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Bulldogs close season with tough Charles City matchup

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) LCS senior Erin Kommes slams a kill through the Comet blockers at the Tuesday night match with Charles City in Humboldt. LCS fell 3-0 in the Class 4A Region 3 playoff game to wrap up their 2012 season.
HUMBOLDT -- The Le Mars Community Schools volleyball team lost 3-0 to No. 2 Charles City Tuesday in Class 4A Region 3 playoffs.

"We played hard, but we couldn't quite finish -- they were a hard team," LCS volleyball coach Susan Irwin said.

Playing in Humboldt, LCS (25-13) fell behind the Comets (43-1) in the first set with a score of 17-25.

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(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) LCS senior Emily Pick prepares to barrel a serve into Charles City's court at the Class 4A Region 3 playoff game in Humboldt Tuesday. Pick and LCS senior Morgan Ohm both went 11-for-11 serving, with three aces for Ohm and one for Pick. The Bulldogs went 100 percent with their serving against the Comets.
"The first match, we kind of had to figure out their serves. They had some really strong servers and we needed to figure out how to defensively pass those," Irwin said. "Once we figured that out, in game two that started to work really well and blocks started to go. We played a little bit more of our game."

The Bulldogs were just four points short in the second set, 21-25.

"In game three, they changed their offense a little bit, and we needed a little more time to change our defense to stop their changes," Irwin said. "Hats off to Charles City; they did a great job offensively and defensively against us."

Charles City claimed the third set 16-26 to take the win.

"In game three, we wanted to go out there and compete, and we did," Irwin said. "They played hard."

At the service line, the Bulldogs hit their mark.

LCS was 100 percent in serving against the Comets.

"Not one of our players missed a serve," Irwin said. "That's been our goal all year, serving at 100 percent, and they met that goal tonight."

LCS seniors Morgan Ohm and Emily Pick both went 11-for-11 serving. Ohm had three ace serves and Pick had one.

Going 9-for-9 serving were senior Erin Kommes, sophomore Britney Thompson and junior Madison Heidebrink.

Senior Carolyn Ahlers pitched in with 6-for-6 serving.

Defensively, Kommes contributed two blocks, and Pick had three digs. Seniors Ashley Phelan and Emily Ellefson each had two digs.

"They (Charles City) did a nice job offensively against us, but our girls in the back row moved their feet as quick as they could," Irwin said.

For kills, Kommes made nine, Heidebrink had seven, Thompson had five, Ohm four, Ahlers three and Pick two.

Pick had 26 assists for the night.

Irwin said with seven seniors graduating from the Bulldog team, it's tough to have the season come to an end.

"They all have worked so hard for all four years," she said. "I've got to give them all credit for the practice and all. Even though they all didn't get equal play time on the floor, they all put their heart and soul into it."

Irwin said she is proud of the Bulldogs' season and they way they played hard to the end.

"The season was great," the LCS coach said. "I'm proud of all the girls. They can hold their heads up high."



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