By Brent Huelsmann
The Hornettes volleyball team was back in action on Thursday night as they traveled to Carlyle to face the Indians. The Hornettes were without senior Allyson Grabowski due to an ankle injury, but coach Josh Konkel expects her to be back sooner rather than later. Konkel said without Grabowski in the lineup the team had to be more aggressive with their hits and their serves.
The teams traded points in the first match, but the Hornettes pulled away. The game was tied 5-5 early in the game but, Nashville went on a run led by the serving of senior Deidra Holzhauer who helped the Hornettes go on a run to take a 11-5 lead. Carlyle was not able to come back as they couldn't get the lead any smaller than 5 the rest of the match. The Hornettes went on to win the game 25-17.
The second was a much closer affair as Nashville tried to put away the Indians. Nashville got big serves from sophomore Mackenzie McFeron to push the lead to as high as 7 early in the game. Carlyle fought back trimming the lead to four as the game went on. The Indians got the score as close as 23-20 but Nashville closed the game out taking the match. The final score of the second game waas 25-21.
After the match, Coach Konkel was impressed with the effort. “ Overall, we kept our intensity up and played well together as a team, we had a few mental errors, a few mistakes, but we stepped up and came up with the big plays when we needed them.” Konkel also talked about how the younger lineup excelled in the game. Kasten, Kempfer, and McFeron all played big roles in the last game that sealed the win for the Hornettes. “All in all, the sophomores that were out there, they matured a little bit tonight, and they're startin' to step into their roles.”
The Hornettes are back in action Saturday September 12 at the Rangerette Classic. The team then returns home for a matchup Tuesday September 15 when they take on Anna-Jonesboro. The freshman game begins at 5:30 followed by JV and Varsity.