Kingsland falls to powerful Mabel-Canton in volleyball


CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Zoe Scrabeck of the Knights tries to hit the volleyball around Mabel-Canton defender Emily Carolan.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Kennedy Fenske bumps the ball for the Knights in a match at Mabel-Canton.
By: 
Chad Smith

The Kingsland volleyball team dropped its only match of the week on Tuesday, Sept. 3, a 3-0 (6-25, 10-25, 9-25) Southeast Conference (SEC) road loss at Mabel-Canton.

The Knights (3-10, 2-2 SEC) are battling through injuries early in the season but played a little better than the final scores indicated. Kingsland coach Amanda Siskow said they played several long and extended rallies against the Cougars, but just couldn’t finish them off for points and sustain momentum.

“Although the match didn’t go the way we wanted it, we did see some good things on the court,” she said. “We played a lot of long rallies that we couldn’t quite get to go our way.”

Sophomore middle hitter Shelby Beck led the team at the net with three kills. Alexys Harwood, Hannah Peshel, Caitlin Miner and Zoe Scrabeck each added two. Ellie Buchholtz led the offense with 10 set assists. Beck was also the top defender at the net, getting two blocks while Buchholtz and Kaysie Vreeman each added one.

The Knights don’t extend rallies with a good team like Mabel-Canton if the back row isn’t playing well. Audrey Webster led a busy group of back-row players with eight digs. Beck was next with five digs, Anika Reiland and Scrabeck each contributed three digs, and Peshel had two.

“Our serving wasn’t as strong as it should have been against a good team like Mabel-Canton,” Siskow added. “However, we’re still very excited about some of the things we’ve been seeing on the court. The scoreboard didn’t reflect the amount of effort we saw against Mabel-Canton last week.”

Building a program

Siskow was especially excited about how well the school’s younger volleyball players did at a weekend tournament in St. Charles. The Kingsland seventh-graders took third place in the tournament, while the eighth-graders finished in sixth place.

“I was very proud of both teams as they played well,” she added. “They worked together well and displayed good sportsmanship all day. 

Schedule

The Kingsland girls were scheduled to be back on their home floor on Tuesday, Sept. 10, against SEC foe Houston. They hit the road on Thursday, Sept. 12, for a match at Glenville-Emmons. The Knights host Lanesboro to start next week on Tuesday, Sept. 17.