By: Seth Kinker, email@example.com
The Dexter Dreadnaught (11-2) and Manchester Lady Dutch (4-4) girls volleyball teams both finished 2-1 at a quad meet hosted by the Lady Dutch on Sept. 5.
Every team played the other teams in attendance once in a best of three sets. The Dreadnaughts defeated the Columbia Central Golden Eagles (25-18, 25-21), fell to the Lady Dutch (20-25, 16-25), and defeated the Jackson Northwest Mounties (25-18, 25-22)
With the quad on Thursday, the Dreads finished the week 3-1, picking up an SEC win earlier in the week against Adrian (25-17, 25-20, 25-8) on Sept. 3.
Leading the Dreads on against Adrian were Jordan Kless (10) and Hanna Quinn (7) in kills, Eleanor King (16) and Delany Amedt (14) led the team in assists, Quinn La Fontaine (16) and Livvy Mellifont (13) led the team in digs, and LaFontaine and Cami Fischer led the team in blocks with three each.
Dread head coach Liz Palmer told The Sun Times that the Dreads were happy to be leaving with a 2-1 record after the quad at Manchester. After the last match, Palmer told the team she was impressed by their composure to come back from a tough loss to a team they had beaten before to come away with the three-set win in their last match of the day.
On Sept.5, the Lady Dutch first fell to the Mounties (17-25, 20-25) before finishing with wins against the Dreads (25-20, 25-16) and the Golden Eagles (25-12, 21-25, 25-17).
Lady Dutch senior Kayla Engel led the Dutch in kills, tallying 38 over the three games, and digs with 26. Junior setter Kayla Ridenour also racked up 69 assists to lead the Lady Dutch in the three games.
Lady Dutch head coach Trisca Beasley said she was happy with her young team’s performance as they continue to use the early season to find their playstyle.
Engel steps into a larger role this season and Beasley said she wants “Kayla (Ridenour) to be setting Kayla (Engel).”
After a loss to the Mounties that saw the Lady Dutch get off to a slow start, they beat the Dreads in two sets. Earlier this year, the Dreads had topped the Lady Dutch in three sets at a tri-meet in Saline.
“Going into Manchester, we knew they were a little more on fire than the first time we saw them,” said Palmer on the rematch. “They were just on. Everything they did was working and we couldn’t seem to find our groove and get a solid stop. That’s props to their team.”
This time around, the Lady Dutch won both sets convincingly. Early in set one, the two teams were tied at 7, but the Dreads would go on a 13-6 run to take the 20-13 lead. A late Dread push came up short as an Engel kill ended the first set.
In the second set, the Lady Dutch led right out of the gate and never looked back. A timeout with the Lady Dutch leading 13-8 wasn’t enough to slow the momentum as they took the second set with ease 25-16.
With the strong end to the day, Beasley know this team has potential.
“We’ve got the skills,” said Beasley. “(It’s) just putting it all together and getting consistent. If we could quit committing errors and getting our serves in we’ll be a force. We can take on some good teams.”
This article will be updated with stats.
Photos by Lynne Beauchamp