Lady Scouts win three straight after losing season opener

Photo by Jonah S.
Macy G. serves the ball during the first set of the Fillmore Central game. Macy G. contributed one service ace to the team’s six service aces during the game.

Jonah S.

Following a disappointing 3-0 loss to Fillmore Central, the Lady Scouts bounced back by winning the Fort Calhoun Tournament on Sept. 6 and by beating Tri-County on Tuesday.

The Lady Scouts came out strong in their latest game against Tri County, winning in three sets: 25-17, 25-22, 25-17. Macy G. had nine service aces, with Abby E. contributed three more.  Jesse G. had 14 kills, while Hope R. had eight digs, and Ruth B., Abby E., and Katie R., had an additional six each.

Increasing their streak of wins and complete shut-outs to three, the Lady Scouts look to maintain momentum after starting off slowly in their first game. On Thursday Sept. 4, the Lady Scouts took on Fillmore Central to open the season. The game was at home, and everyone was anxious to see how the team had improved. The team started off slowly with a 15-25 loss in set one. But as the team got comfortable, they played more competitively. The second set ended 21-25, and the third set ended in 21-25 with the Lady Scouts leading all the way until it was tied 21-21.

“Once the girls settled down and just played volleyball, they really showed what they could do. When we play together and talk, we can be really good,” Head Coach Emily Maresh said.

Even though they lost, they had momentum. At the Fort Calhoun tournament, the Lady Scouts brought home gold for the first time in a handful of years. They beat Winnebago 28-26, 25-4, and 25-16 to open the tournament. Megan F. led the team with eight kills, hitting an impressive .545. Ruth B., Macy G., Jesse G., Hannah V., also added five kills each. Jesse G. and Macy G. combined for 14 ace serves, and Katie R. led the team with seven digs.

With the win, the Lady Scouts moved on to play Fort Calhoun in the championship game. Again, they won the match in three sets: 25-14, 25-15, and 27-25. Ruth B., Hope R., and Katie R. all contributed greatly on defense. Hope R. had nine digs, Ruth B. had eight, and Katie R. added another eight.

The Lady Scouts look to continue to improve as they get into the heart of their schedule. The team has a break until Sept. 16, when they play at Madison. Then they have a triangular at Milford, where they have the chance to play undefeated Milford and Malcolm.

“I remind my team all the time that they cannot do anything about the past, but they can do something about the future,” Maresh said. “Looking into the future, the girls need to better the ball more. If someone has a bad pass, the next person that touches the ball needs to try to make it better so we can get it over the net without having to send a free ball across.”