By Shari Friedel
Perkins County volleyball players are still looking for their first win of the season, most recently placing third in a triangular against Hitchcock County and Wallace; and losing to Holyoke at the Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 7.
It took four sets for Holyoke to defeat the Lady Plainsmen Friday, with the first set going into overtime, finally ending in Holyoke’s favor 26-28. The next set belonged to the Lady Plainsmen 25-17. Holyoke took the third and fourth games, 20-25 and 16-25.
“We passed fairly well but struggled on serve receive,” said Head Coach Penny Hite. “However, we did a great job of keeping the ball alive.
She commended the middles on their offensive and defensive play.
“Carlie Waitley really did a good job placing the ball and finding the holes. Becca Johnson came in and did good job in the front row and right side.”
An area that needs improvement is the serving aspect of their game.
“We missed too many serves and I know if we increase that percentage our games will improve greatly,” said Hite.
The exception was Shania Metcalf, who was 100 percent on serves, and Michi Prante, who was 16/18 on service. Metcalf also had 13 kills.
PC vs. Holyoke
26-28, 25-17, 20-25, 16-25
Kills; S. Metcalf 13, C. Waitley 5, A. Osler 4, J. Woodmancy 1, B. Ross 1. Ace blocks: S. Metcalf 6, A. Osler 2, C. McClenahan 1. Ace serves: J. Woodmancy 3, M. Prante 3, S. Metcalf 2, C. McClenahan 1.
Struggling to click as a team, the Lady Plainsmen found themselves in the third spot at the triangular they hosted on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Their first opponent, Hitchcock County, beat them in two sets, 15-25 and 18-25.
“We didn’t come out with a lot of fire,” said Hite of the Lady Plainsmen. “We missed too many serves and it kept us down.”
Leading the team in assists was freshman Brandie Ross, with 11. Michi Prante contributed three ace serves.
“We are still trying to find ourselves and what it will take to get the W!” said Hite. “But they are growing and becoming more of a unit.”
The contest against Wallace took three sets, with Perkins County winning the first 25-11, then falling to the Lady Wildcats in the second and third, 21-25 and 18-25.
“They played hard and really are improving their skills,” said Hite. “They just need to put everything together.”
Senior Shania Metcalf showed leadership and skill on the court with 21/21 in serves with seven ace serves, as well as eight kills and four ace blocks.
PC vs. Hitchcock County
Kills: S. Metcalf 10, A. Osler 3, B. Ross 1, C. McClenahan 1. Ace blocks: A. Osler 1. Ace serves: M. Prante 3, B. Ross 2, S. Metcalf 1, C. Waitley 1.
PC vs. Wallace
25-11, 21-25, 19-25
Kills: S. Metcalf 8, A. Osler 4, C. Waitley 3, C. McClenahan 3, J. Woodmancy 1, B. Ross 1. Ace blocks: S. Metcalf 4, A. Osler 3. Ace serves: S. Metcalf 7, C. McClenahan 4, C. Waitley 1.