Blue Knights Volleyball Finishes Season Strong with 2nd Place Finish
The Blue Knights volleyball team ended the 2017 season with a 2nd place finish in the Sub Region XIII Tournament. The Knights went 2-2 on the weekend, with wins against Gogebic CC and Lake Regions State College.
The Knights started a little shaky and lost a close match in their first round matchup to Gogebic CC, in 5 sets. (16-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 11-15) They came back determined the next match and beat Lake Region State College in 4 sets. The next day, the Knights had a rematch in the semi finals with Gogebic and went on to beat them in 3 straight sets. In the finals, the Knights fought hard, but lost in 4 sets to North Dakota State College of Science.
In the first match up, the Knights were led by Freshman Middle, Sam Carr, with 15 kills, 3 solo blocks, and 2 block assists. Sonje Odegard added 8 kills, 3 block assists and 2 aces. Chelsea Kiewel led both teams with 40 digs.
In the potential elimination match, the Blue Knights played Lake Region State College. The Knights determination to battle for every point gave them the edge they needed to take the match. (25-17,25-21, 15-25, 25-21). The Knights were again led by Sam Carr. She had 16 kills with a .484 hitting %. Sonje Odegard added 9 kills with .444 hitting %, and Destiny Cox added 8 kills. Chelsea Kiewel added 26 digs.
The next day provided a rematch for the Knights, as they took on Gogebic CC in the semi-finals. The Knights knew that they needed to battle for every point once again, facing a scrappy Gogebic team. The Knights were up for the challenge and beat Gogebic in 3 straight sets. (25-20, 25-17, 25-22). The team was led again by Sam Carr with 13 kills hitting .455. Sonje Odegard added 12 kills and hit .391. Destiny Cox added 10 kills. Freshman DS, Haley Anderson led the defense with 26 digs.
In the last match of the tournament, the Blue Knights faced off against NDSCS, in the finals. Although the Knights fought hard, and played really well at times, the Wildcats played steady and consistent and came out with the win in 4 sets. (12-25, 26-24, 16-25, 21-25). Sam Carr ended her amazing tournament with 8 kills, 5 block assists and .318 hitting %. Destiny Cox added 8 kills as well. Haley Anderson added 18 digs and Chelsea Kiewel added 13 digs.
"I was really proud of how hard our team fought and battled this weekend and this season. We improved a lot from the start of the season until the end. More than anything, our team was willing to play for each other and work hard in the gym during practices to get better. We will have a great group returning next year, but will definitely miss the leadership from our sophomores. I want to wish our sophomores the best of luck as they move on; they are great people who deserve great things in the future." said head volleyball coach, Jen Bowman.