Rockets fly past CometsPublished 9:17am Friday, September 20, 2013
UNDERWOOD – The Underwood Rockets volleyball team celebrated homecoming week in style Thursday night with a sweep of the visiting Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Comets. The Rockets rolled in all three sets, winning 25-5, 25-12 and 25-16.
Kaitlyn Holen led the Rockets offensively with nine kills and nine aces from the serving line. Harlea Thorson went 15-16 with six aces on serves. Suzie Thieschafer earned three aces of her own, hitting a perfect nine for nine from the line.
The Rockets led with their serving all night, finishing with a 97% rate.
Covering the rest of the flow, Jacey Ross contributed 20 assists. Kenzie Woodman had six kills and Taylor Leitch added five. Abby Obright earned four kills, six assists and four digs. Taylor Leitch dominated the net with a team high of three stuff blocks.
Hillcrest head coach Dessica Veum complemented the Rockets on their play after the game, but said the young team is still learning to play together and is getting stronger.
“Moments of greatness tonight with a lot of indecision and too many mistakes,” Veum said. “Underwood has a hitter in Holen that we had no answer for. We had trouble receiving her serve and digging her attacks. We have not had our whole team together on the floor yet and it’s been tough to create good chemistry when the lineup and rotations keep changing. I am hopeful that next week everyone will be back.”
On a positive note for the Comets, sophomore middle blocker Holly Salvesen saw the floor for the first time after the MSHSL overturned an earlier decision on her eligibility. Salvesen earned several kills and blocks for the Comets, despite having never practiced in the rotation of varsity lineup.
With the victory Underwood is even in Little Eight Conference play, with a record of 2-2. They are 5-6 on the season and will face Bertha-Hewitt at home on Tuesday. Hillcrest hosts Brandon-Evansville. Both games are set for 7:30 p.m.