Netters take third

9/17/09 (Thu)

Admitting “consistency is still an issue,” Velva volleyball coach Diana Thingstad still had positive things to say about her girls following last week’s loss to Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.
“We came out strong, but communication broke down and momentum switched,” she said. “We got back on track and took the fourth game, but couldn’t hold on in the fifth, and deciding, game.”
The Aggies won the opening match 25-13, but lost the next, a 23-25 nail-biter. MLS took the third 25-12, but Velva came back to a 25-18 win in the fourth. The final match ended with the Aggies on the short end of an 8-15 score.
Last Saturday, the girls traveled to the Glenburn Tournament where they took third place in their pool.
“Pool play was tough,” said Coach Thingstad. “We lost o-2 to both Kenmare and Our Redeemer’s, but we beat Westhope-Newburg 2-0.”
The Aggies entered the eight-team “Gold” tournament as the wild card. Once there, they beat district rival Bottneau 25-19 and 25-19, but fell in the semis to Kenmare, 14-25 and 9-25.
The third place game was against a “tough Glenburn squad,” and the Aggies lost the first game 21-25, but took the next two, 25-19 and 15-6.
“This tournament should give us the confidence we need,” said Coach Thingstad. “We can compete with the tough teams in our region.”