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Mustang Volleyball Team Take Home Medals at Loomis Invitational

Kate Baker

September 18, 2019

 

On Saturday, September 14, Loomis High School hosted their annual 9/11 memorial volleyball tournament. The Mustangs were one of eight teams competing at the tournament, including Loomis, Bertrand, Maxwell, Hi-Line, Shelton, Franklin, and Hampton. The Mustangs earned third place. To start the day, Silver Lake defeated Maxwell in two sets, with scores of 25-15 and 25-23. The Mustangs worked hard on the defensive side with 54 digs, with junior Madison Miller leading the squad with 17 herself. Junior Kerigan Karr and sophomore Amanda Ehrman got the offense going, combining for 22 assists, finding freshman Georgi tenBensel and junior Seirra Watts-Hofstetter on the outside with 8 and 5 kills respectively. 

The Mustangs advanced to the championship bracket to take on Bertrand in the second game of the day. The Mustangs fought hard, but unfortunately fell to the Vikings in two sets going 20-25 and 22-25. Senior Makayla Dinkler led the offense for the Mustangs with 5 kills and also aided on defense with a solo block and 6 digs. Freshmen tenBensel and Brooklyn Meyer also helped out offensively with 5 and 4 kills respectively. 

For the consolation match, the Mustangs battled Loomis, winning in two sets to take home third place medals. The first set was all Mustangs winning with a score of 25-13. The Wolves put up a fight in the second set, but the Mustangs were able to hold them off to win 25-20. Defense was the defining aspect of the game, with the Mustangs holding the Wolves to only 10 kills with a negative hitting percentage. tenBensel and Ehrman each picked up 9 digs, with Miller and Katelyn Karr right behind with 8 a piece. tenBensel led offensively with 9 kills and an impressive .529 hitting percentage. Following closely behind was Watts-Hofstetter and Kerigan Karr with 5 and 4 kills respectively. Katelyn Karr earned 5 aces on 12 attempts for the game. The Mustangs advanced their record to 8-4 on the year.

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