Knights close out regular volleyball season with wins

Jenna Schmidt receives the ball for the Knights in a match vs. LeRoy-Ostrander. Behind her is Taylor Zimmerman (28) and Rachel Hansen (5). CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Kingsland volleyball team was busy during the final week of the regular season.

Kingsland started the week by beating LeRoy-Ostrander on Monday, Oct. 15, by a 3-0 score (25-21, 25-22, 25-12) in the Knights’ only match of the regular season against the Cardinals. The Knights finished their regular season at the Rochester Exchange Tournament on Friday and Saturday, rallying from a slow 0-4 start in pool play to win their final two matches on Saturday. The Knights finish the regular season at 14-17 overall (8-6 SEC).

The Knights have already started off the postseason as the No. 9 seed in the East Sub-Section, traveling to No. 8 seed Houston on Monday night, Oct. 22,, after this edition went to press. The winner will move on to a match at Mabel-Canton, the sub-section’s No. 1 seed, on Thursday.

Beat LO 3-0

Kingsland was home for its final regular-season match, taking on LeRoy-Ostrander (9-19, 5-10 SEC). The Knights took their only regular-season match against the Cardinals 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-12), running their record to 12-13 (8-6 SEC).

The Knights had one of their best serving nights of the season, going 66 of 70 at the line (94 percent efficiency), coming up with 10 aces. Two players stood out at the service line. Alyssa Link was one serve from a perfect night, hitting 18 of 19 and coming up with two ace serves. Nora Jahn also shined at the service line, going 16 of 17 and leading the team with four aces of her own. Lauren Buchholtz added another three aces while going nine for nine.

Lauren Buchholtz led the attack with 15 kills and paced the defense with a team-best three ace blocks. In addition to a great night at the service line, Link quarterbacked the offense with 33 of the team’s 37 assists. Jenna Schmidt had the other four assists and chipped in three kills. Jahn had an all-around performance, finishing second on the team with 12 kills.  Shelby Beck added three kills and 2.5 ace blocks.

The Knights attack had an efficient performance against the Cardinals, generating 38 kills in 94 attempts while committing 18 errors (solid 21 percent efficiency). Defensively, the Knights played 65 percent of the Cardinals’ serves effectively (36 of 55).

Resilient in Rochester

The Knights ended the regular season with a two-day tournament in Rochester, which ended up in mixed results for the Kingsland girls. The team wound up starting the tournament by dropping all four of its pool-play matches before rebounding to win their two finals matches the next day. The 2-4 tournament results left the Knights with a final regular-season record of 14-17 overall (8-6 SEC).

The Knights dropped their first match of the day on Friday 2-0 to Hayfield (10-13). The Knights were also swept by identical scores of 2-0 against St. Louis Park (15-8), Rochester John Marshall (18-7), and against Woodbury on Saturday morning (12-14).

The Knights started the finals with a 2-0 win against Rochester Lourdes (5-18) and then finished with a 2-0 victory over Blue Earth Area (3-26). Knights’ coach Sam Hanley was very proud of the way his team rebounded to take the final two matches of the tournament.

“We actually played really well in the earlier matches,” Hanley said, “but we just couldn’t quite get over the hump. It was a nice turnaround to beat Rochester Lourdes and Blue Earth Area on Saturday to finish it out.”

No other stats were available for the tournament.


The Knights wound up with the No. 9 seed in the Sub-Section 1A East tournament, traveling to No. 8 seed Houston on Monday night, Oct. 22, for a first-round match at Houston. Monday’s meeting was the rubber-match between the teams as each team beat the other on its home floor. The winner of Monday’s match has a tough assignment, heading to No. 1 seed Mabel-Canton on Thursday, Oct. 25.