BLAIRSBURG - Something had to give, and it wasn't Northeast Hamilton's resolve.
With six consecutive losses under their belts, the Trojets didn't waste any time in wrapping up their first triumph of the season here last night. With freshman Andi Anderson and junior Kaylee Massman leading the way at net, they walloped still winless Southeast Webster-Grand in three sets, 25-13, 25-8, 25-21.
Anderson picked her spots to attack and finished with eight kills, while Massman went the power route - slamming the ball through the Eagles' block to the tune of six kills.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Freshman Andi Anderson (3) slams one of her match-high 8 kills for Northeast Hamilton last night in Blairsburg. She helped the Trojets top Southeast Webster-Grand in three sets.
"Overall I was really pleased," NEH head coach Kacey Pruismann said. "I was really pleased with the first two sets because we were able to execute a lot of what we were trying to put together. In the third set we started missing some serves, but I don't think the girls ever thought it wasn't their game.
"Kaylee hit so hard; she was really pounding it out there. And Andi saw the court really well. She did a really good job of spotting the ball and using her court vision. Seeing the younger girls do their thing not only gives me hope for the future, but it takes some of the pressure off the older girls."
Senior Jen Jeffers laced four kills, while Molly Greenfield, Sarah Elm, Leah Meyer and Lillian Chamness all added two.
Kills - NEH: Molly Greenfield 2, Sarah Elm 2, Jen Jeffers 4, Kaylee Massman 6, Leah Meyer 2, Lillian Chamness 2, Andi Anderson 8.
Blocks - NEH: Elm 1.
Digs - NEH: Greenfield 7, Elm 5, Jeffers 3, Massman 2, Jaidyn Timm 2, Anderson 4.
Assists - NEH: Greenfield 10, Elm 11.
Serving - NEH: Greenfield 10-11, 1 ace; Elm 12-14, 6 aces; Jeffers 9-11, 2 aces; Massman 5-8, 4 aces; Timm 18-19, 4 aces; Anderson 7-8.
Elm collected 11 of the team's 21 assists. Greenfield hauled in the other 10.
NEH (1-6) battered the Eagles (0-8) from behind the service line, particularly in the initial two sets. The Trojets finished with 17 aces, keyed by the six from Elm. Massman and Jaidyn Timm both finished with four.
Greenfield was also the defensive catalyst with seven digs. Elm chipped in five and Anderson exited the gym with four.
The victory came just in time as the Trojets begin their Iowa Star Conference trek on Thursday in Traer against North Tama.
"It felt really good to get a win under our belt finally and we really needed that because we're going to North Tama and they're going to be pretty solid," Pruismann said.