Victoria College Volleyball Loses Opener

Victoria College volleyball loses on the road Wednesday night.
The Pirates lose at Wharton County Junior College, 25-22, 25-13, 25-12. For the Pirates, Kate Sexton from Palacios had six kills and a block; Goliad-ex Katy Salziger, with six kills, two blocks, and former Edna Cowgirl Bailey Brown had seven assists.The The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team eased past Barbados 25-10, 25-7, 25-16 on Tuesday on the second day of the biennial NORCECA Girls’ U18 Continental Championship in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The U.S., now 2-0 in Pool B, concludes the preliminary round on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET against host Honduras. The pool winner advances directly to the semifinals set for Friday after the crossover quarterfinals with Pool A on Thursday. The final classification matches take place on Sept. 1 with the top two finishers earning berths to the 2019 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship.

The Americans opened the first set with a 6-1 lead and eased into the victory at 25-10 as Barbados scored just once on its own serve. Team USA raced out to a 7-1 margin in the second set and used a 7-0 run to build a 21-6 advantage before concluding with a 4-0 run for a 25-7 victory. Barbados led 4-2 early in the third set and stayed close after the U.S. led 16-13. However, the Americans closed out the match on a 9-4 run to win 25-16.

“For the first 70 percent of the match, I thought we played pretty consistent and reduced our errors, which has been a challenge for us.” U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team Head Coach Jim Stone said. “One of our challenges for this time period has been our left sides setting up a good block and just going straight over it. I thought we did a good job at that today. We have a tendency at times to drift away. It is a work in progress, but I thought it was a job well done today. Within this match, I thought we did a good job controlling Barbados’ best attacker.”

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The U.S. was led offensively by outside hitter Ally Batenhorst (Katy, Texas) and opposite Emily Londot (Utica, Ohio), who each scored 12 points. Batenhorst totaled 10 kills on 11 errorless attacks and two aces for her dozen points, while Londot had nine kills on 15 swings, two aces and a block.

“At the beginning of the match I was hitting a lot of straight on balls, and I tried to change it up and use different shots,” Londot said on the success she enjoyed during the match.

Middle CC Crawford (Kansas City, Missouri) pocketed eight points with six kills on eight errorless swings, one block and one ace. Middle Bre Kelley (Rockwall, Texas) contributed five kills on nine attacks, one block and one ace for seven U.S. points. Outside hitter Lindsay Krause (Papillion, Nebraska) tacked on seven points with six kills on 20 errorless attacks and a block. Setter Kami Miner (Redondo Beach, California) contributed three aces and a kill for four points. Outside hitter Sydney Taylor (Grove City, Ohio) rounded out the scoring with two aces.

Libero Hattie Monson (Morris, Illinois) led the American defense with six digs and was credited with nine excellent receptions on 17 chances.

2018 NORCECA Girls’ U18 Continental Championship Schedule for USA

Aug. 27: USA def. Nicaragua 25-6, 25-11, 25-12 Aug. 28: USA def. Barbados 25-10, 25-7, 25-16 Aug. 29: USA vs Honduras, 10 p.m. ET Aug. 30: Quarterfinals (can bypass by winning Pool B) Aug. 31: Semifinals Sept. 1: Medal Rounds and Final Classification

Miner tallied 14 running sets on 46 total set attempts as the U.S. converted 56.9 percent of its attacks into points with a .492 hitting efficiency (37-5-65). Team USA limited Barbados to a 19.6 kill percent and .036 hitting efficiency (11-9-56).

“I just think it is important to keep the energy up and the enthusiasm throughout the match,” Miner said of running the Team USA offense. “It definitely helps, because when everyone is enthusiastic we play better. I was trying to get my hitters the best ball possible.”

Courtesy: USA Volleyball