Hannah Williams (11) tips a ball over the head of a Howard blocker during last Thursday’s home match as teammate Taylor Peters looks on.
The inconsistency of the Flandreau Flier volleyball team has struck again, showing signs of incredible talent, followed by execution mistakes. Last week the Fliers dropped two matches, but again showed signs of a winning team.
Flandreau took their home court on Tuesday against a very good Sioux Valley team that entered the match 11-4 and only four losses were to Parker (21-0) and Arlington (19-4).
The girls battled hard during all four sets. The first set came down the wire before Sioux Valley finally surged ahead to take a 25-18 win.
Game two saw Flandreau’s only set win of the night. Another close call but Flandreau was able to sneak out with a huge 25-22 victory.
They tried using that momentum through the third game but came up just short, falling 20-25.
Sioux Valley gave Flandreau all they could handle in the final game and the Fliers could not find an answer, dropping the final game 25-14 and losing the match.
Head Coach Andrea Gullickson continues to see improvement by her team but consistency is still an issue. “We talked throughout the match that we had two options in attacking them. When we chose option one, we were very successful and were right in the match to win it. When we chose option two, we didn’t score the points we needed and came up short.”
“On the positive side, our ball control was the best I have seen it all season. That allowed us to be more consistent setting the ball up.”
Flandreau looked to turn it around in their second match of the week. This time the opponent was Howard.
Flandreau took it to the girls from Howard in the first game, scoring the games first 16 points before finally allowing Howard a chance to serve. The two teams would exchange points to the end but the early lead was far too much for a comeback, giving FPS a 25-10 victory in game one.
Game two was much closer. Howard came out of the gates a little bit fired up taking a majority of the first few volleys. Flandreau would crawl back and take a 6-5 lead but just couldn’t hold on to it and allowed Howard to take a 8-15 lead.
FPS was not done fighting however, scoring the next eight points thanks to some effective serving by junior, Taylor Peters, to bring the score to 16-18. The two teams battled to a 23-23 tie but Howard prevailed in the end, taking game two 25-23.
The third game was no less of a battle in the trenches than game two. The teams exchanged moments of brilliance followed by moments of error. By the time a team got to 25, it just wasn’t enough. The two teams would battle through extra points but Howard was able to make just enough plays to finish off the set and win 29-27.
The fourth game was the final one. Howard was able to make enough big plays to beat the exhausted Flandreau squad 25-20.
Momentum has been a huge factor for the Fliers all year but they have struggled to keep it going for an entire match.
“We had a great first game, but we couldn’t keep the momentum going in the next three. We had a chance to win both the second and third games but didn’t finish the plays to get the points,” Coach Gullickson said after the match.
“The girls have really put in a lot of hard work into the season so far and we know we are capable of playing well, but they need to figure out a way to play that way an entire match.”
The Fliers looked to put that hard work to the test again last night when they faced off with Moody County foe, Colman-Egan. Results from that match will be in next week’s paper.