GUERNSEY – Friday night and the Lady Vikings were flying high in a match against Midwest. Saturday morning they received news about not qualifying for regionals which set a damper on their match against Rock River.
Midwest proved to be pesky, but no real competition for Guernsey. They won the three-set match, 25-16, 25-21 and 25-12.
The team had nine kills, led by Afton Kelley with three. The team registered 10 aces led by Kayla Scott and Paige Andrews with four each. The team had seven blocked shots, led by Alexis Elmore and Bella Milton, each with three. The team was once again on the floor scrapping and came up with 15 digs led by Chloe Heer with six. Macoyia Stoneking had five of the team’s eight assists and Andrews led the team in returns with 16.
“The team had a great season and Coach Smith and I are proud of each and every player,” varsity coach Mindy Kelley said. “Unfortunately, the wind was taken out of our sail before our game yesterday when we found out 2 of our points did not count due to a change in policy. At that point we did not have a chance of going to regionals, but the team went out and played as best they could after the news.”
And Rock River came in facing a team that held their heads up in the midst of tears. Volleyball which is a sport that is mental as much as it is physical, dealt a crushing kill that the Lady Vikings could not recover from and lost in three sets, 25-15, 25-15 and 25-14.
For the seniors, Heer, Stoneking, Elmore and Scott, they knew it would be the last time they would walk into that locker room with their Viking volleyball jersey on and it was a bitter pill to swallow, losing out on a trip to regionals because of a change in policy.
The team had 19 kills with Heer garnering five to lead the team. They had seven aces, led by Heer and Andrews with two apiece. They managed four blocked shots with Milton and Elmore each getting two. The team hustled to the end, gathering 13 digs led by Milton and Elmore with five each. Andrews had 15 of the team’s 15 assists and the team had 68 returns with Heer leading the way with 24.