Is Elk Grove the one to beat for DHS womens volleyball?

By Ashley Rinetti,

HUB staff writer–

On October 11th at 5p.m. in the DHS south gym, the JV girls volleyball took on the Thundering Herd girls of Elk Grove High School in a clash of league rivals.

The Blue Devils entered the game with a 7-11 overall record, with an impressive 3-1 record in league play. The Elk Grove ladies entered the game with an overall record of 0-4 and were traveling to Davis for the first time this season.

Elk Grove sneakily took home a win winning the first set 25=14, and the second set 25-15.

Both teams were on their toes waiting to pounce for the ball.  Davis’s first few serves were inconsistent, giving Elk Grove point after point.

“We all have the skills to play really well but sometimes when we get caught off guard it affects us through out an entire match,” JV player Nikki Bayar said.

The Thundering Herd ladies were serving up fastballs starting the second set, continuing their reign to victory 5-0 within the first three minutes.  The Blue Devils were unable to respond defensively.

Davis did utilize their fast reaction time when halfway through the second set Elk Grove bashed the ball over the net.  The ball barely touched faces with the floor when Elli Meinert dove for the ground and thrusted it up towards Kinsey Nelson who passed it to Kendal Paulson who hit it over the net once more.  Elk Grove then hit it out of bounds, giving Davis a 10th point.  But the lower double digits were as close to a victory as the Devils were going to get.

The Thunder Herd swept away the two sets with no traces left behind but the smell of victory, and a disappointed Devil.

“I don’t think we communicated well, and our passing and serving is what got us badly,” Meinert said.

The lady Blue Devils hope to redeem themselves next Tuesday, October 16th at 5 p.m. at DHS against the Franklin Wildcats.

“There are three tough teams in our league so the girls just need to keep working hard and focusing on each team as they come.  But as far as this game went, that wasn’t their best effort,” JV coach Lyndsay Cantrell said.


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