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East Mills struggles at Clarinda tourney

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The East Mills volleyball team ran into trouble early and never seemed to get into rhythm while losing all six of its matches at the Clarinda Volleyball Invitational on Saturday.

The Wolverines dropped matches to Treynor 21-14, 21-9, to Council Bluffs St. Albert 21-4, 21-6, to Shenandoah 21-9, 21-14, to the host Cardinals 21-10, 21-16, to Griswold 21-16, 17-21, 15-13 and to Bedford 18-21, 21-14, 15-10.

“Overall, this was a tough tournament and our play was disappointing,” said East Mills coach Connie Viner-Blank. “We had some good plays here and there, but didn’t string enough of those plays together. Hitting errors plagued us all day, but our serve receive was a highlight.  

“After the Treynor, St Albert, and Shenandoah matches, we settled down and started to play better.  In the Griswold and Bedford matches, we were close but didn’t find a way to finish.”

Kendra Croghan and Stephanie Frink led the Wolverines in kills with 18 and 13 each, respectively.

Elizabeth Walker  recorded 28 set assists and Emmy Duysen 27.

Walker also served 27-for-28  with eight aces

Jessie Doyle had 36 digs.

SW Valley 21-16-25-26-15
East Mills 25-25-19-24-9

The East Mills volleyball team dropped a tough, five set match to Southwest Valley 25-21, 25-16, 19-25, 24-26, 9-15 Thursday.

The Wolverines led 2-0 before a furious Southwest Valley comeback closed out the win for the Timberwolves.

“Wow, what a match,” said East Mills coach Connie Viner-Blank.  “This was a hard-fought, exciting match.  Losing in five sets was tough, but the effort by our girls was outstanding and we were very proud of them.  We had them in set four and just couldn’t finish, losing 24-26.  Set five we struggled with serve receive and had too many hitting errors.  But overall, great effort and teamwork.”

Kendra Croghan led East Mills with 10 kills and 14 digs. Stephanie Frink added seven kills and Emmy Duysen had 15 assists.

East Mills split at FM Round Robin

The East Mills volleyball team got its first victory of the season last Tuesday at the Fremont-Mills Round Robin Tournament.

The Wolverines opened the tournament with a 25-16, 25-9 loss to Underwood before bouncing back to defeat Sidney 22-25, 25-16, 15-12.
“Great win for us,” said East Mills coach Connie Viner-Blank. “We started off a little shaky but we turned it around on great hustle plays, improved ball control and teamwork.”

Kendra Croghan led the Wolverines with 14 kills in the tournament. Stephanie Frink and Emily Ray added nine each.

Emmy Duysen finished with 16 set assists.