Girls Varsity Volleyball · Niles Varsity Volleyball Goes 1-2 At Tough Hamilton Quad – Developing Grit Moving Forward

1 Niles High School
2 Hamilton Tri
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The Niles Varsity Volleyball Team had a tough night at the Hamilton Quad going 1-2 but developing some grit moving forward. The Vikings came out strong in an emotionally charged match again Division 1 Mattawan battling point for point but losing in a three set barnburner 25-21, 23-25, and 11-15. Next, they dropped a tough match to Hamilton 19-25 and 20-25. Finally, crossing back over to the first court, they took down North Muskegon 16-25, 25-14, and 15-13. “We definitely learned some lessons tonight which is exactly why we traveled to Hamilton to play in this intense, loaded quad. Coming off of our big win against Buchanan last night, I always want my girls to have to stay focused and turn around and know that we have to get better and play bigger day after day even after a big win. There is always going to be someone out there better or bigger or stronger, and I want us to have to face those teams every opportunity we can so that we continue to strive for excellence and improvement, avoid complacency or being satisfied with where we are, and to know that we can play with and beat any team in the state – that is our ultimate goal. The first match of the night against Mattawan was probably the most intense, emotionally charged match we have played this season. Our energy and level of play was outstanding, but after the tough 3 set loss, we weren’t able to maintain that same energy when we moved courts to take on Hamilton. In a quad like this one, there is no time for mistakes or complacency; we have to play gritty and learn to maintain our energy and play at a high level no matter what happened in the previous point or match. We got a bit quiet, and just like we have amazing energy when we control runs and make big plays, we did the same thing with errors, and it was a like a domino effect. We also had to make a lineup change due to an ankle injury which added to a change in dynamics on the court, and it took us some time to adjust. Even though the score was close we knew we weren’t playing up to our ability and took the loss. Finally, we moved courts again to take on North Muskegon, and after a bit of a slow start, we found that energy again and were able to finish with a big 3 set win against them. I was proud of the fact that despite a roller coaster of a night, we left with a big win. So, even though our record tonight was 1-2, these are the nights that make us tougher and remind us we always have work to do and areas to improve upon. We will head to practice tomorrow, refocus our energy, and prepare to head to another powerhouse quad Saturday where we will face Portage Central, Gull Lake, and Allegan.” Niles is now 15-10 and finished 6-0 in BCS Conference play.

Leading scorers:
Amelia Florkowski 14 points
Emma Beckman 13 points, 3 aces
Laura Golubski 11 points, 3 aces
Anna Johnson 10 points, 1 ace
Jillian Bruckner 10 points, 3 aces
Cadence Knight 6 points, 2 aces

Jillian Bruckner 18
Marika Ruppart 16
Laura Golubski 14
Amara Palmer 9
Brynn Lake 7
Hayleah McFadden 4
Emma Beckman 4
Cadence Knight 3
Lexi Krueger 3

Marika Ruppart 6
Jillian Bruckner 4
Amara Palmer 2
Brynn Lake 1
Emma Beckman 1

Cadence Knight 31
Anna Johnson 18
Emma Beckman 16
Amelia Florkowski 11
Bailey Bickel 11
Jillian Bruckner 5
Laura Golubski 4

Emma Beckman 46
Anna Johnson 13