OMS Dutchgirl volleyball teams off to winning starts

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Following a sweep of Bland’s Lady Bears last Monday night in western Gasconade County, Owensville Middle School volleyball teams coached by Kari Nolting and Jamie Ridenhour welcomed Pacific’s Lady Indians to Owensville Elementary School last Tuesday night.

Going for their second win in as many nights, Nolting’s seventh-grade Dutchgirls hit the court first.

Starting the match defending the serve, a Hannah Nelson kill gave the ball to Owensville and Allysan Gooch.

In methodical fashion, Gooch served the next 15 points which included seven aces giving OMS a commanding 16-0 lead in game one from OES.

Aces from Elise McFalls and Payton Harness eventually led to a 25-7 victory in game one over Pacific.

Game two saw service runs from Anya Binkhoelter and Makensy Pigg helping the Dutchgirls take game two and the match, 25-7 and 25-14.

Ridenhour’s eighth graders needed three sets keep their bid for an undefeated season alive.

Trailing 16-11 in game one, the eighth-grade Dutchgirls got service runs from Josie Gerlemann and Molly Wnuk helping them steal the opening set from Pacific, 25-20.

Nipped 27-25 in game two by the Lady Indians, the match went to a third set.

Overcoming an abundance of missed serves, OMS took game three and the match 25-20, 25-27 and 25-17.

Thursday night at Hermann, OMS volleyball won both matches. Seventh-grade action went two set by scores of 25-14 and 25-16. OMS won in three sets in the eighth-grade match with scores not available at press time.

OMS will host Sullivan tomorrow (Thursday) night at 5:30 p.m., at OES.