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Kendra Schmidgall hammers an attack down for a kill in game one of the Owls match with Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta at the Stacy Polzin McIntyre tournament at UMM on Saturday. The Owls lost the set in a nailbiter 26-24 after holding a lead for most of the game. Photos by Randy Olson, Herman-Hoffman Tribune

Owls volleyball defeat CGB, Henning

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The Lady Owls volleyball team had a busy week last week having two matches and a tournament and coming out with a 4-1 record. On Tuesday the Owls hosted a scrappy Henning team and won in three sets. Kendra Schmidgall led the team with 13 kills followed by Lauren Nelson with nine and Courtney Greiner with eight. Aria Walstad had 29 assists.

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The Owls served 92 percent as a team and served aggressively to eliminate Henning from getting into their offense.

On Thursday they traveled to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley for a conference match against the Wolverines and came away with a 3-0 victory. The Owls struggled at the start of each of these sets with passing and communication, which made it difficult to get the offense going. They were able to serve smart and aggressive by keeping the ball away from their best passer and were able to capitalize on some nice runs when struggling in other areas. Schmidgall had 18 kills followed by Greiner with eight and Nelson with seven. Walstad had 33 assists for the night.

On Saturday, the Lady Owls traveled to UMM and participated in a tournament. In pool play their first match was against Dawson-Boyd and they came away with a 3-0 victory. Next came Lac qui Parle Valley. Hancock won 3-1. This brought them into the gold bracket where they were matched up against a talented Morris team. The Owls fought hard in the first set losing 24-26 and then fell behind in the second set and were never able to recover. Tyhe Owls lost that set 16-25 giving the Owls their first loss and third place in the tournament.

"Although we struggled all day with our serving and passing I thought we did a better job on coverage and finding the holes in the other teams defense," said Coach Kristi Fehr. "We really need to improve on staying mentally focussed throughout the whole match and eliminate our mistakes."

Kendra Schmidgall was named to the All-Tournament team. The Owls are now 5-1 overall and will travel to Minnewaska on Saturday for an eight team invitational.

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