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Fifth Conference Victory & Third Tournament Champs By Marcia Koester

October 22, 2010
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On Tuesday night we traveled to Eldora where South Hardin hosted a “Dig Pink Night” for Breast Cancer Awareness. They raised enough money to purchase pink uniforms. We wanted to participate, so we wore our pink and black jerseys that we bought for team camps. The girls were happy to get to wear these uniforms again this year. The team looked sharp out on the court and especially with those pink, shiny headbands – they didn’t change any skin or hair color, right?? It was a fun night especially winning in three with scores of 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19. The victory put us tied with Grundy Center at 5-0. So on Tuesday night when we travel to Grundy Center it will determine the conference champs. The girls set one of their goals as winning the conference and now they will have their chance to do just that. Emily D. had a match high of 12 kills followed by Emily S. with 11. Jill had another nice game as she recorded 30 assists and was 16-17 serving with 3 aces. Addi had an all-around night with 8 kills, 15 digs and went 22-for-22 serving with 4 aces. Erin had 17 digs and Jenna posted 6 blocks. Great job ladies on another conference victory! On Thursday night we hosted a cross-conference match against Denver. We knew going into this night that they were going to be very tough and they were by taking the victory in four with scores of 20-25, 24-26, 25-23 and 16-25. This was the first night that we used Shannon in about three weeks. We wanted to try to get her back in the swing of the tempo of a game before the weekend and she played well for the first time with 7 kills. Carrie again did a nice job as she had four sets and had three kills. Emily S. led the team with 13 kills followed by Jenna with 10 and Emily D. with 7. Addi had another good night defensively collecting 15 digs and she went 26-for-27 serving with 4 aces. Jill finished the night with 39 assists which gave her a record 2,000th career assist. Congratulations Jill! We are proud of your accomplishment!! The team was hoping to accomplish two goals on Saturday at the BCLUW Tournament and they did. They wanted to win the tournament and get their 20th victory. We started the day playing West Marshall and beat them with scores of 21-16 and 21-16. Then we played BCLUW and beat them 21-16 and 21-15. Next up for us was East Marshall to get another victory 21-17 and 21-14. The girls then took care of business in the afternoon with a victory against Lynnville-Sully 21-11 and 21-8. Our last opponent for the day was New Hampton and we won 21-13 and 21-13. These five victories put us with a record of 22-8. The team again played well enough to win, but if we want to reach our next goal we need to come out every match and not make unforced errors or our season will be over. This week the team needs to stay focused in the gym, so we can continue to improve on some areas of our play. The three seniors reminded me that this was their last tournament of their high school career and I’m glad they received another first place medal. Rachael continues to play well defensively even though she doesn’t get the stats the other girls do. It was good to see Shannon play again even though it wasn’t where she left off when she sprained her ankle but she had 20 kills for the day and 5 blocks. Emily S. led the team with 27 kills, 5 aces, 11 digs and 8 blocks – great day Stoakes! Jenna led the team with 13 blocks, 4 aces and 19 kills. Way to go Jenna! Addi had another great day on the court with 16 kills, 3 aces, 1 block and 15 digs. Emily D. and Carrie split time at the outside spot and they had 9 and 8 kills respectively. Erin led us in digs with 27 and does an excellent communicating on the court! Jill finished with 85 assists, 5 aces, 16 digs and 5 blocks for the day. Congratulations ladies on being the tournament champions! Up next for the Rebels is a conference game at Grundy Center on Tuesday night and Parent’s Night at home on Thursday night against North Tama. Then the 19th is our first regional match against West Marshall at 7:00 in Reinbeck. We hope to have as many fans as possible for all of our matches as the girls would love your support!


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