Volleyball Dutchgirls sweep Highway 28 bragging rights

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Facing her alma mater and former employer for the first time, first-year Dutchgirl head volleyball coach Jamie Ridenhour looked for victory against Belle’s Lady Tigers last Tuesday night at Owensville High School.

Only trailing briefly early in the second set, the host Dutchgirls went on to sweep the varsity match at Highway 28 volleyball bragging rights over Belle in two sets, 25-9 and 25-8.

Service runs from Stephani Elliott, Abby Finley and Celeste Brandt held the visiting Lady Tigers in single digits.

Breanna Diestelkamp (5) and Amber Nelms (4) combined for nine kills during the first set.

Game two saw Finley serve five points in a row before Brandt served the final 10 points of the match.

Brandt also recorded a team-high four aces while Emily McKinney and Finley both served up two aces.

Haylee Grannemann and Diestelkamp each recorded six total blocks defending the net for OHS.

Cleaning up on the court, Brandt posted a team-high 18 digs followed by 15 from McKinney.

Finley also led the Dutchgirls against Belle dishing out 11 assists.

Prior to varsity action, the junior varsity volleyball teams from Belle and Owensville squared off at Owensville High School.

Playing a pair of tight, competitive sets, the host Dutchgirls also captured that match in two games by scores of 25-21 and 25-19.

Haley Coello led the Misti Rutledge’s JV Dutchgirl squad with four aces.

Maddy Steever also registered a team-high nine kills.

Saturday in the Fulton Tournament, OHS’ varsity went 6-0 in pool play with sweeps over Eldon, Bowling Green and the host Lady Hornets.

Defeating Knob Noster in the first round of bracket play, the Dutchgirls fell in three sets to Kirksville in the semifinals.

Nelms and Diestelkamp were both All-Tournament nods in Fulton.