Knights open volleyball season with win

Kingsland opened the volleyball season at Schaeffer Academy in Rochester. Lauren Buchholtz prepares for a kill as her teammates stay ready for action. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Kingsland volleyball team started the season with a win at Schaeffer Academy in Rochester on Thursday night, Aug. 23.

The Knights won 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-8, 25-23) on the Lions’ home floor, running their record to 1-0 (1-0 SEC) in their first season in the Southeast Conference. Head coach Sam Hanley said his team played well, especially in the back row.

“Coming into the season, I said our back row had to play much better than they did last season,” he said. “I was very happy with our serve-receive game and how our setters played against Schaeffer.”

Senior libero Taylor Zimmerman led the way, handling 28 out of 32 serves successfully. Lauren Buchholtz was a perfect eight for eight and Ellie Buchholtz was five for six. The back row also did a good job of keeping the ball off the floor defensively, coming up with 66 digs. Three Knights were in double figures, including Zimmerman (19), Lauren Buchholtz (18), and Ellie Buchholtz (15).

Hanley said the setters did very well, with the three setters combining for 44 assists. Alyssa Link had 18 to lead the team, Jenna Schmidt added 14, and Ellie Buchholtz chipped in 12.

The team wasn’t quite as efficient at the service line as Hanley wants them to be. The Knights succeeded on 80 of 92 service attempts (87 percent). They did finish up with eight service aces, six coming from Ellie Buchholtz (20 of 24 serving). Zimmerman was successful on 16 of 17 serves and Lauren Buchholtz was 15 for 17. Nora Jahn added 10 of 12.

The Knights finished the match with 44 kills but weren’t efficient, committing what Hanley said was “too many errors.” The team had 28 errors on 135 attacks (21 percent). The Buchholtz sisters combined for 39 of the team’s 44 kills. Lauren Buchholtz led the attack, finishing with 25 of the team’s 44 kills. Sister Ellie Buchholtz added 14 kills.

“We need to clean up our hitting and service errors,” Hanley said. “Alyssa Link, Taylor Zimmerman, and Ellie Buchholtz all stepped up and played really well. This was a good win to start the season with.”


The volleyball team is busy in week No. 2 of the regular season. The Knights were right back in action on Monday, Aug. 27, with a road matchup at Lyle/Pacelli. The Knights were scheduled to host Grand Meadow in their first home match the next night, Aug. 28. They’ll head to Mabel-Canton for the Cougars’ annual Labor Day Holiday Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Knights will see Mabel-Canton at home on Tuesday, Sept. 4.