BLAIRSBURG - Always on the defensive, always retreating - not much fun for a volleyball team.
Northeast Hamilton didn't have much fun in its Iowa Star Conference finale here last night.
With a quick-strike attack in the middle and bombers on the outside, fourth-ranked (Class 1A) Janesville simply had too much weaponry for the Trojets in a 3-0 sweep, 25-7, 25-11, 25-8.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Northeast Hamilton senior Molly Greenfield (7) tips the ball over the block of Janesville’s Allison Hesse last night in Blairsburg. The No. 4-ranked (Class 1A) Wildcats left with a 3-0 sweep in Iowa Star Conference play.
Northeast Hamilton finished 4-4 in the conference and sits at 8-16 overall heading into next Thursday's final regular season match against CWL.
"Playing a team like Janesville is frustrating ... it definitely feels like all night you're getting pounded at and whether you dig it up or not is the question," NEH head coach Kacey Pruismann said. "They are such good serve receivers too that even when we had the serve we always felt like we were on the defensive."
The Trojets finished with just five kills. Freshman Andi Anderson delivered four of them and Jennifer Jeffers tacked on one.
Kills - NEH: Andi Anderson 4, Jennifer Jeffers 1.
Blocks - NEH: Kaylee Massman 1, Anderson 2.
Digs - NEH: Molly Greenfield 6, Sarah Elm 4, Jeffers 9, Massman 8, Jaidyn Timm 8, Anderson 7.
Assists - NEH: Elm 3, Greenfield 1.
Serving - NEH: Greenfield 4-4; Elm 6-7; Jeffers 4-4; Massman 5-5; Timm 1-2; Taylor Olson 2-2; Anderson 3-3.
NEH piled up the digs though - 42 in all - and that pushed Janesville (25-6, 7-1 ISC), particularly in the opening two sets.
"The scores really didn't reflect how well I thought we played," Pruismann said. "There was a lot of volleying going on, but they were able to finish off more of them."
Jeffers collected nine digs to pace the squad, and Kaylee Massman and Jaidyn Timm both finished with eight. Anderson chipped in seven, Molly Greenfield six.
The victory gave Janesville control of the runner-up spot in the final league standings behind four-time defending state champion and third-ranked Tripoli.