Hornets sting ChargersPublished 10:52am Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Updated 10:52am Wednesday, August 29, 2012
HENNING — The Henning Honets began their season on a positive note, while the Brandon-Evansville Chargers were singing the blues after the home team picked up a three set victory 25-6, 28-26 and 25-15.
The Hornets came on strong in the opening set as they cruised to an early victory.
The second set became a back and forth battle between the two Little Eight Conference teams. The Chargers saw a lot more hustle and were able to keep up with a tough Henning team, but the Hornets eventually won the set tie-breaker.
In the final set, the Hornets put away Brandon-Evansville with a 25-15 set victory for the win.
“We had a tough start to the year tonight against a good Henning team,” Chargers coach Kelly Olson said. “However, I saw a lot of hustle in the last two sets, and with a bounce or two in that second set we might have had a good match on our hands.”
The Hornets will be back in action Tuesday as they travel to take on the Hancock Owls at 7:15 p.m., while the Chargers will look to rebound against another LEC opponent in the Battle Lake Battlers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Comets fall to Grovers in opener
FARGO — The Hillcrest Comets did not open their season the way they wanted to losing three sets to Oak Grove (25-9, 25-10, 25-6) Tuesday night.
The Comets will travel to take on the Pelican Rapids Vikings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Rockets sweep Knights in three sets
BARRETT — The Underwood Rockets opened their season with a three set sweep over the West Central Area Knights (25-14, 25-16, 25-15) Tuesday.
Defensive specialist Sam Shaw got the Rockets off to a good start serving the first six points of the opening set.
It was all Rockets from then on as the Knights saw opening day rust.
“We were also pretty consistent in our passing game for the first match, “ Rockets coach Diane Ross said. “We need to put it a little more on target, but we didn’t have many errors in our passing either.”
Underwood’s Megan Biegler led the Rockets from the service line going 15 for 15 with six aces, while teammate Brianna Fitzgibbons recorded 13 kills in the win.
The Rockets will look to stay hot as they open up Little Eight Conference play Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Rothsay Tigers.
The Knights will go back to the drawing board as they host the Hancock Owls at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Tigers start great, end with opening loss
ULEN — The Rothsay Tigers were ready to pounce, but missed their target as they lost a four set match to Ulen-Hitterdal Tuesday (14-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21).
“Tonight was a rocky night for us as we were inconsistent in our play making,” Tigers’ coach Heather Reber said. “At times, we looked great, but our inconsistencies brought us down. Ulen-Hitterdal didn’t make errors and we made too many to overcome.”
Caitlin Simmer recorded 20 kills and six digs for the Tigers, while teammate Ashley Maack had 37 assists and four aces.
The Tigers will look to rebound as they take on LEC rival Underwood Rockets at home Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Vikings win opener over Park Christian
MOORHEAD — The Pelican Rapids Vikings claimed an opening season win as they defeated the Park Christian Falcons (25-14, 25-13, 22-25, 25-18) in four sets Tuesday.
“Overall, I was very pleased with the girls’ defensive effort tonight,” Vikings coach Heidi Isaman said. “They played hard and communicated quite well.”
Kendra Weinrich led the Vikings with 13 kills, while teammate Lizzie Pfeifle collected 15 digs in the match.
The Vikings will be back in action Thursday as they take on Hillcrest Lutheran Academy at home at 7:30 p.m.