It was a mixed bag of results for the ADM volleyball team yesterday as they began their 2018 campaign in the road at the Filly Invitational in Grimes.
The Tigers were matched up against four opponents in Algona, Urbandale, Southeast Polk, and Gilbert where they split the day going 2-2. The pair of wins came against Algona and Gilbert with the losses coming against Class 5A’s Urbandale and Southeast Polk.
The wins started out against Algona where the Tigers got out in front early with a 21-13 set one win and rallied after a 21-11 set two set back to claim victory in set three 16-14. Josi Lonneman led the team in kills for the match with eight kills and ten digs while Morgan Meyer paced the Tigers in assists with nine on the contest. Jordyn Crow pitched in two blocks to the winning cause while Briann Powers served up two aces.
The win against Gilbert came in almost identical fashion winning set one 21-16 only to fall in set two 21-10. That set up a down to the wire set three where the Tigers pulled out the victory 16-14. Once again Josi Lonneman led the way in kills notching seven for the match while junior star Abbie Hlas notched 16 digs to pace ADM. Morgan Meyer led the way in assists with ten while Delaney Bertman showcased her skills with two aces on the match.
The defeat against Urbandale came by way of a 2-0 decision after ADM dropped both sets 21-9 and 21-18. The Tigers were limited to just 11 kills in that match not to mention just nine assists and two aces. The match up against Southeast Polk was a closer contest but still the Tigers fell in two sets 21-16 and a tight set two 24-22. The team delivered 12 kills in that match led by Josi Lonneman with six while Delaney Bertman tallied five of the team’s eight assists for the match. Josi Lonneman and Abbie Hlas shared in the digs lead with seven while five different Tiger stars earned aces in the match including Brian Powers, Morgan Meyer, Abbie Hlas, Jordyn Crow, and Delaney Bertman.
Before the invite, head coach Mary Beth Scott felt confident about her team and their ability to be successful in 2018.
“We have a solid group of girls who are very talented both with physical skill and with their mental attitude,” began Scott. “We may not have as much experience as last season but this team has gelled well together during the summer and in the first weeks of practice.”
The Tigers are now 2-2 to start the 2018 season and will have the chance to tack on a win as they travel to Creston on August 28th.