SHULLSBURG – The Shullsburg volleyball team saw a little bit of everything after playing seven matches in seven days.
The Lady Miners (6-11-1 overall, 2-4 SRW) went 1-2 in Six Rivers West play over the past week, and posted a 1-3 record at the Benton Classic on Saturday.
Shullsburg fell at home to Cassville, 3-1 (18-25, 16-25, 25-12, 28-30), on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and then dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision at Potosi (25-13, 11-25, 25-17, 23-25, 11-15) on Thursday, Sept. 17.
The Miners opened Homecoming Week by defeating Highland, 3-1 (25-15, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23), at SHS on Monday, Sept. 21.
"We haven’t been able to finish matches. We do good things, but then make consecutive mistakes that we can’t seem to mentally overcome. I’m hoping that in the second half of the season we can start finishing matches for some wins,” said Shullsburg head coach Hannah Pick.
Sophomore Brianna Leahy registered 12 kills and eight blocks against the Comets, and she had nine kills and two blocks against the Cardinals.
Senior Paige Hauser tallied nine kills in Tuesday’s match, four kills and three blocks in Thursday’s match against the Chieftains and nine kills in Monday’s match.
Hattie Rennert had eight kills and 15 assists versus Cassville; 10 kills, 18 digs, five blocks and two aces versus Potosi; and 14 kills, 11 digs and three aces versus Highland.
Senior setter Jada Hicks recorded 31 assists on Tuesday, 13 assists and three aces on Thursday, and 10 digs on Monday; while sophomore Faith Ubersox had 22 digs against Cassville and 15 digs against Potosi. Cora Holland served up seven aces in the win over Highland.
At Benton, on Saturday, Sept. 19, the Miners placed fourth overall at the five-team Benton Classic.
Shullsburg defeated Barneveld, 2-1 (25-17, 22-25, 17-15), and were swept by Warren, 2-0 (16-25, 23-25), Benton, 2-0 (21-25, 17-25), and Southwestern, 2-0 (18-25, 10-25), at the tournament.
“The tournament had very tough competition. We did a lot of good things and have improved since the start of the season. We still have some things we can work on to get to where we want to be, but overall I thought we did well,” commented Coach Pick.
Southwestern won the title with a 4-0 mark. Warren finished second at 3-1, followed by Benton at 2-2, Shullsburg at 1-3 and Barneveld at 0-4.
Hattie Rennert tallied 18 kills, 14 digs, nine aces and four blocks to lead the Miners. Lexi Leifker added 17 kills, while Paige Hauser recorded 11 kills and four blocks and Brianna Leahy registered 10 kills and eight blocks.
Jada Hicks dished out 39 assists and served up three aces. McKailah Strang added five aces and digs, and Faith Ubersox had 19 digs.
Shullsburg returns to SRW action hosting Benton on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Cassville………… 25 25 12 30
Shullsburg……… 19 16 25 28
Kills: Brianna Leahy, 12. Blocks: Leahy, 8. Assists: Jada Hicks, 31. Aces: Cora Holland & Faith Ubersox, 1. Digs: Ubersox, 22.
At Shullsburg, on Tuesday, Sept. 15
Shullsburg… 25 11 25 23 11
Potosi……… 13 25 17 25 15
Kills: Hattie Rennert, 10. Blocks: Rennert, 5. Assists: Jada Hicks, 13. Aces: Hicks, 3. Digs: Rennert, 18.
At Potosi, on Thursday, Sept. 17
Highland…… 15 23 25 23
Shullsburg… 25 25 21 25
Kills: Hattie Rennert, 14. Blocks: Brianna Leahy, 2. Aces: Cora Holland, 7. Digs: Rennert, 11.
At Shullsburg, on Monday, Sept. 21