The Ladysmith volleyball team was very busy last week as they had two games at home as they hosted the Barron Bears on Tuesday as they celebrated senior night and then returned home for cancer awareness night to take on the Prentice in the LMHS Gymnasium. The Jills wrapped up the week with the first half of the conference tournament in Cumberland as they faced off against Cumberland, Hayward Spooner and Northwestern.
On Tuesday the Jills came out in set one ready to play and battled a tough Barron Bears team. “We actually had the lead 20-24 but could not put the ball down on the court for the win. Losing this set by a close 25-27 was tough, but the team continued working throughout the night before losing 22-25 and 15-25. Barron covered the court well and held our offense to only 33 kills,’ stated head coach Tammy Peggar.
On Thursday night, the Jills hosted their annual cancer awareness event against Prentice, the Marawood conference champs. “We knew this would be a battle. We had defeated them in their tournament earlier in the season. Struggling with our serve the entire night, really hurt us. While we had streaks of solid play, we lost the match in 4 sets, 21-25, 19-25, 25-16 and 21-25,” coach Peggar pointed out.
On Saturday, the first part of the conference tournament was held in Cumberland. With 93 percent serving in this match and 10 aces, followed by some early morning determination, the Jills beat Hayward 25-21, 20-25, 15-9. In set two, the Jills read the court well, especially Rian Engelhardt and Cassidy Stanger who both had great serving. In set three, Emily Egle finished the set with a great kill to end the set and get the win for the Lumberjills
In the second match against Northwestern, the Jills had a faster tempo, led by Abby Meltz in passing and setting. “Faith and Hannah Riegel were mixing up the plays on offense very well against Northwestern. I don’t have to tell these two setters where to put the ball. They read the court well on offense. Emily Egle and Abby Meltz are becoming very confident hitters and that is also helping our offense. The Jills won this match 25-17, 25-13,” commented coach Peggar.
In the third match the Jills found themselves facing a tough Cumberland team that they had beaten a week earlier in a intense five set match in Ladysmith. “We were not ready for the fast tempo and found ourselves behind way behind in each set. Abby Meltz had some nice plays at the net to help us dig our way back. Mady Clark was exceptional in the back court picking up a lot of balls on defense. She is doing a fantastic job and gets better every match. The team really competed at times in this match but lost 20-25 and 18-25,” stated coach Peggar.
In the final match against Spooner the Jills worked on solid passing to set up their offense as Courtney Boggs and Brittney Wiles saw some time in this match and each came in to make a quick kill. “Our tough serves proved to be too much for Spooner and the Jills won 25-20 and 25-17,” coach Peggar stated.
“Overall, the Jills had great teamwork Saturday. They continued to show their hard work on consistency which will be the key moving forward. Lauren Zimmer continues to bring solid leadership to this team. Delaney Herbes proves to be a force in the HON conference with 30 kills on the day and solid back court play. Faith Meltz and Cassidy Stanger each added 14 and Rian Engelhardt, 13. Cassidy Stanger was 100 percent from the serving line with 31 serves and nine aces. Hannah Riegel was nine percent with 35 serves,” coach Peggar concluded.
The Jills are currently sitting at 3rd in conference with a record of 7-4 as they look to wrap the regular season up Thursday night as they compete in the second half of the conference tournament in Bloomer that will start at 5 p.m.