Titan volleyball team splits last two matches to Ortonville and Hancock
by coach Judy Gillespie
The Titans posted a conference win against Ortonville, 3-0. Scores of the games were 25-18, 25-20, and 26-24. The girls played good, solid volleyball the first 2 games. They picked up a lot of digs on defense and our hitting was hard and consistent. Game 3 saw us get a little too relaxed and Ortonville took advantage of that. The Titans found themselves down 14-22 in game 3. The girls were determined and very composed on the floor when J. Lehman stepped to the service line and got us to 19-23. Because of our defense, we were back in the game. A side out got us the serve back and M. Kontz served to give us the lead 24-23. From that point it was back and forth exciting volleyball until we finally won game 3, 26-24.
We really had a balanced attack game with several girls posting kills.
Johnson led with 9, Draper had 7, Haney 6, Dierks 5, Engquist and Strobel each had 4. Kontz had 13 set assists and Johnson had 9.
Engquist was 10/11 in serving, Johnson 9/10, Lehman 14/15, 2 aces, Dierks 15/17, 2 aces, Kontz 14/16, 2 aces, and Howe 7/9.
Dierks had 4 aces blocks, Strobel had 2 and Draper contributed 1.
CAHN 1 Hancock 3
The Titans traveled to Hancock for another conference match and to avenge a loss to them earlier in the season, but it wasn't meant to be and Hancock prevailed, 1-3. Scores were 25-16, 21-25, 20-25 and 17-25.
The Titans came out ready to play in game one. They made very few errors and cruised to a win in game 1. Games 2-4 were a different story as the girls couldn't keep the dertermination and momentum in their favor.
Hancock turned things around and the Titans became less aggressive on defense. We didn't get the hitting or the blocks that we had in game 1 and Hancock capitalized on our mistakes.
Leading in the offense was Dierks with 12 kills, followed by Draper with 7, Johnson 6, Haney 5, Engquist and Strobel 4 each and Kontz had 1. Kontz also had 17 set assists and Johnson had 15.
We had several girls who were perfect at the service line. Engquist was 19/19, Johnson 14/14, 1 ace, Kontz 12/12, Lehman 11/11, Howe 11/13 and Dierks 12/15, 2 aces.
Engquist and Howe each had 28 digs on defense and Lehman had 19. Dierks had 2 ace blocks and Engquist, Draper, Strobel and Johnson each had 1.
Our overall record now stands at 12-8-7, with a conference record at 4-4. We have one regular season match left on Tuesday, October 24 in Herman against CTF. We then start post-season play on October 26.