Volleyball Dutchgirls sweep New Haven

Will Johnson

Reeling from a three-set loss to Sullivan (14-25, 25-13 and 28-26) last Tuesday night, Jamie Ridenhour’s varsity Dutchgirl volleyball squad needed a strong short-term memory following the match.

Two nights later on Thursday, Jamie Hoener’s New Haven Lady Shamrocks visited Owensville High School for a Four Rivers Conference (FRC) volleyball match.

OHS went into the match looking for their first victory over New Haven since 2010.

Leading from the opening point in both sets, Owensville put their first notch in the FRC win column sweeping New Haven in two sets 25-12 and 25-16.

“We only missed three serves the entire match and I’m proud of how we came back after a tough loss the previous match to Sullivan,” Ridenhour said.

Varsity action started with a Breanna Diestelkamp kill followed by two service points from Stephani Elliott.

Two more kills and three Diestelkamp service points bumped the Dutchgirl lead to 8-2 forcing New Haven to use one of their two time outs in the first set.

Into double digits with a 10-4 lead, sophomore Emily McKinney served the next three points with help on kills from Abby Finley and Emma Jahnsen along with a Haylee Grannemann block.

Logging six kills in the first set, Diestelkamp accounted for 10 of their 25 kills in the match.

Getting a taste of varsity action, sophomore Taylor McClure served the first two points of the second set after a Jahnsen block ended the first set.

Three aces from senior Amber Nelms and one by McClure helped Owensville secure the two-set sweep over visiting New Haven.

Coming off a sweep of Sullivan (25-18, 25-19) in two sets last Tuesday, Misti Rutledge’s junior varsity Dutchgirls looked for the same result Thursday against New Haven.

Trailing early in both sets, Owensville went on to sweep the match in two games by identical scores of 25-15.

Falling behind 3-0 in the first set, a Haley Coello kills sent McClure behind the service line.

Scoring the next five points which included two aces, OHS found themselves with a 6-3 lead.

A New Haven timeout switched the momentum allowing Shamrock sophomore Katelyn Byers to serve the next five points putting the visitors back on top, 9-6.

Trailing 10-8, a Grace Mcfalls kill put the ball in Coello’s hands.

Serving the next four points, Coello gave the JV Dutchgirls a 13-10 lead midway through the first set.

Trading errors with New Haven, Kyla Hendrix took her turn on serving duty.

Firing up two aces out of the gate, Kyla helped Owensville take a 19-11 lead over New Haven.

Three McFalls service points and a Coello kill ultimately helped the Dutchgirls take the first set.

Down 3-2 early in game two, Cadi Ruth served the next three points helping the JV Dutchgirls to an early 5-3 lead.

Nursing a 9-7 lead, Maddy Steever delivered a kill pushing OHS into double digits and her behind the serving line.

Seeing their advantage cut to 11-9, a Coello kill and three McClure service points bumped the JV Dutchgirl lead back up to 14-9.

Later in game two, a Steever block sent Kyla Hendrix back to serving land.

Serving the next four Dutchgirl points for a 22-13 lead, Owensville went on to take game two and the match.

Courtney Castor’s Dutchgirl freshman spikers kicked off the night Thursday looking to avenge a loss to New Haven at the Pacific Tournament the previous weekend.

Overcoming early 4-1 deficits in both sets, Owensville got their revenge with a sweep of the Lady Shamrocks in two sets, 25-20 and 25-21.

Down 11-9 in game one, a Kyah Weirich kill sparked a Kaden Wood service rally and a 14-11 freshman Dutchgirl lead.

Two aces each from Shelby Malone and Wood helped OHS take the first set.

Behind the majority of game two, the Dutchgirls got two points from Malone and four from Weirich helping them come from behind to sweep the match.