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Eagles fall to Antigo, place third in tourney

 

 

 

 

The Northland Pines volleyball team dropped its first Great Northern Conference (GNC) game of the season last Thursday, losing to Antigo 3-0.

The Eagles also competed in the Chequamegon Tournament in Park Falls Saturday, finishing with a 2-2 record on the day and placing third.

Against Antigo, the Red Robins gained the sweep with 16-25, 20-25 and 17-25 victories.

“I saw many good things from lots of players during this game,” said Pines coach Julie Smith. “That tells me these girls are very coachable and are using what they are learning in practice.”

For the Eagles, Maddie Smith led with eight attack kills, Emily Saltenberger had five, and Lexi Smith and Tara VandenBoom had four each. Saltenberger and Maddie Smith led the Eagles with nine digs each, followed by Lexi Smith with six and Mariah Lax with five. Christine John led the team with 11 kill assists and Lax had seven. The team had an overall serving of 91%.

“We’re excited to see the improvement of the team and how we are playing together as a team,” said coach Smith. “We’re seeing better movement on the court and improved defense. I am looking forward to seeing continued improvement.”

At the Chequamegon Tournament, Pines finished third behind first-place Ladysmith and second-place Mercer. Chequamegon was fourth and Butternut fifth.

Pines opened with a 3-0 victory against host Chequa­megon, winning 25-20, 25-17 and 15-13. All third games in the matches were played to 15 points.

In the second round, Pines lost a tough battle with eventual champion Ladysmith, losing 1-2. The games were 22-25, 27-25 and 11-15. The Eagles missed on five serves in the deciding third game.

“We started the day strong and played well against Chequamegon and Ladysmith,” said coach Smith. “The girls were moving on defense and hitting strong. We were outplayed at the net against Ladysmith and needed more confidence to adjust our net play and use our block, but lost in a close match.”

Pines then swept Butternut 3-0, winning 25-3, 25-8 and 15-1.

The Eagles finished the day with a 0-3 loss to Mercer by scores of 20-25, 13-25 and 15-17.

 

 

 

 

The Northland Pines volleyball team dropped its first Great Northern Conference (GNC) game of the season last Thursday, losing to Antigo 3-0.

The Eagles also competed in the Chequamegon Tournament in Park Falls Saturday, finishing with a 2-2 record on the day and placing third.

Against Antigo, the Red Robins gained the sweep with 16-25, 20-25 and 17-25 victories.

“I saw many good things from lots of players during this game,” said Pines coach Julie Smith. “That tells me these girls are very coachable and are using what they are learning in practice.”

For the Eagles, Maddie Smith led with eight attack kills, Emily Saltenberger had five, and Lexi Smith and Tara VandenBoom had four each. Saltenberger and Maddie Smith led the Eagles with nine digs each, followed by Lexi Smith with six and Mariah Lax with five. Christine John led the team with 11 kill assists and Lax had seven. The team had an overall serving of 91%.

“We’re excited to see the improvement of the team and how we are playing together as a team,” said coach Smith. “We’re seeing better movement on the court and improved defense. I am looking forward to seeing continued improvement.”

At the Chequamegon Tournament, Pines finished third behind first-place Ladysmith and second-place Mercer. Chequamegon was fourth and Butternut fifth.

Pines opened with a 3-0 victory against host Chequa­megon, winning 25-20, 25-17 and 15-13. All third games in the matches were played to 15 points.

In the second round, Pines lost a tough battle with eventual champion Ladysmith, losing 1-2. The games were 22-25, 27-25 and 11-15. The Eagles missed on five serves in the deciding third game.

“We started the day strong and played well against Chequamegon and Ladysmith,” said coach Smith. “The girls were moving on defense and hitting strong. We were outplayed at the net against Ladysmith and needed more confidence to adjust our net play and use our block, but lost in a close match.”

Pines then swept Butternut 3-0, winning 25-3, 25-8 and 15-1.

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Eagles finished the day with a 0-3 loss to Mercer by scores of 20-25, 13-25 and 15-17.

“Girls took Butternut with ease and then struggled when taking on Mercer after a bye,” said coach Smith. “I feel the girls could have played better against Mercer. Our serves and our hitting errors hurt us.”

On the day, the team was led in blocks by Maddie Smith with 25,

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:26 PM
 

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