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sports November 2, 2016 Sioux County Index-Reporter [ 9 I ,, "=.j, IvL. ,, 'l-til II-- ay consl in win over neers B0yden-Hull lays 0ff the gas pedal in set three, but plays well overall in the f0ur-set decision to advance to the semifinals against t0p-ranked Western Nathan Broekl Sports Editor them the whole game. Mentally we were not sharp nbroek@ncppub.com and I could tell we went through a lull in the second to third game. They really tried to pick it up, but it was Follow us on Twitter @lndexPaper too late:' MILFORD-Boyden-Hull played a well-rounded game Boyden-Hull quickly regained focus in game four, overall against Okoboji Monday, Oct. 24, for the Class advancing to take on top-ranked Western Christian in 2A Region 3 volleyball tournament, but the Comets the semifinals. still have a few things to work on after a 25-13, 25-18, "The fourth game the girls were focused, were able 20-25, 25-13 d~cision, to get out strong and were able to sustain a good Boyden-Hull was determined to keep its seasonlead;' Hofmeyer said. alive, despite playing the rest of the tournament on But with a top-ranked team in the Wolfpack next, the road, and the Comets showed that determination Hofmeyer said the mental mistakes need to improve for the most part in set one. in a hurry. "The first game we came out strong, but it was back "1 was pretty happy with how they played. They deft- and forth the first few points;' said Comets' coach Mel nitely put themselves on coast mode during the sec- Hofmeyer. "Then we were able to go on a run and ond game and it cost us in the third;' Hofmeyer said. score some points:' "We need to stay mentally sharp and it starts with our That early momentum continued as Boyden-Hull talking and communication. We had a lot of plays at jumped to a 6-2 lead in game two.The Pioneers rallied the end of the second, and into the third, where the back to a 6-6 tie, but the Comets got a side out on a girls were Iookingat one another:' Kaylee Anderson kill, putting Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag Jo Luevano led the offensive attack with 12 kills, on the service line. Van Der Zwaag quickly gave Boy- Anderson had six and Erika Pottebaum had three. Au- den-Hull the cushion it needed, going on a 10-0 run drey Kreun passed out 26 assists. Defensively, Brianna with seven aces for a 15-6 lead that the Comets never Kleinwolterink had two digs. Anderson and Kreun had relinquished, one dig each. Anderson and Katie Rozeboom each "The second game we came out well and then Kai- had a block. tlyn Van Der Zwaag went on about a 10-point serv- On the service line, Van Der Zwaag led the team, go- ing run where we were able to gain a significant lead;' ing 26-for-30 with 13 aces. Anderson went 20-for-21 Hofmeyer said. with two aces, Kleinwolterink went 12-for-14 with one But that big lead and second-set win had a negative ace, Luevano went 11 -for-12 with one ace and Potte- effect on the Comets as they did not play up to their buam went 10-for-12 with two aces. potential at the end of the second set, leading to a "All-around, very happy with our performance. We defeat in the third set. had different hitters step up and they made some key "We kind of got into coasting mode during the mid- plays. Our defense and our back row were strong;' die of that game (set two) and didn't finish as strong Hofmeyer said. "Serving was also very good and we as we started;' Hofmeyer said. "That type of mental- were able to take more control of the game on our ity ran us into the third game where we played with serving runs:' Boyden-Hull senior Jo Luevano prepares to launch a serve dur- ing Class 2A Region 3 volleyball tournament action Monday, Oct. 24. Luevano went 11-for-12 with one ace, before her high school career came to an end in a 3-0 match loss to Western Christian Thursday. Photo/Nathan Broek. Wolfpack down Comets in three, will play for a state berth n Nathan BroeklSportsEditor Wolfpack, Hofmeyer felt her team nbroek@ncppub.com should have given a better defensive ef- fort. Follow us on Twitter @lndexPaper "Ou r serve-receive was a n issue. We HULL-Boyden-Hull came into the weren't able to dig the ball out and our Class 2A Region 3 semifinal looking for set wasn't where it needed to be," she an upset of cross-town rival and top- said. "So our girls weren't able to see the ranked Western Christian. But the Wolf- block (from Western Christian) or we pack simply had too much fire-power at ended up being too far from the net" the net and on the service line in a 25- With its season on the line, Boyden- 13, 25-6, 25-16 Western Christian win Hull gave the Wolfpack a battle in set Thursday. three with the score at 7-6 in favor of, The Comets knew the challenge was Western Christian after Kaylee Ander- going to be tough, so their goal was to son dropped in a kill. play each game as competitively as pos- "It's do or die. We had nothing to lose sible, and they (the Comets) needed to step "Our goal was to take at least a set up, otherwise we weren't going to keep from them. We wanted to show as much playing;' Hofmeyer said. of a battle as we could. They are top- Western Christian promptly got a side ranked, but we wanted to prove that we out on a De Jager kill from the right could battle with them" said Boyden- side, sparking a 6-0 run that proved to Hull coach Mel Hofmeyer. be the difference in the 25-16 decision The first set began with a 3-2 Wolfpack and sweep of the match. lead after Western Christian committed "1 give them (Boyden-Hull) credit be a serving error. The Wolfpack quickly cause they came backand battled hard;' got a side out on an Emily Van Ginkel coach Veerbeek said. "We stayed really kill, sparking a 4-0 run and an 8-2 cush- aggressive and had some hitting errors ion. Boyden-Hull got as close as 11-5, at the end, but when you are sitting at but Western Christian did not allow the 24-12 (at the end) you can take those Comets to get any closer. Coach Tami chances and the girls know that:' Veerbeek said those long runs were a The victory for Western Christian ad- result of theWolfpack's continued work vanced it to its 21st-straight regional on the service line. Western Christian final against Central Springs. served at a .905 clip with seven aces in "1 have some tape on them and have the match done some scouting on them already. "We talked about being aggressive They have one dynamic hitter that has with everything that they do and that over 300 kills;' coach Veerbeek said."lt's starts at the service line"Veerbeek said. going to be fun, it's going to be chal- "1 thought our serving took Boyden-Hull lenging, but I don't think their strength out of it. They were kind of scrambling or schedule is going to be as good as and we had them on their heels most of ours so I hope we come in and they the night:' haven't seen any team like us:' But the Wolfpack did not serve up to Granstra and Kooi finished the night coach Veerbeek's standards in gamewith 15 and 14 assists, respectively. Er- one. Western Christian committed five ica Bousema, Granstra and Winterfeld serving errors in game one. led the defensive effort, plucking 12 "We only served at 80 percent thatdigs each. Feenstra had six and Janae first game and I kind of got on the se- Wynja had five. De Jager got in on three niors about that," Veerbeek said. "We blocks at the net. Kooi also had three want to serve tough. The further down blocks. Feenstra had two blocks, Win- the road we go and the tougher teams terfeld had two blocks and Van Ginkel we face, we have to get them out of sys- had one. On the service line, Winterfeld tern" went 14-for-16 with three aces. Granstra Western Christian did not take long to went 17-for-17 with one ace, Feenstra jump on Boyden-Hull in set two, taking went 12-for-13 with one ace, Bousema a 7-0 lead to start and only allowing the went 8-for-lO with one ace, Wynja went Comets to score 6 points in the set. 6-for-7 with one ace and Van Kley went "Avery Van Kley had a huge serving10-for-11. run for us, which is great because it's Boyden-Hull saw its season come to not one of our strongest rotations. So to an end with a 14-16 record and a tie for get that big of a run was great to see;' third place in the Siouxland Conference. Veerbeek said. "I'm very happy with how they per- She added that the multiple hitting formed this season. I thought this was options are always tough to stop. Van one of our strongest teams since I've Ginkel and Ashtyn Veerbeek both led been head coach;' Hofmeyer said."Mo- the team with nine kills. Karsyn Winter- tivation-wise, attitude-wise and effort- field had eight with Jessi De Jager and wise, they gave it their all. Being tied for Erika Feenstra pounding out six kills third in the Siouxland Conference says each. something:' "We have so many hitting options it's Hofmeyer added that ending the sea- like, who are you going to stop? If you son against the top-ranked team in the stop Erika, then we'll set up Karsyn. If state is also a good thing. you stop Karsyn, we'll set up Emily and "To finish third in the regionals, I'm it just keeps going. The hitters are very very, very happy," she said. "We played balanced and our setters (Olivia Grans- the #1-ranked team in the state and tra and Makenna Kooi) did a good job of that's how we ended our season. I can't locating those hitters" coach Veerbeek be too upset about that." said. Stats for Boyden-Hull were not pro- Despite the tough attack from the vided prior to press deadline. Western Christian middle hitter Erika Feenstra rips down a spike through two Comet defenders during Class 2A Region 3 volleyball tournament action Thursday. Western Christian won the match 3-0, advancing to the Regional Final against Central Springs Tuesday, Nov. I. Photo/Na- than Broek. Boyden-Hull senior setter Audrey Kreun sets up a pass for fellow senior Kaylee Anderson during Class 2A Region 3 volleyball action Thursday. The two seniors saw their prep career come to an end in a 3-0 sweep to the top-ranked team in the state Western Christian. Photo/Nathan Broek.