Dutchgirl volleyball squads off to 2-0 starts

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Welcoming Capital City’s Lady Cavaliers to Owensville High School last Tuesday, Jamie Ridenhour’s Dutchgirl volleyball teams looked to start their 2019 season off on the right foot.

Trying something new, Owensville and Capital City played the freshmen and junior varsity matches side-by-side in the main gym.

Normally the freshmen match is played in the small gym. However, it was being used in preparation for the annual fall musical later this month.

When volleyballs started flying, so did Dutchgirl serves.

Behind four kills from Molly Wnuk and four Avery Bastunas aces, the Dutchgirl freshmen took game one from Capital City 25-12.

On the junior varsity court, Kylie Kitchen, Keira Hendrix and Josie Gerlemann each served up a pair of aces helping Owensville take game one 25-13 over the visiting Lady Cavaliers.

Service runs from Drew Copeland and Payton Boyd helped the Dutchgirl freshmen take game two and the match from CCHS 25-12 and 25-10.

With Owensville nursing a 17-16 lead late in game two of the JV match, Kyla Hendrix served the next four points helping the JV Dutchgirls win their match in two games, 25-13 and 25-18.

Looking to complete the sweep, Ridenhour’s varsity Dutchgirls hit the court to take on the Lady Cavaliers.

Four Emily McKinney aces and a Grace McFalls ace on set point gave OHS game one of the varsity match, 25-18.

Attack errors nearly created a third set between the Dutchgirls and Lady Cavaliers.

Leading 24-15 looking at match point, Owensville had three straight attack errors before a Capital City error gave OHS game two and the match by identical scores of 25-18.

Two nights later last Thursday, the Dutchgirls hit the road into Osage County to take on Linn’s Lady Wildcats.

Starting with freshmen action, Owensville held Linn in single digits taking the match in two sets, 25-8 and 25-9.

Misti Rutledge’s JV Dutchgirls nearly did the same winning their match in two sets, 25-11 and 25-12.

In varsity action, OHS dropped the first set 25-23 before roaring back to take the next two sets winning the match by scores of 23-25, 25-16 and 25-19.

OHS will host Fatima tomorrow (Thursday) with all three levels competing starting at 5 p.m.