MPHS Volleyball: Easy domination allows team to refine skills
Sky-Hi Daily News
The Lady Panthers’ varsity, junior varsity and C-Squad volleyball teams easily won all three matches on their home court Wednesday against the Sheridan High School Rams.
Coach Kris Newberry said their clear domination of the matches allowed her spikers to refine their playing skills and teamwork.
“These matches afforded us the opportunity to work on our offense,” she said. “We ran several plays with multiple attacks, and you could see our girls were getting more comfortable with running a varied offense. Our focus in these matches was to strive for precision in our execution.”
In Wednesday’s varsity match, the Lady Panthers romped to a victory in three games by scores of 25-10, 25-8 and 25-18.
“One of our team goals was on better serving and we did it,” Newberry said. “Jessica Waldron, Quincey Pedersen and Madison Zolnir were perfect in their serving with no errors in the match.”
Middle Park’s varsity also racked up a number of aces with Elsa Krieg and Shannan Stensvad leading the way with four apiece. They were followed by Waldron and Pedersen with three each, Zolnir and Chelsea Lang with two each, and Larissa Burg and Cheyenne Hickox with one apiece.
Newberry said the varsity’s offense was “fairly balanced” in Wedneday’s match. Krieg led with six attacks while Stensvad, Hickox, Lang and Jenny Kinney had three kills each.
During the match, Hickox earned four digs while Waldron made three. Hickox also executed two blocks.
In the junior varsity match, Middle Park’s spikers crushed their opposites from Sheridan in two games by scores of 25-7 and 25-12.
“We did better than we expected,” said JV Coach Tynet Calhoun. “Hopefully, we’ll keep running more plays as we did in this match.”
On Wednesday night, the Lady Panthers’ C-Squad added another win to their perfect season record by beating Sheridan in two games by scores of 25-13 and 25-15.
“I want to congratulate our C-Squad because they haven’t lost a single game so far this season,” Newberry said. “Wednesday’s win was powered by their serving which included 20 aces for the match.”
Those 20 aces were earned by three C-Squad players. Brittany Herndon earned an outstanding 11 aces for the match while teammates Makayla Claussen made five and Hailey Nordin four.
“Brittany also had awesome an awesome night by making five kills,” Newberry said.
The Lady Panthers are slated to travel to Clear Creek High School in Idaho Springs on Friday, Sept. 26 for a triangular tournament against Clear Creek’s Golddiggers and Platte Canyon’s Huskies. The competition gets under way at 4 p.m.
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