Natalie Gilbert, Shenandoah

Shenandoah senior Natalie Gilbert goes for a tip against two Lenox defenders, Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Shenandoah Tournament.

SHENANDOAH – The Shenandoah and Fremont-Mills volleyball teams both finished 3-3 at the Shenandoah Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 14.

The Fillies beat Fremont-Mills in the final match of the day for both teams, 21-17 and 21-9. It was a match that showed the good things that Shenandoah coach Toni Comstock’s team can do.

“We served well and aggressive,” said Comstock. “Our passing was better than the last few games. Then once we have that pass, we get the set and our hitters were just having fun. They were attacking the ball.”

Roxy Denton led the attack with seven kills on just eight swings against the KNights. Jasmine Rogers added three kills and six blocks in a dominant match for Shenandoah.

Nichole Gilbert led the Fillies with eight assists and Sidda Rodewald popped up seven digs.

The Fillies also beat Missouri Valley 21-14, 21-17 and Bedford 22-20, 21-7 during Saturday’s play.

Natalie Gilbert led the Fillies in the Bedford match. She was on the service line for the last few points in a come from behind win in set one, then in set two she was second to serve and didn’t give it up for more than 10 points. She was 19 for 19 with 11 aces during the match.

Nichole Gilbert and Denton led the offense with three kills each. Nichole added nine digs and six assists. Claire Adkins distributed five assists while Rodewald finished with six digs.

Denton had a nice offensive match against Missouri Valley, finishing with six kills. Natalie Gilbert and Delanie Voshell added four each. Nichole Gilbert led the team with 10 assists and seven digs.

The Fillies lost 18-21, 21-19, 15-17 to Stanton, 18-21, 14-21 to Lenox and 14-21, 13-21 to Creston.

Natalie Gilbert led the Fillies with three kills and eight digs against Creston. Nichole Gilbert ended with six assists.

Denton put away six kills in the loss to Lenox. Natalie Gilbert led the Fillies with 11 digs while Nichole Gilbert added seven digs and seven assists.

Rogers was good against Stanton with eight kills and four blocks. Natalie Gilbert added five kills while Denton and Voshell added four.

Adkins passed out 10 assists while Nichole Gilbert added nine. Natalie Gilbert was one of four Fillies with double figure digs, along with Rodewald, Macee Blank and Olivia Stogdill.

Comstock said it was an up and down day for her team.

“They are still trying to figure each other out,” said Comstock, “where to hit and where to set and there were a few of us that didn’t serve well by the end of the day.”

Comstock added every athlete on her team played and created points at some point over the course of the day.

Shenandoah ended the tournament with a 5-6 overall record. The Fillies travel to Glenwood, Thursday, Sept. 19, for their next match.

“We just need to stay positive,” said Comstock. “(Saturday) was the best we played as a team. I felt all day long we were positive.”

Like the Fillies, Knights head coach Tracy Malcom saw her team play inconsistently, also ending the day at 3-3.

“There is no reason we shouldn’t have won all the games we played,” said Malcom. “We were missing a couple girls for different reasons, so we had to put a mix together. There wasn’t a true chemistry in those positions, but it shows us some of the things we need to work on.”

The Knights beat Creston 21-18, 21-17. They downed Bedford 21-15, 21-15 and defeated Missouri Valley 21-13, 21-13.

Kaelynn Driskell passed 17 assists in the win over Missouri Valley. Lydia Alley, Teagan Ewalt, Courtney Goodman and Rachel Wietzki all had four kills.

Ewalt and Elizabeth Bartles combined to go 25 for 25 at the service line. Wietzki led the Knights with nine digs.

Wietzki’s six kills led the Knights against Bedford. Ewalt added five while Driskell handed out 13 assists. Ellie Crom led the back row with six digs.

Wietzki also led the Knights against Creston, putting away seven kills and adding eight digs. Driskell finished with 17 assists.

The loss to Shenandoah was a frustrating end of the day for the Knights. Wietzki led Fremont-Mills with five kills while Alley added four with 12 assists from Driskell. Alley, Wietzki and Bartles led the Knights with four digs each.

The Knights also lost to the two teams that finished the tournament at 5-1, taking a 15-21, 11-21 loss to Stanton and an 18-21, 16-21 loss to Lenox.

Howard led the Knights with five kills against Lenox. Driskell had eight assists while Bartles led the team with five digs.

The Knights started the day slowly in the loss to Stanton with Goodman’s five kills leading the team. Driskell put up 12 assists and Bartles had five digs.

“Our defense came around in the afternoon,” said Malcom. “We woke up after the second game, but we just need to be more consistent.

The 3-3 day puts the Knights at 5-5 for the season, and Malcom said they still have work to do to reach their potential.

“I still think we need to find the right mix of girls,” said Malcom. “We need to work on our defense and passing and our hitters need to put the ball away when they have the opportunity.”

The Knights return to conference play with a trip to Essex, Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Lenox won the tournament with a 5-1 record. Stanton also finished 5-1, one game better than Creston. Missouri Valley was 1-5 while Bedford ended at 0-6. Several pictures from Shenandoah and Fremont-Mills’ day can be found at valleynewstoday.com.

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