Knights perfect in volleyball for Homecoming week

Rachel Hansen makes the return for the Knights in a Homecoming Week match against Glenville-Emmons. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Kingsland volleyball team was perfect in Southeast Conference play last week, starting off with a road win at Houston 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-21) on Sept. 11. The Knights also won a home match against conference foe Glenville-Emmons on Thursday night 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-17).

The Knights showed more consistency in several aspects of the game as they upped their record closer to the .500 mark at 6-7 (4-2 SEC).

Beat Houston 3-0

The Knights started the week off with a Southeast Conference road win at Houston 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-21). The stat lines all took a jump higher for the Kingsland girls, both at the net and in the back row. The serve-receive game was an area of concern going into the season and the numbers took a step up for the Knights (5-7, 3-2 SEC).

Senior libero Taylor Zimmerman led the way in the back row, playing 16 of 17 serve-receive attempts successfully. Lauren Buchholtz was 11 for 14 and Nora Jahn was seven for eight. The team played 67 percent (39 for 58) of opponent serves successfully.

The back-row effort also included 52 digs in the three sets. Zimmerman had an impressive night, finishing with 19 digs. Lauren Buchholtz added 12 and Jahn had 10.

The Knights also found a rhythm on offense, finishing with their second-highest total of kills in a single match so far this season (40 kills). Senior outside hitter Lauren Buchholtz had the hot hand, finishing with 25 of the teams 40 kills (62 percent). Ellie Buchholtz had eight kills and Alyssa Link added three. The team finished with 40 kills in 104 attempts and 14 errors (very respectable 33 percent).

Link and Ellie Buchholtz shared the duties of setting up a successful attack, combining for 28 assists. Link had 22 and Buchholtz 16.

The team was also consistent at the service line, hitting 90 percent (58 for 64) of their serves successfully. Zimmerman was nearly perfect at 18 of 19 serves, while Link was perfect, hitting all 16 of her serves successfully.

Beat G-E 3-0

The team returned home for a Thursday-night matchup against Glenville-Emmons. Serving, more specifically, aces, as well as serve-receive were a big difference in the 3-0 match win (25-10, 25-11, 25-17). The Knights improved to 6-7 (4-2 SEC) with the home court victory.

The Knights were 65 of 73 (89 percent) at the service line but were especially aggressive as they finished with 22 ace serves. Ellie Buchholtz went 18 for 19 at the line while tying Jahn (12 for 14) with a team-high seven ace serves. Zimmerman added four ace serves (11 of 12).

The back row players weren’t as busy as it was during the Houston match earlier in the week, receiving just 30 serves from the Wolverines (58 against Houston). They kept the ball off the floor, handling 21 of 30 serves successfully (70 percent). The team finished with 14 digs in limited opportunities (Zimmerman five).

At the net, Kingsland finished with 20 kills in 56 attempts with only nine errors (30 percent efficiency). Ellie and Lauren Buchholtz led the way with five kills each. Link added four, while Rachel Hansen and freshman Shelby Beck each added two kills.

The Knights had four blocks against the Wolverines.


Kingsland volleyball is back on the road Tuesday, Sept. 18, for an SEC match against Lanesboro. The Knights have a tough home match against Spring Grove on Thursday night before turning around for another tough conference match at Mabel-Canton on Tuesday, Sept. 25.