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No. 5 Hinton slams M-M-C

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Hinton's volleyball team is sharing the wealth at the net.

Five different players had at least four kills for coach Linda Christensen's Class 2A No. 5-ranked Blackhawks in a 25-11, 25-13, 25-4 War Eagle Conference victory over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Tuesday night in Marcus.

"We really want to be a balanced team because I think a lot of teams are going to come in and want to stop Jamie (Vander Kooi)," said Christensen. "If they do, we want to be able to go elsewhere, so we're working really hard on developing a lot of attacks from a lot of different girls."

Vander Kooi led the Blackhawks with nine kills and added 13 digs and three blocks, while teammate Delainye Hardersen was right behind with eight kills, 14 digs and a game-best 20-for-20 serving - including nine aces - as Hinton was 60-of-65 from the service line.

Jessica DeRocher added seven kills and a game-high five blocks and Tara Christensen slammed down five kills and provided 28 assists. Christensen was 12-of-14 serving, joining Amber Bietz (11-12) and Sara Dehner (10-11) as Hinton players with strong serving nights. Allyssa Eickholt added 6-of-8 serving and four kills in the win.

"Our goal is to outhustle every team we play and we had some very good plays tonight," said Christensen. "We want to make sure we're always focused and playing our own game and pushing hard."

The Blackhawks, now 12-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play, return to action Tuesday when they host South O'Brien.

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