Lady Vikings face tough week


GUERNSEY – The Guernsey Lady Vikings began last week on a high note traveling to Glendo Sept. 22 and winning the match in straight sets, 25-18, 25-13 and 25-19. The Vikings took command early, jumping out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back. Although Glendo put on a fierce run late in the final contest, Guernsey held serve and took control.

The team of Guernsey assassins had 20 kills for the game, led by Chloe Heer with 9, recording a 50% kill rate. The team also excelled in their serving, recording an impressive 88% serving average and the team recorded 13 aces led by Macoyia Stoneking and Afton Kelly, each recording 3 aces. 

The heavy three-day weekend of competition began Thursday with the Vikings traveling to Rock River. In a very competitive battle, the girls lost the match in four sets, 25-14, 22-25, 20-25 and 15-25. The middle two sets were the determining games, and could have gone either way as the games went back and forth.

The team ended up with 16 kills, led by Chloe Heer with 5. The team once again served well as a team with a 91% serve average and recorded 6 aces. Afton Kelley had the lone block for the team, and once again the Vikings were hustling against a very powerful team, gathering 14 digs with Chloe Heer leading the team with 6. Paige Andrews led the team with 9 assists.

Friday brought another tough game, going against Hulett and the Vikings dropped the match in three sets, 27-25, 25-9 and 25-12. After expending a first game energy that brought great hopes for a long and successful match, the girls grew tired in the second and third sets as a strong Hulett pounded their way to victory.

The Vikings could gather only 11 kills, most of those going in the first game. Chloe Heer ended up with 8 of those. Serving was not as strong for the Vikings as it has been with only an 80% service average and only recorded 6 aces as a team. Alexis Elmore recorded the only 2 blocks of the match and the team ended up with 12 digs, seven of which belonged to Chloee Heer.

By Saturday morning, the girls had come to the end of a very long week, both on the road and at home as they faced Saratoga. Once again, the Lady Vikings began strong, but the strain of three matches in three days caught up with them. They lost the first game in a nail-biter, 25-21 where momentum swung back and forth until it finally favored Saratoga. After that, the fatigue set in as the focus went south. They lost the final two sets of the 13 sets they played for the week, 25-10 and 25-11. 

The team gathered only 10 kills, with the team leader being Chloe Heer who had 4. The serving percentage dropped again, this time to a team average of 79%, but they managed 7 aces as a team. Rylie Thompson led the team with 2 blocked shots. The team managed only 6 digs against a very strong Saratoga team who hit 90% of their serves and crushed 21 aces.

The girls will be in action again Friday in a conference battle against Hanna-Elk Mountain at 5 p.m.

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