Lady Norse Go 3-2 At Tom-A-Hawk

The Northfield Lady Norse volleyball team went 3-2 Saturday at the Tom-A-Hawk tournament at North Miami. There were 11 teams in the tourney.

Scores:  25-15; 25-11  Northwestern

25-15; 25-15  South Adams

20-25; 16-25 Rochester

25-16; 23-25; 15-7  North Miami

Leading the offensive end was Kendal Reed with 22 kills, Haley Walchle with 20 kills, and Kylie Echard shooting down 14 kills.  Echard also had 3 solo blocks and 1 assist block kill.  Reed also tallied up 27 receptions and 16 digs.  Gentry Kline had an outstanding defensive game with a day high of 59 receptions and 35 digs, while Emily Shafer grabbed 39 receptions.  Haley Walchle also had 16 digs.  Bayli Birk set up 34 assists on the day with a defensive effort of 21 receptions and seven digs.  Shafer also added up 16 assists.  On the serving end, Shafer had 6 aces, Reed tallied 9 aces,  and Hali Sadler added 7.
Annie Clark helped out with 8 kills, 1 stuff block and 3 aces.  Bayli Birk also added 8 kills.

Coach Angie Dale says: “Today was a great day to see the difference in tempo between different teams, and the first two were definitely a different pace than the las two.   Unfortunately we were not able to keep up with Rochester and fell down 8 points at one time.  That is a big deficit to recover from, but we came out swinging in game 2, just were not able to terminate.  The long rally’s I give to my defensive end.  They couldn’t get anything through us, but unfortunately we couldn’t get anything through them either.  It was a tough loss, but gives us some things to look at.  North Miami was another tough match in which we beat ourselves in game 2.  They had some strong hitters that we were able to defend against, but we made a lot of errors on our side.  I am happy with how well our team is progressing.  I think we have a group of kids willing to do anything not to let the ball drop on our side.  We had good foot movement throughout the day which is a great step in the right direction, especially in an all day tournament.”

Next match :  Tuesday at Warsaw at 5:30 pm.

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