BLAIRSBURG - Baby steps.
The Northeast Hamilton volleyball team didn't trot off the floor with a victory here last night, but head coach Kacey Pruismann saw significant improvements over her team's initial appearance at the Clarion-Goldfield Invite on Saturday.
And for now, Pruismann will take improvements.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Northeast Hamilton freshman Andi Anderson bumps a service return up to the front row last night against Madrid in Blairsburg. The Tigers took the match, 3-0.
"We played leaps and bounds better than on Saturday," Pruismann said after her club dropped a 3-0 decision to Madrid, 25-19, 25-21, 25-23. "I've always thought that Madrid was very comparable to us and we were right with them for most of the night."
Troubles behind the service line were the difference though, as the Trojets (0-6) made 10 unforced errors.
"Had we put more serves on the court we could have won because we were playing pretty even," Pruismann said. "We're usually pretty strong back there, so I don't know what happened."
Kills - NEH: Molly Greenfield 3, Sarah Elm 4, Jen Jeffers 2, Kaylee Massman 2, Taylor Olson 1, Andi Anderson 2.
Blocks - NEH: Elm 1, Jeffers 5, Olson 3.
Digs - NEH: Greenfield 6, Elm 5, Jeffers 13, Massman 7, Olson 3, Jaidyn Timm 8, Anderson 9.
Assists - NEH: Elm 6, Olson 1.
Serving - NEH: Greenfield 12-12, 2 aces; Elm 14-15, 2 aces; Jeffers 5-8; Massman 5-8; Timm 3-4; Anderson 11-13.
NEH was balanced at net, as five girls smacked multiple kills. Setter Sarah Elm led the team with four to go along with six assists. Molly Greenfield added three kills, and Jen Jeffers, Kaylee Massman and Andi Anderson all lashed two.
Jeffers also collected five blocks and a team-best 13 digs. Taylor Olson had three blocks. Libero Jaidyn Timm moved around the floor and tallied eight digs, while Anderson finished with nine.
NEH will be back at home on Tuesday against Southeast Webster-Grand. The varsity match will begin at approximately 7 p.m.