Dutchgirl volleyball overcomes slow start in district opener

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

UNION — Sometimes you’ll take a victory any way you can get it.

Jamie Ridenhour’s Owensville Dutchgirl volleyball team found this out during opening-round action Monday night from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 3, District 10 Tournament at Union High School.

Trailing 21-14 in game one, OHS came back to take it 25-22 before going on to win game two and the match, 25-18.

Down as many as seven points on two occasions in the opening set, an Amber Nelms kill set the table for Owensville’s rally in the first set now down 21-15.

Abby Finley served the next six points tying the first set at 21-21 with help in the form of kills from Haylee Grannemann and Nelms.

Following a Celeste Brandt kill knotting the opening set at 22-22, Nelms served the remainder of the opening game out with a pair of aces.

Trailing 9-8 early in game two, a Breanna Diestelkamp kill tied the score at 9-9 before Brandt served the next two points giving Owensville a lead they would not relinquish.

Diestelkamp and Finley both added service aces before the Dutchgirls swept Salem in two sets advancing to last night’s (Tuesday) district semifinals against St. Clair.

Falling in two sets to the Lady Bulldogs, Owensville saw an outstanding season end at 18-14.

All-Four Rivers Conference (FRC) and district selections will be highlighted in next week’s issue of The Republican.