Hinton goes unbeaten at Le Mars volleyball tournament

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

LE MARS — Class 2A No. 11 ranked Hinton went a perfect 4-0 at a tournament hosted by Le Mars Community on Saturday which also included Gehlen Catholic.


Hinton co-Head Coach Kate Ortegren said it was a good weekend for the Blackhawks.

“We needed to see how we matched up against the ranked teams, and we are so pleased with how our team came out and played today,” Ortegren said. “This team proved how mentally tough they can be. We were down on the first set of every match and never quit. We always made the adjustments needed to win the match.”

The Blackhawks won 2-0 over Lawton-Bronson as they edged out the opening set by a 22-20 score and then pulled away for a 21-12 win in the second. Bailey Boeve led the team with 10 kills. Gabbie Friessen and Karlyn Kovarna added six kills apiece.

Natalee Junck had two ace serves while Friessen and Aubree Lake added one ace apiece. Lake led the defense with eight digs.

The team added a 2-0 win over Gehlen Catholic by set scores of 21-17 and 21-10. Boeve led the team with 10 kills and three solo blocks against the Class 1A No. 5 ranked team. Friessen added four kills while Avery Burgad, Ashlyn Kovarna and Karlyn Kovarna ended with three kills apiece.

Karlyn Kovarna had two ace serves while Friessen, Junck and Ashlyn Kovarna had one apiece.

The Blackhawks dropped the opening set to Sioux City North by a 21-16 score. They flipped the script in the second, winning by the same score, before claiming the third set by a score of 15-8. Boeve finished with 12 kills in the win. She also led the team with nine digs and four solo blocks. Friessen and Burgad added five kills apiece. Setter Ashlyn Kovarna had four kills to go along with her 18 assists.

Hinton finished off with a 2-1 win over Dakota Valley, the second-ranked team in South Dakota’s Class A. All three sets went down to the wire. Dakota Valley won the first 21-19 before Hinton took the next 21-18. Hinton won 16-14 in the third set to claim the match.

Hinton was once again led by Bailey Boeve as she had 13 kills. She added five solo blocks.

Ashlyn Kovarna was next with six kills to go along with her 22 assists. Friessen led the team with two aces and 10 digs.

Hinton improved to 8-0 on the season with the four wins.


The Class 1A No. 5 ranked Lady Jays went 2-2 at the tournament.

“We had ups and downs throughout the day,” Gehlen Head Coach Dan Goebel said. “We played great sometimes and flat other times.”

For the second time this season, the team faced their cross-town rivals and once again it was a close battle with the Jays edging out a 2-1 win. Gehlen won the first set 21-14, but dropped the second set 21-11. The Jays edged out a 16-14 win in the third to claim the match.

Miyah Whitehead finished with 11 kills in the win. Aurora Goebel was next on the team with nine and Jayden Barthole was the only other player with more than one kill as she finished with four. Cadence Goebel had 21 assists and her eight digs was second on the team behind Whitehead.

The team fell short to Hinton by scores of 21-17 and 21-10. Aurora Goebel had four kills to lead the Jays in the loss. Whitehead had three kills. Cadence Goebel added two kills and led the team with seven digs and eight assists.

The Jays picked up a win over Class 3A No. 8 ranked Sheldon, getting their second win over the Orabs in 2022. The Jays won the first meeting 2-1, but swept this one by scores of 21-15 and 21-11.

Aurora Goebel had four kills in the win. Barthole had three kills as did Cadence Goebel.

Sophie Ruden had three ace serves and Rysaiah Sitzmann added two more in the contest.

The Jays fell in a 2-0 match to Lawton-Bronson. The Eagles edged out wins in both sets, winning 21-18 in the first and 23-21 in the second.

Whitehead led the Jays with six kills. Lynsey Reuter and Aurora Goebel had four kills apiece for next on the team.

The team’s attacking woes of a .016 efficiency were helped out some by their serving as they had eight ace serves. Ruden led the team with two aces. Six others had one ace apiece.

Gehlen’s record stood at 6-4 at the end of the tournament.

Le Mars

The Bulldogs won one of their matches at the tournament. The team picked up a 2-1 win over Lawton-Bronson. The Eagles claimed the first set 21-13 before the Bulldogs won the second set by an identical score. Le Mars edged out a 15-13 win in the third.

Payton Wright dished out 21 assists in a balanced hitting attack for the Bulldogs. Holly McNaughton led the team with seven kills, Ireland Sitzmann followed behind with six kills and Lily Kirby picked up five kills in the win.

The team also served up eight aces. Jenna Allen led the team with three while Wright added two.

Defensively, Lexi Hurd had a pair of blocks. Sarah Brown and McNaughton each had seven digs.

The Bulldogs fell just short against their crosstown foes from Gehlen. The Bulldogs won the second set 21-11, but fell 21-14 in the first and lost 16-14 in the third.

Wright set the ball up for 19 assists in another balanced attacking match. Sitzmann led the Bulldogs with six kills. Kirby, McNaughton and Hurd added four kills apiece and Meredith Arnold was right behind them with three kills in her six attacking attempts.

Sitzmann dropped in four aces while McNaughton added three more.

Kirby led the defense with three blocks while Brown dug up 13 balls from the back row.

Le Mars faced a pair of Missouri River Activities Conference foes in their other two matches. They lost to Sioux City North and Sergeant Bluff-Luton in straight sets.

Against the Stars, they fell 21-12 and 21-17.

Sitzmann led the team with five kills and Hurd added three. Brown led the defense with five digs and had the team’s only ace serve of the match.

The Warriors claimed a 21-19, 21-11 win.

McNaughton had four kills to lead the way. Sitzmann added three while Kirby and Hurd had two apiece. Wright had eight assists and one of the team’s two ace serves. Grace Van Otterloo had the other ace serve for the team.

Kirby led the defense with two blocks and Brown had nine digs to lead the back row.

After the tournament, Le Mars had a record of 2-10 for the season.

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