VOLGA – Sioux Valley bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 3-1 victory over Clark/Willow Lake Thursday night.
The Cossacks jumped out to a fast start winning the first set 25-18. They then went up 9-0 in the second set when CWL would come back and win 25-22.
“We just had a couple of rotations where we’re not really sure of the personal around us and we need to have more confidence in what we’re doing,” said Sioux Valley head coach Jill Vincent.
Sioux Valley then dominated in the third set winning 25-12. The fourth set went right down to the wire with Cossacks pulling it out 25-23. Vincent said she was happy that her team didn’t back down in the clutch.
“I wanted to see that they didn’t back down and start tipping the ball. We still need to hit the ball and have confidence that we can make it over the net. I liked how they came to play tonight and never really lost confidence,” Vincent said.
Vincent said her team needed to improve on defense after their first loss of the season and she thinks her team did just that Thursday night.
“We have to figure out where everyone is comfortable,” she said. “Tonight we ended up moving Rylee[Henomichl] to right back and Rylan [Willis] to middle and I think that was our solve for today. So we’ll use that for a little bit and then maybe move some more people around.”
Rylee Henomichl led the Cossacks with 18 digs and Rylan Willis was not far behind her with 12 of her own. Miakken Vincent had a team-high 10 spikes and Reagan Johnson had nine spikes.
“We had a great digging night from Rylan Willis and then Reagan Johnson had about nine kills, so that’s a big night for her. It was good to see [Johnson] go hard at the setter,” Vincent said.
Willis also led the team with six aces and Henomichl had five of her own. Haydyn Hauge had 22 assists on the night.
Erica Juntnen led the Cyclones with nine kills and Olivia Sass had four. Allison Kannegleter had 26 digs for CWL.
Sioux Valley’s next game will be at McCook Central/Montrose on Sep. 10 in Salem at 7:30 p.m.