Shakopee Volleyball Week-in-review 09 Oct 11

Week of: 10/2-10/9

Matches/Results:
Def. Minnetonka 25-17, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22
Def. Holy Angels 25-11, 25-10, 25-9

Brief Commentary per Match:
Although there wasn’t an overall great feeling among the team members after the match, the Sabers were happy to come away with a 3-1 win over the up-and-coming Skippers. Minnetonka, who has had some big upsets on the year, has taken some of their Lake Conference opponents to 5 set matches recently (including both Wayzata and EP). We got a taste of the scrappy defense, and limited offensive errors that has led to a turn-around year. We struggled to keep their three offensive weapons in check throughout the entire match. There was a turning point about halfway through the match where we began to pass better, and serve tougher to get their offense a bit out-of-system. Our team used 16 blocks, 9 aces and a solid .285 team hitting % to get the victory.

Coming off their first conference win since 2008, Holy Angels was unable to carry that momentum into their homecoming match-up with the Sabers. In a very efficient three sets Shakopee was able to hold AHA to just 30 points in a 55 minute contest. We have had many discussions about playing dominating ball when given the chance; tonight was one of those nights when we did everything well. With just 12 errors in 111 attempts, the team’s .360 hitting % was one of the best on the year. Combine that with 10 ace serves, a season high, and 17 blocks, as well as a 2.34 passing rating (second highest on the season), and we finally felt good walking out of the gym. More importantly, we have been working very hard on some defensive inefficiencies for the last two weeks, and although AHA didn’t have a lot of fire power, we felt good about how we defended their hitters tonight.

Individual Player Highlights:
Sames’s 23 kills on a .579 hitting % and 5 blocks tops this list of one of her most dominating performances on the year. Maggie Holcombe (30 assists) and Rhinesmith (15 assists) combined for a great assist team on the night. The setters made good choices on the night against a team that proved to be very strong defensively. Hoppe also had a solid night with 11 kills and 3 blocks. Freshman, Kenzie Pieper, chipped in 8 kills and 2 blocks. Senior Libero, Alex Berger, led the way defensively with 16 digs and a 2.28 passing rating.

Claire Sames had another exciting night capitalizing on almost every set racking up 16 kills on just 24 attempts for a .625 %. Her 4 blocks on the night moved her into 1st place in career blocks with 233. This record of 229 was previously held by Sarah Schneider (00-02). Carlee Hoppe also was impressive with her 13 attempts in 31 tries. She also added 3 blocks on the night. Senior setter, Alyssa Bleess had a solid all-around night with 29 assists, 4 aces and 13 digs (most on the team). Taylor Koehn and Rachel Rhinesmith also had big defensive nights with 4 and 3 blocks respectively. Alex Berger had her passing night of the year with a 2.75 rating our of 3.0.

Stat Leaders Per Match:
Vs. Minnetonka (kills- Sames 23 Hoppe 11, Pieper 8; Assists – Holcombe 30, Rhinesmith 15; Blocks- Sames 5, Hoppe 3; Digs- Berger 16, Sames 13, Hoppe 9, Holcombe 9; Aces – Berger 4, Monnens 2)

Vs. Holy Angels (kills- Sames 16, Hoppe 13, Monnens 8; Assists- Bleess 29, Holcombe 16; Blocks-Sames 4, Koehn 4, Hoppe 3, Rhinesmith 3; Digs- Bleess 13, Sames 12; Serve Aces – Bleess 4, Rhinesmith 3, Monnens 2

Cumulative Team Record and Stat Leaders:
Overall Record: 17-2
Missota Conference Record: 4-1
Kills: Claire Sames (219), Carlee Hoppe (170), Kari Monnens (106)
Assists: Maggie Holcombe (423)
Blocks: Sames (60), Kenzie Pieper (33), Koehn (29), Carlee Hoppe (26)
Aces: Alex Berger (21), Monnens (17), Alyssa Bleess (16)
Digs: Berger (182), Sames (129), Hoppe (125), Maggie Holcombe (75), Monnens (75)

Athlete of the Week Nomination:
Senior libero, Alex Berger, had her most consistent week of the season leading the team to two big wins. In the two matches Alex combined for 24 digs (second on the team), 5 ace serves (tied for 1st) and a 2.41 passer rating (1st on the team). These numbers reflect the die-hard effort that Alex demonstrates in practice each day.