After starting their season 2-2, the Nokomis volleyball team had been frustratingly close, but unsuccessful in their next six attempts at capturing win number three on the year.
Three of those six losses were decided in three games, showing that the Redskins were on the cusp of breaking the losing streak, but just not able to get over the hump.
On April 1, the Nokomis girls finally put it all together and snapped the skid to collect a win, but also so much needed confidence.
The victory came against Bunker Hill, who also gave Nokomis their second win of the season. This time, the Redskins were facing the Minutemaids on their home court and the game would be a close one in the early going.
Scrapping for every point, Nokomis pulled out a 26-24 win in game one against Bunker Hill, then rode that wave to a 25-13 victory in game two.
Defensively, the Redskins were stellar, with Delaney Keiser and Kristen Stauder notching double digit digs with 14 and 11 respectively. Presley Lamb added in five digs, while Audrey Sabol posted four blocks closer to the net.
On the attack, Stauder led the team with six, while Olivia Taylor and Sabol followed with five and three. Senior setter Mia Fesser led the team in assists with ten.
Stauder also had a solid game at the service line, notching 11 points, with four aces. Skylar Stewart added in seven points, while Fesser and Lamb finished with five points each.
The win was a welcome one after a narrow loss the night before to Edinburg in three sets 25-19, 19-25, 25-15.
Stauder and Lamb led the team in digs with 16 and 13 respectively, while Stewart paced the team in points with seven. On the attack, Stauder and Sabol had five kills each, while Taylor added four. Lamb (eight) and Fesser (seven) led the team in assists.
The Redskins will look to keep momentum going, but will have to get past Lincolnwood to do so as they take on the Lancers at the Woodshed in Raymond on April 6. After that they will be back at home on April 7, to face Prairie State Conference foe Mt. Olive.
March 31 at Nokomis
Edinburg 25 19 25
Nokomis 19 25 15
Service Points: Skylar Stewart 7, Presley Lamb 5, Delaney Keiser 5. Kills: Kristen Stauder 5, Audrey Sabol 5, Olivia Taylor 4. Assists: Presley Lamb 8, Mia Fesser 7. Digs: Kristen Stauder 16, Presley Lamb 13.
April 1 at Bunker Hill
Nokomis 26 25
Bunker Hill 24 13
Service Points: Kristen Stauder 11, Skylar Stewart 7, Presley Lamb 5, Mia Fesser 5. Aces: Kristen Stauder 11, Presley Lamb 3. Kills: Kristen Stauder 6, Olivia Taylor 5, Audrey Sabol 3. Assists: Mia Fesser 10. Digs: Delaney Keiser 14, Kristen Stauder 11, Presley Lamb 5. Blocks: Audrey Sabol 4.
Record: Nokomis (3-8).