Central volleyball drops two games

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Chelsia Larson goes for the block against the Eagles. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Kaitlyn Wiley serves against Clayton Ridge on Oct. 1. She had three of Central’s six aces in the 3-0 loss.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central volleyball team had a tough past week, dropping two matches in straight sets. 

On Sept. 29, the Warriors took on MFL MarMac, losing 25-15, 28-26 and 26-24. While the match was competitive, and the Warriors actually outperformed the Bulldogs in certain statistical categories such as serve efficiency, serve aces and blocks, they could not overcome a disparity in kills and kill errors. 

In the game, Ava Pensel was the only player to record an assist, with nine. Pensel also had one kill, two blocks and six digs. Teammate Lexi Loan led in kills, with five, and Isabelle Groth and Chelsia Larson both had three. In total, the offense had 13 kills on 82 attempts, with 30 errors for a kill efficiency of -.195. 

The defense managed five total blocks, with Kaitlyn Wiley, Larson and Groth having one apiece, adding to Pensel’s two. As for digs, Maddy Wille led the team with 10, followed by Brandy Beatty with seven and Alivia Keppler with five. 

The Warriors were the better team in terms of serving, with 11 aces, and had a higher serve efficiency, with an 89.4 percent, compared to just seven aces and a 79.1 percent serve efficiency for the Bulldogs. In total, six Warriors had an ace, including Beatty (one), Keppler (three), Wiley (two), Pensel (one), Larson (three) and Wille (one). 

The second game of the week on Oct. 1, against Clayton Ridge, was similarly competitive, but the Warriors again lost in straight sets, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-18. 

The Warriors put up a valiant effort on offense, where Pensel led all players with 24 assists. The offense cleaned up the issues that plagued them against MFL MarMac, specifically in the area of kills, finishing the game with 30 kills on 72 attempts with an efficiency of .250, and had only 12 kill errors. Loan and Beatty led the way with 10 and eight kills, respectively, and Groth came away with five. Three other players, Wiley, Pensel and Larson, all had two kills. 

When it comes to the defense, Groth and Loan both had a block, and the team had 14 total digs, led by Beatty, Pensel and Wille who all had three. Unlike the game against the Bulldogs, Central was dominated in the serving phase of the game. The Eagles finished the game with 21 aces, compared to Central’s six, scored by Wiley (three), Larson (two) and Keppler (one). The Warriors had an overall lower serve efficiency, with an 87.7 percent, compared to 91.4 percent for the Eagles.  

On the season, the Warriors are 3-16. Their next game was against the conference-leading West Central Blue Devils on Monday, Oct. 5.

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