Volleyball team opens conference play with win then loss

Tess Thurston spikes on Glencoe-Silver Lake. (Submitted Photos)  Sklyer Wallisch spikes on St. Anthony.
Tess Thurston spikes on Glencoe-Silver Lake. (Submitted Photos)

Watching White Hawks volleyball team this past week we are reminded of the Charles Dickens classic novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” The week started off with a bang having the White Hawks step up to the challenge of their first away match and completely dominate the St. Anthony Huskies. The White Hawks made quick work of the Huskies by defeating them 3-0 to win the match. All players participated in this victory; it was true team effort with every member of the varsity seeing significant court time.

Game highlights:
• Skyler Wallisch – five kills, three service aces, six digs
• Tess Thurston – five kills
• Katelin Catton – four kills
• Nikki Wharram – five service aces

On Sept. 3 the White Hawks hosted undefeated Glencoe-Silver Lake in their conference opener. This was the (other city) side of the story. Forsaking the gutty, spirited, team orientated attitude so splendidly on display during their tough loss to Hutchinson in week one and the domination of St. Anthony earlier in the week our White Hawks had what can best be described as an off night. Hopefully this was a one-match blip on the radar.

Game highlights:
• Tess Thurston – four kills and three blocks
• Samantha LaTour – nine digs
• Kayleigh Wood – six digs

Coaches Corner:
As a program, the match vs. St. Anthony was a big step forward. This was are first away match and the girls adjusted well. For varsity, it was a nice win against a section team. All players were contributors on the court to the success of the team.

To be honest, the Glencoe-Silver Lake match was a disappointing conference opener. Although the Wright County Conference volleyball conference is one of the toughest overall, we didn’t show up to play.
Glencoe will likely be in the top of the conference but we didn’t challenge them. We didn’t make strides towards our goals, but we look to learn from the match and move forward.