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Hornettes Struggle Against Carlyle

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Junior Paige Kasten digs the ball off the serve during a two game loss to Carlyle on Thursday September 8.

The Nashville Hornettes volleyball team, wrapped up a busy week as they competed against Carlyle on September 8, and competed in the Benton Tournament on September 10. The Hornettes struggled against Carlyle, but bounced back to win three of their five games on Saturday in the Benton tournament.

The Hornettes struggled in their first match of the week against Carlyle. The Hornettes lost the match in two straight games, as they could never find a rhythm. The Hornettes dropped the first game 25-14, and dropped the second game 25-8. In the first game, the Hornettes fell behind early and never could recover. After trailing 4-1 early, the Hornettes only got as close as two the rest of the way. Carlyle would easily win the game. The second game was no contest as Carlyle jumped out to a 10-1 lead and cruised to a 25-8 victory.

The Hornettes got back on the winning track in the Benton tournament, as they defeated Grayville in their first match of the tournament. A closely contested first game saw the Hornettes come out on top 26-14. The Hornettes were able to pull away in the second game, winning 25-13, which would clinch the match for the Hornettes. Abby Kempfer led the Hornettes with six kills. Kempfer tied for the team lead in blocks with Bailey Melton. The Hornettes were led in service points by Paige Kasten with seven. Abby Grabowski and Kempfer were second on the team with five service points apiece. Sydney Schnitker led the Hornettes with eight assists in the win, while Mackenzie McFeron led Nashville with six digs.

In their next match, the Hornettes dropped a close three game match to Woodlawn. Nashville came out winning the first game 25-18, but dropped the next two games to Woodlawn. Woodlawn won the second game 25-19, and the third game 16-14. McFeron led Nashville in the loss with eight kills. Kempfer and Kasten tied for the team lead with five service points apiece in the loss.

The Hornettes picked up their fourth win of the season against Johnston City in two games. The Hornettes won the first game 25-19, and the second game 25-22. Janie Holle led Nashville with eight kills in the win. McFeron led the Hornettes in service points with 11, while Grabowski led the team with eight assists. Kasten and Holle tied for the team lead with five digs apiece.

The Hornettes would lose another close three game matchup in their fourth match of the tournament to Thompsonville. The Hornettes won a thrilling first game 27-25 before dropping the next two. The next two games were closely contested, but Thompsonville came out on top 25-21, 15-10. McFeron led Nashville with six kills in the loss. McFeron also tied for the team lead in service points with eight along with Kasten. Melton was first in blocks with two, while Grabowski led the team with four assists.

The Hornettes final match of the tournament was up against Valmeyer. The Hornettes finished the tournament on a high note as they bounced back from losing the first game, 25-20, to win the final two games. The Hornettes won the second game 25-18, and the third game 15-11 Holle led the team with three kills in the win. Kasten, Kempfer, and Schnitker each had six service points for Nashville to lead the team. Kasten and Holle also topped the team in digs in the match with five apeice.

The Hornettes finished in a three-way tie for fourth place, but due to tiebreakers, finished in sixth place.The Hornettes record stands at 5-8 on the season.