By: Michael Trotter
Nashville’s volleyball squad has spent the early part of this season ranked number one in the Deep South Volleyball Coaches Poll. That shouldn’t change after a week that saw the Hornettes defeat two other top 10 teams in regular season action and five teams in the Rangerette Classic.
On Wednesday Nashville defeated Woodlawn at home by scores of 25-12, 25-11. The Cardinals stayed close to Nashville for part of the first set and only trailed by four at 15-11 but Nashville came up with the final seven points to pull away. The second set was briefly tied at 4-4 before the Hornettes took control for an easy win.
Hazel Konkel led in kills with 10 and Reese Varel had seven. Emily Schnitker had 16 assists. Daci Finke, Talanie Kozuszek and Valerie Combs all had five digs. Varel was the leading server with seven points and Konkel had five.
Thursday night Nashville traveled to Centralia to take on the fourth-ranked Annies. The first set was well-played with the Hornettes coming out on top 25-19. Nashville dominated much of the second set and led 21-9, then had to withstand a Centralia rally before wrapping up a 25-15 win.
Konkel had six kills to lead the offensive attack and Kozuszek and Varel had four kills apiece. Schnitker led in assists with 15. Nashville’s front row defense did not allow many of Centralia’s attempted hits to get through as Ruby Konkel had seven blocks, Varel had three and H. Konkel had two. Schnitker had 10 digs, Emmerson Paszkiewicz had eight and Kozuszek had five. Schnitker served for 10 points and Finke added eight.
In their first match on Saturday at Benton the Hornettes defeated Harrisburg 21-12, 21-7. H. Konkel led in kills with five, Kozuszek had four and Varel added three. Schnitker had 12 assists. Leaders in digs were Finke with 11 and Schnitker with six. Schnitker and Paszkiewicz served for seven points each and Finke had six.
The second match was Nashville’s easiest of the day as they quickly defeated Christopher 21-6, 21-3. H. Konkel led in kills with six and Combs and Kirsten Twenhafel added two apiece. H. Konkel had three blocks and R. Konkel had 2. Schnitker had 11 assists while Combs had two. Finke came up with four digs and Varel and Emma Eberhart had three each. Paszkiewicz served for 15 points (including five aces) and Finke and Schnitker scored seven each.
Nashville’s next match was a 21-8, 21-8 win over Salem. H. Konkel had seven kills, Varel had four and Twenhafel had two. Schnitker had 14 assists and Combs had two. Combs led in digs with five and Finke and Kozuszek had four each. Finke served for nine points and H. Konkel added five.
With their 3-0 record in pool play Nashville advanced to the tournament semi-finals to face. Carmi. While the Lady Bulldogs put up more of a fight than some of Nashville’s opponents the Hornettes still were victorious by scores of 25-14, 25-19. Varel had a great match on offense as she connected on 10 kills. H. Konkel had seven kills and Twenhafel had six. Schnitker had 20 assists and Varel had two. Finke led in digs with 10 and H. Konkel had seven. H. Konkel also led in blocks with three. Top servers were Combs with 13 and Finke with eight.
Nashville won the championship of the Rangerette Classic with a 25-9, 25-17 win over Woodlawn in the finals. H. Konkel had nine kills for Nashville, Twenhafel and Varel had five each and Kozuszek had four. Schnitker led in assists with 16, Combs had three and H. Konkel had two. Varel and H. Konkel each had two blocks. Paszkiewicz led in digs with eight and Finke had six. Finke served for 11 points and Schnitker had 10. Nashville’s overall record now stands at 14-1.