two apiece. Set assists were led by Henkel with 12 and Gracie Winterhof with nine, while serving aces weren't high in numbers, with Loucks having three. On defense, Thevenin had three blocks for the night.
On Tuesday, Aug. 31, the Bulldogs traveled to Correctionville to take on River Valley, and Aurelia lost in straight games, 11-25, 11-25, and 12-25.
Aurelia Coach Ann Dornack said it " just wasn't the girls' best night." Thevenin had one block, Gracie Winterhof and Alyssa Phipps had one serve ace apiece, and Lexy Tuttle had two kills, followed by Audrey Winterhof with one kill for the night.
Coach Dornack was disappointed with her team's effort , but was very pleased with the play of the junior varsity team, who won their match.
For River Valley, Kari Ludvigson led in hitting with a 15-15 night and 13 kills, while Brittany Hunwardsen was 7-10 with four kills, Olivia Goettsch 6-9 and one kill, and Alexa Chester 5-8 and two kills. Ludvigson also led in serving with 19-20 and six aces, followed by Chester 11-12 and two aces, Mackenzie Fitch 9-11 and four aces, Emily Ray 9-10 and five aces, and Brittny Shropshire 7-9 and two aces. Shropshire also led in assists with 20, and Ray led in digs with six.
On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Aurelia teams played their fourth "road match" of the season, traveling to Everly to play the Clay Central-Everly Mavericks. Though the Aurelia gals again ended up on the losing side, Coach Dornack felt that the Bulldogs played better than they had previously. CC-E won the match by scores of 9-25, 13-25, and 13-25, but Coach Dornack said the Aurelia team "united, had fun, and played hard."
Thevenin led the team in kills with four, followed by Audrey Winterhof with two, while Loucks and Phipps had one kill apiece. Set assists were led by Henkel with four, while Gracie Winterhof had three, and Thevenin had one. The Bulldogs had no ace serves or blocks .