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Indians take second at home tourney

By Staff | Sep 16, 2008

Kori Heidebrink sets up her teammates during play on Saturday. EDN photo by David Swartz

SPIRIT LAKE – Evidently, the recent long matches have given the Spirit Lake volleyball team a little confidence.

The Indians, who went five games in their last two matches, posted a 4-1 at their home tournament on Saturday.

“It has been several years since we finished with some medals at the Spirit Lake tourney,” said Spirit Lake coach Kolette Delperdang.

The Indians began with a rematch with Sibley-Ocheyedan, a team they lost to in five games last Tuesday.

The Generals again came out on top with a 21-18, 21-19 win.

“After the two hour match four days earlier I had hoped we would get the win this time,” said Delperdang. “However, they are a very tough team. They have several aggressive hitters and servers that gave us some problems.”

The Indians only lost two games the rest of the day.

Spirit Lake beat Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 21-11, 21-17 and then beat Okoboji 13-21, 22-20, 15-8.

The highlight of the day was a 21-13, 21-16 win over North Sentral Kossuth.

“I cannot remember ever winning a match against NK before in the Spirit Lake history,” said Delperdang. “I think this tournament gave the girls some confidence that they needed.”

The Indians ended the day with a 17-21, 21-16, 15-10 win over Harris-Lake Park.

Amber Kirschbaum didn’t play the full tournament, but she led the team with 25 kills and also had five solo blocks.

Sara Martinson had 15 kills and eight solo blocks while Ashley Colwell had 13 kills.

Kori Heidebrink had41 set assists while Alex Horsman had 27.

Libero Kylie Stoll led the defense with 51 digs while Chelsie Stettnichs had 29.

Spirit Lake hosts Emmetsburg today.