BLAIRSBURG - Dressed in camouflage and looking for redemption, the Northeast Hamilton volleyball team stormed out and made its loud and attentive crowd proud during 'Jets for Vets Night here on Thursday.
The squad honored local veterans Chad Davis - the husband of Northeast Hamilton teacher Ashley Davis - and former NEH student Hilary Hollingshead before going out and sweeping Iowa Star Conference rival CAL in three sets, 25-15, 25-17, 25-23.
CAL (3-11, 1-4 ISC) handled the Trojets at the Clarion-Goldfield Invitational earlier this month.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Northeast Hamilton’s Taylor Olson goes low to pass the ball to the front row against CAL last night in Blairsburg. The Trojets won in 3 sets.
"It was a great night," NEH head coach Kacey Pruismann said. "I think we raised quite a bit of money (for the Armed Forces Foundation) and the girls played really well. It was sweet redemption for us and you can definitely see the improvement from the first time that we played them."
Senior Molly Greenfield a jack of all trades on the court blasted eight kills, collected nine digs and handed out 12 assists to lead the Trojets (6-12, 3-2 ISC), who jumped back over .500 in the conference. Classmate Jennifer Jeffers tacked on six kills, nine digs and two service aces.
NEH starting libero Jaidyn Timm left the match in Set No. 2 with flu-like symptoms, but Pruismann said her team rolled with punches.
Kills - NEH: Molly Greenfield 8, Sarah Elm 5, Jennifer Jeffers 6, Kaylee Massman 3, Taylor Olson 2, Andi Anderson 4.
Blocks - NEH: Greenfield 1, Jeffers 2.
Digs - NEH: Greenfield 9, Elm 12, Jeffers 9, Massman 6, Olson 5, Jaidyn Timm 1, Anderson 5.
Assists - NEH: Greenfield 12, Elm 10, Massman 1, Olson 4.
Serving - NEH: Greenfield 10-10, 1 ace; Elm 10-10; Jeffers 8-10, 2 aces; Massman 18-19, 3 aces; Timm 5-5; Olson 7-7, 2 aces; Anderson 13-13.
"In the first (set) we got on the attack offensively," she said. "We struggled for just a little bit after Jaidyn left, and they actually did pretty well with it."
Taylor Olson stepped into Timm's shoes and played every rotation. She finished with two kills, five digs, four assists and two service aces.
Sarah Elm chipped in five kills, a team-high 12 digs and 10 assists in the win. Andi Anderson smashed four kills and Kaylee Massman had three.
The Trojets will travel to Dunkerton on Saturday to compete in the Red Raider Invitational.
Next week, NEH will host Dunkerton on Tuesday, followed by a Thursday road trip to defending state champion and fourth-ranked (Class 1A) Tripoli.