Week of: 10/24-10/30
Defeated Chaska 18-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20
Brief Commentary per Match:
The #8 seeded Chaska team came out ready to play. Meanwhile, the Sabers slowly shook off the rust after 9 days off, losing the first set before picking up the pace. The girls admitted some nerves slowed them down causing several hitting and serving errors in the first 15 points of the match. Fortunately our serve receive was next to perfect at this time, which gave our hitters a chance to work out the kinks and start to make a come-back. It was too little, too late to get the first game, but the momentum helped the girls start strongly in the second set. As the strong passing continued, the hitters started finding the floor. Our servers went on to only miss 1 more serve the rest of the match forcing Chaska to have to earn their points. Although the sets were fairly close throughout, the players and coaches felt good about the end result, knowing that we dodged a bullet with Chaska likely playing their best match of the year.
Individual Player Highlights:
You could see that Chaska really keyed in on MB Claire Sames as they double and triple blocked her and defended her well. Even still, Sames managed 13 kills. More importantly, she stepped up her defense with 5 blocks and 12 kills, both second on the team. Carlee Hoppe had one of her best matches of the year with 13 kills, 5 blocks, and passed her best rating of the year with 2.36 (out of 3). She also was called on to play all six rotations, something that hasn’t happened during a good portion of the year (she has usually been given a back row break). Libero, Alex Berger, had a season high 20 digs on the night, and passed a solid 2.18. She also added 3 ace serves (out of the team’s 6 total). Due to a need for some more offense, senior setter/hitter Rachel Rhinesmith, was asked to drop the setting role and focus on the hitting. She answered the call with 10 kills on just 22 attempts. She also added to blocks. Kari Monnens rounded out a balanced offensive night with 11 kills on 27 attempts. Setter Maggie Holcombe took over the full duty of setter and did a great job of keeping the offense balanced with 47 assists. She also contributed 11 digs on the night.
Stat Leaders Per Match:
Kills- Sames 13 Hoppe 13, Monnens 11, Rhinesmith 10, Pieper 5; Assists – Holcombe 47; Blocks- Pieper 6, Sames 5, Hoppe 5, Rhinesmith 2; Digs- Berger 20,Sames 12, Holcombe 11, Leadstrom 11; Aces – Berger 3, Monnens 2
Cumulative Team Record and Stat Leaders:
Overall Record: 24-3
Missota Conference Record: 6-1 (final standings 2nd place)
Athlete of the Week Nomination:
Junior outside hitter, Carlee Hoppe, had one of her best all-around matches of the year to help the Sabers keep the season alive beating the Chaska Hawks in the section quarter-final match. Carlee did many things well, but was likely emotionally powered by a strong hitting night where she had 13 kills and a .250 hitting percentage. Carlee was the target of 25 of Chaska’s serves and answered the call as she had a team high and season best .236 passer rating (out of 3.0). Carlee took advantage of many blocking opportunities getting 5 on the night.