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Indians go 1-2 at Okoboji Tourney

By Staff | Sep 3, 2008

The Spirit Lake volleyball team started the season with its share of struggles at the Okoboji Tournament on Tuesday.

The Indians opened with a 2-1 loss to Harris-Lake Park by scores of 21-16, 19-21, 15-11, but then defeated Graettinger/Terril in straight games, 21-18, 21-13.

In the final match against host Okoboji, the Pioneers came up with a 21-7, 21-15 victory.

“When we played H-LP we really struggled with our passes,” said Spirit Lake coach Kolette Delperdang. “It’s hard to get offense going without good passes to our setters. We played them fairly close the first match but they played very good defense, especially their blocking. We were not able to recover from many of their blocked balls.”

During the third game with H-LP, the Wolves first two servers scored 3-4 points in a row and the Indians couldn’t recover.

“Our passing was much better when we played G-T, so we were able to get some offense going,” said Delperdang. “The girls were more relaxed and had fun on the court. We had several girls serve 3-4 points in a row which helps to keep the momentum on our side.”

Okoboji’s serving gave Spirit Lake problem in the final match.

“We started out ‘stuck in the mud’ again – not moving our feet to pass and dig the ball. Our blockers were late most of the time,” said Delperdang. “The team has been working hard in practices and now that we have our first night past us we know more what we need to focus on to improve.”

Sara Martinson led the attack on the night with 2 kills while Ashley Colwell and Regan Sierperda each had 10 kills.

Kori Heidebrink had 26 set assists while Kylie Stoll led the defense with 26 digs.

Spirit Lake (1-2) hosts Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn today.