BLAIRSBURG - After a rough opening weekend at the Clarion-Goldfield tournament, Northeast Hamilton showed head volleyball coach Kacey Pruismann it can be competitive following a solid home debut Tuesday night.
Ultimately, the Trojets remained winless. Still, there were plenty of positives that Pruismann says the team can use as building blocks as it gets set to open up Iowa Star Conference play next week.
"It was so much better than when we played in the Clarion tournament," Pruismann said following the Trojets 3-2 loss to Madrid. "We communicated a lot more effectively and it gives me a lot of hope going forward."
Leah Meyer snuffs out the attack of Madrid during Tuesday’s non-conference match in Blairsburg. Madrid beat Northeast Hamilton in five sets. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg
Northeast Hamilton’s MaKayla Tapper (1) and Cassidy Nerland converge on a serve receive during the Trojets’ five-set loss to Madrid on Tuesday in Blairsburg.
DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg
NEH (0-6) dropped five consecutive matches at the tournament, all by 2-0 tallies. But they answered the challenge with a first set win over Madrid (2-1) before the Tigers gained the upper hand and went on to win 23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 10-25, 15-10.
A better grasp on serve receive and NEH could have won, Pruismann said.
"The games we lost were about the serve receive," she said. "If we would have done a little bit better on the serve receive end of things, I don't think it would have been back and forth quite as much. We had a 19-4 run in that fourth set when we did a much better job, but we lost the momentum in the fifth game when they came out strong with their serves."
MADRID 3, NORTHEAST HAMILTON 2
Tuesday at Blairsburg
Attacks - NEH: Lillian Chamness 21-27, 7 kills; Leah Meyer 12-12, 2 kills; Brooke Evans 17-19, 4 kills; Devyn Van Kooten 13-13, 5 kills; Cassidy Nerland 2-2, 1 kill; Tiffany Werner-Moore 12-14, 3 kills.
Blocks - NEH: Meyer 2, Van Kooten 2, Nerland 1.
Digs - NEH: Meyer 2, Van Kooten 1, Nerland 3, Chamness 8, Evans 1, Werner-Moore 10, Taylor Olson 2, MaKayla Tapper 8.
Assists - NEH: Chamness 6, Nerland 1, Werner-Moore 10, Tapper 1.
Serving - NEH: Chamness 10-11, 5 aces; Meyer 16-17, 4 aces; Evans 13-14, 3 aces; Werner-Moore 14-16, 1 ace; Van Kooten 7-9, 3 aces; Nerland 10-17, 9 aces.
Six Trojets delivered kills at net, led by Lillian Chamness with seven, Devyn Van Kooten with five and Brooke Evans with four.
Tiffany Werner-Moore did a little bit of everything in the five setter with three kills, 10 digs and 10 assists. Libero MaKayla Tapper collected eight digs, as did Chamness.
NEH hammered away at the service line with 25 aces. Cassidy Nerland piled up nine, Chamness had five, Leah Meyer finished with four, and Van Kooten and Evans delivered three a piece.