OMS Dutchgirl spikers sweep New Haven

Will Johnson

Falling in previous home matches to Bland, Hermann and St. Clair, Courtney Castor’s seventh-grade Dutchgirl volleyball team had one last shot at a win on their home court at Owensville Elementary School Monday night against the visiting New Haven Lady Shamrocks.

Easily winning the first set 25-10, OMS saw New Haven steal the second set 25-20 to force a third-and-deciding set.

Serving the final seven points, Josie Gerlemann helped Castor’s Dutchgirls win their first home match of the season in three sets 25-10, 20-25 and 25-12.

Gerlemann started the match in game one serving the first eight points. Three of those turned out to be aces.

After seeing their early lead cut to 10-4, a New Haven service error sent Payton Boyd behind the serving line.

Firing three aces out of the next five points, Owensville now had a commanding 16-4 lead in game one.

Trading points on service errors, Kylie Kitchen joined the ace parade with three of them bumping the Dutchgirl lead to 20-5 before a Kaylee Fisher ace gave OMS the first set.

Leading 4-2 early in game two, Owensville saw New Haven’s Kelsey Brumels fire off the next 13 points helping the Lady Shamrocks force a third set of volleyball.

Helping OMS to a 5-0 lead early in game three, Gerlemann got help from Kitchen and Camri Jones before serving the final seven points of the match.

Eighth-grade action was just as close between OMS and New Haven.

Dropping the first set 25-19, Kari Nolting’s eighth-grade Dutchgirls quickly found themselves with their backs against the wall.

Fighting off numerous Lady Shamrock rallies Owensville gave Nolting a sweet birthday present Monday night in the form of a three-set win by scores of 19-25, 25-22 and 25-21 over New Haven.

Olivia Vandegriffe led the Dutchgirls in game two with two aces and a kill that forced the third-and-deciding set.

Trailing 13-12 midway through game three, Kayden Wood served up two points including an ace giving OMS a 14-13 lead.

Leading 24-21 after a service error, Wood came through with the game-winning kill to give Owensville a sweep over New Haven.