After falling to the inevitable injury bug in their first match of the week, the Flandreau Flier girls volleyball team was able to recover with an exciting victory over Howard on Thursday night to pick up the team’s sixth win of the season.
Tuesday’s match at Sioux Valley was a bit of a struggle defensively for the Fliers. The team was forced to play a lot of inexperienced players due to injury and illness, but Fliers’ head coach Andrea Gullickson believes that despite the three set loss, this will help her team in the long run.
“We have less experienced players getting more court time and are adjusting to the pace of the matches. As the season continues, this will help provide us with depth and options once everyone is healthy.”
Flandreau dropped the first set, 25-10, as well as the second, 25-12, but despite losing the third set, it was evident that the girls were starting to play better, falling 25-21.
“The first two games of the match we struggled defensively and with our service return,” Gullickson said. “The third match we were able to pull together and play,” she added.
Marisa Hare led the Fliers with five kills, while Hannah Williams added four of her own. Paige Dexter led with five digs, while Maria Patterson picked up a team leading 12 assists.
But Thursday was a much different story. The Fliers traveled to Howard and earned themselves a five set victory over their Big East Conference rival.
It didn’t start out how they wanted, however, as they dropped the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-16.
But they were able to get it going when they needed it most, taking the third set 25-22, and the fourth set 25-16 to force a winner take all fifth set.
The Fliers rode the momentum from the previous two sets right from the get-go and earned themselves a 15-12 set win and a match victory to go along with it.
“Even though we started the match down two games, we had confidence that we were going to win,” Gullickson said about her team’s performance. “We started looking more comfortable in our positions and I am pleased with how we reacted throughout the match. We had a lot of girls contribute to the win.”
Marisa Hare compiled 20 kills for the Fliers with teammates Hannah Williams and Shanaya Lunday picking up 16 and nine kills respectively.
Emily Rosheim picked up 22 digs in the Libero position, while Patterson earned 44 assists.
But one of the biggest keys to the Fliers victory came in their service game. Rosheim was a perfect 22 for 22 from the service line with four aces. “Our servers did a great job of placing the ball,” Gullickson mentioned after the game.
Flandreau will hope to continue their good play; they battled cross-county rival Colman-Egan last night but wont play again until they host Clark-Willow Lake on October 15th.