CLARION - Wins in two of its first five matches here on Saturday left the Northeast Hamilton volleyball team and its head coach Kacey Pruismann upbeat at what the future may hold.
The Trojets opened their season with a two-set sweep of Eagle Grove (21-12, 21-10) and also beat Iowa Star Conference rival CAL (21-19, 21-8) at the Clarion-Goldfield tournament.
Northeast Hamilton dropped matches to Clear Lake (21-11, 21-15), Clarion-Goldfield (21-19, 21-11) and North Butler (21-9, 21-18), but even the losses didn't stop Pruismann from proclaiming the day a success.
"A great showing from our girls ... leaps and bounds ahead of where we were last year at this time," she said. "Our setters (Lillian Chamness and Kaylee Massman) are surprising me every day with how easily they transitioned into their roles and I'm just blessed with some great leadership and personalities to coach this year."
Chamness (17) and Massman (10) combined to distribute 27 assists in the tournament. Massman was also a team leader in kills with 10; she shared the honor with Andi Anderson.
Northeast Hamilton (2-3) pounded 22 of their 34 kills in the victories over the Eagles and Cadets.
NEH AT CLARION-GOLDFIELD TOURNEY
Eagle Grove: 21-12, 21-10 win
CAL: 21-19, 21-8 win
Clear Lake: 21-11, 21-15 loss
Clarion-Goldfield: 21-19, 21-11 loss
North Butler: 21-9, 21-18 loss
(All Five Matches)
Attacks - Kaylee Massman 31-41, 10 kills; Andi Anderson 37-45, 10 kills; Leah Meyer 14-20, 9 kills; Devyn Van Kooten 9-9, 4 kills; Taylor Olson 7-11, 1 kill; Lillian Chamness 10-10.
Blocks - Meyer 3, Van Kooten 3, Anderson 2, Olson 2, Massman 1, Chamness .
Digs - Jaidyn Timm 19, Anderson 12, Chamness 8, Massman 8, Olson 7.
Assists - Chamness 17, Massman 10, Olson 2.
Serving - Anderson 35-35, 5 aces; Timm 22-26, 5 aces; Massman 19-20, 4 aces; Olson 17-23, 3 aces; Meyer 11-13, 1 ace; Chamness 23-24, 1 ace.
The Trojets opened against Eagle Grove and used five kills from Massman and four from Anderson to dispose of the Eagles quickly.
"I thought we played extremely well (against Eagle Grove)," Pruismann said. "We have never started out our first (match) with that much confidence, communication and overall court awareness."
Massman and Leah Meyer both supplied three kills against CAL. Meyer finished the day with nine.
Libero Jaidyn Timm came up with 19 digs in the tournament. Anderson collected 12, Chamness and Massman eight each, and Taylor Olson added seven.
Anderson and Timm both smacked five service aces. Massman finished with four, Olson three.
The Trojets will take the confidence gained to Madrid this evening for a non-conference match.