Tigers edge out Wolverines to begin 2017 season

Trinity Christian20-25-25-19-173

South O’Brien25-22-22-25-152

PAULLINA-South O’Brien had the edge in experience over Trinity Christian in a War Eagle Conference volleyball match Tuesday, Aug. 29, but the Tigers were able to find a way to win 20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 17-15 and start the 2017 season 1-0.

The Wolverines came into the match with two contests already under their belts with a two-set defeat to Spencer and a two-set victory over Okoboji at the Spencer tournament Aug. 24. Coach Jon Mooy said that played a factor in South O’Brien taking the first set.

“It was the first match of the year and we haven’t had any scrimmages or anything like that prior to this, while South O’Brien had a few games under their belt already,” Mooy said. “For us, we just had to get our feet going and get into the speed of the game. It is a lot different speed in a live match like that than in practice, mostly because we don’t have enough girls to practice at that type of speed.”

Trinity Christian, however, did not take long to adjust to the live match speed and took games two and three for a 2-1 advantage in the match.

“I think once we got into the flow of the game and once we knew they were not that much better than us, we started to create things for ourselves,” Mooy said.

South O’Brien came back to tie the match in set four, forcing a deciding game five. The Tigers were able to jump on the Wolverines and have five chances at match points, but South O’Brien rallied back to take a 15-14 lead in the set.

“We got stuck in a certain rotation where we couldn’t pass the ball and we just weren’t mentally tough at that point,” Mooy said. “Kudos to South O’Brien for making a run to come back, but that was still disappointing on our side.”

Trinity Christian was able to get a side-out for serve and rotate one of its top hitters, Shayna De Roon, to the front court to take the 17-15 set and the match.

“We responded well. We were able to get Shayna De Roon to the front court and I think that turned out to be the biggest difference for us,” Mooy said.

De Roon ended the match as the offensive leader with 14 kills. Alyssa Uittenbogaard had eight and Alyssa Maassen had six. Caitlin Van Engen dished out 29 assists. Ashley Van Egdom chipped in with three assists.

Defensively, Kalie Andringa got in on 18 digs, De Roon had seven, Van Engen had six, Cassidy Eppinga had five and Uittenbogaard had four. Overall Trinity Christian had 41 digs .

“That was one of the positive things. The girls played pretty well in the back row. We were able to push the ball up a little bit further to our setter (Van Engen) and give our hitters an opportunity,” Mooy said

What the Tigers will be working on before next week is the service line. Trinity Christian had a 79.8 serving percentage with 12 aces. Individually, Van Engen went 18-for-18 from the stripe with two aces. Van Egdom went 20-for-27 with four aces, Uittenbogaard 13-for-14 with one ace, De Roon 13-for-17 with three aces, Andringa 13-for-16 with two aces and Maassen 6-of-7 with no aces.

“A lot of serving errors to begin the season. We were serving too long or we had balls go right into the net. We just have to concentrate and take the time to put the ball in play,” Mooy said.

In the end, this match was not technically how Mooy wanted to start the season but said he is pleased to get the win either way.

“We don’t want too many of those close matches or else I’ll end up with a heart attack,” Mooy said, “but I’m very pleased. We’ve got a rough stretch of tough games coming up, so it was nice to get that first one under our belts.”

Trinity Christian has two games this week against Class 1A fifth-ranked LeMars Gehlen Catholic Tuesday, Sept. 5, and Class 2A fifth-ranked Unity Christian Thursday, Sept. 7.

Comments are closed.

  • Wolfpack go 3-3 again at Bellevue, Nebraska tournament

    September 13th, 2017

    BELLVUE, NEB-Class 2A second-ranked Western Christian always uses the Bellevue West volleyball tournament in Bellevue, Nebraska, as an early-season measuring stick to figure out what to work on for the rest of the regular season.

    Comets come up short to Lions in three sets

    September 13th, 2017

    HULL-Boyden-Hull played a tough two sets against Central Lyon in Siouxland Conference volleyball Thursday, Sept. 7, but the Comets could not dig themselves out of early holes in each set and were swept 25-21, 25-23, 25-16.

    Local teams compete in second meet of the 2017 season

    September 13th, 2017

    Sibley-Ocheyedan cross-country meet Local teams compete in second meet of the 2017 season Both Wolfpack teams claim third-place finishes, Lizzy Blum of the Nighthawks takes first individual meet title, Tiger boys

    Tigers downed by fifth-ranked LeMars Gehlen Catholic in three

    September 13th, 2017

    LEMARS-Trinity Christian was able to play with Class 1A fifth-ranked LeMars Gehlen Catholic for the first half of each game, but the Tigers could not prevent the game-deciding runs the Jays made in each set and were swept 25-13, 25-17, 25-15 in War Eagle Conference volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 5.

    Comets stay hot, win their home tournament

    September 6th, 2017

    HULL-Boyden-Hull had its fair share of lumps and bumps during its home volleyball tournament Thursday, Aug. 31, but, in the end, the Comets were able to get the points when it mattered most to win all three of their matches.

  • Wolfpack start the 2017 campaign in Spirit Lake

    September 6th, 2017

    SPIRIT LAKE-Due to the cancellation of the Spencer cross-country meet Thursday, Aug. 24, the Western Christian girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams had to start their 2017 campaign at the Spirit Lake Invitational Tuesday, Aug. 29 at Brooks National Golf Club.

    Nighthawks and Tigers start 2017 campaign in Milford

    September 6th, 2017

    MILFORD-The Okoboji Invitational at Woodlyn Hills Golf Club Thursday, Aug. 31, was the first meet of the 2017 season for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and Trinity Christian cross-country teams.

    Comets start 2017 volleyball season 2-1

    August 30th, 2017

    After a rough ending in match one, Boyden-Hull comes back to beat West Sioux and West Lyon at West Lyon tournament

    Nighthawks take victory in battle of defending champs

    August 30th, 2017

    HULL-The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley versus Western Christian football game to start the season is an annual event, but the Aug. 25, 2017,

    Noble and Solberg picked as all-state players

    August 9th, 2017

    The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its all-state baseball players Tuesday, Aug. 1, and two Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley players were selected.

  • [Advertisement.]
  • What’s Happening

    Henry Hoekstra

    Henry Hoekstra 83 Hull, Iowa September 4, 2017 Henry Hoekstra, 83, of Hull, Iowa, passed away Monday, Sept.

    Harvey Rozeboom

    Rozeboom Rozeboom 81 Hills, Minnesota August 19, 2017 Harvey A. Rozeboom, 81, of Hills, Minnesota, died Saturday, Aug.

    Henry J. Van Wyhe

    Van Wyhe Van Wyhe 87 Brandon, SD August 31, 2017 Henry Van Wyhe, 87, of Brandon, South Dakota, passed away Thursday, Aug.