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Jones County/Midland Coyotes take eighth place in State “B” Volleyball Tournament

The Jones County/Midland Lady Coyotes ... Back row, from left: Kam Iversen, Staci Royer, Karissa Miller, Nicole Roghair, Ashley Weber, Jenna Hullinger, Katie VanDam, Britney Sinkey, Amy Petoske. Front row: Head Coach Sharon Freier, Kelsey Kerns, Katie Venard, Mandy Strait, Caitlin Eckert, Chelsee Nemec, Assisant Coach Lori Nemec. Courtesy photo

The Jones County/Midland Rebels headed into the Class B state volleyball tournament as the underdogs, especially in their first round match against the Northwestern Area Wildcats.

The Wildcats (30-2) came into the tournament having won last year's Class B title, but were the No. 2 seed behind Hurley.

JC/M Head Coach Sharon Freier said, "I was really happy that we were rated seventh."

The Coyotes already ran into the Wildcats at the Sully Buttes Invitational earlier this season. While Northwestern won that match, Freier thought there were some positives to be taken from it. "The girls stayed with them. It was a two-game match but they didn't run us off the floor."

At the Watertown Civic Arena, defending champion Northwestern (No. 2) beat No. 7 Jones County/Midland, 12-25, 12-25, 10-25.

“I really feel Northwestern is the best team here in the state,” said Freier. “We played pretty solid at the net, it's just so hard to defend against those guys.”

Serving: Caitlin Eckert - 4 of 5, Amy Petoske - 4 of 4, Karissa Miller - 4 of 4 (1 ace), Staci Royer - 7 of 7, Mandy Strait - 7 of 8 (2 aces), Katie Venard - 5 of 6 (1 ace),

Receiving: Katie VanDam - 2 of 2, Caitlin Eckert - 8 of 8, Amy Petoske - 10 of 12, Karissa Miller - 2 of 2, Chelsee Nemec - 16 of 21, Mandy Strait - 13 of 16.

Spiking: Caitlin Eckert - 5 of 5 (2 kills), Mandy Strait - 10 of 11 (4 kills), Karissa Miller - 4 of 5 (3 kills), Amy Petoske - 5 of 5 (2 kills), Katie Venard - 8 of 9 (2 kills), Katie VanDam - 2 of 3 (1 kill).

Setting: Staci Royer - 47 of 47 (12 assists), Caitlin Eckert - 3 of 3, Mandy Strait - 3 of 3.

Digs: Caitlin Eckert - 4, Mandy Strait - 6, Karissa Miller - 2, Amy petoske - 8, Chelsee Nemec - 3, Staci Royer - 3.

In the consolation semifinals the next morning, the number six Selby Area Lions (22-8) stopped the Jones County/Midland Coyotes with final scores of 25-20, 19-25, 18-25, 22-25.

Serving: Katie VanDam - 4 of 5, Caitlin Eckert - 10 of 10, Karissa Miller - 15 of 16 (3 aces), Amy Petoske - 10 of 10 (2 aces), Staci Royer - 18 of 18 (2 aces), Mandy Strait - 16 of 17 (1 ace), Katie Venard - 9 of 9 (1 ace).

Receiving: Caitlin Eckert - 18 of 23, Amy Petoske - 12 of 13, Karissa Miller - 4 of 6, Chelsee Nemec - 19 of 22, Mandy Strait - 10 of 10, Katie Venard - 3 of 6.

Spiking: Staci Royer - 4 of 4, Caitling Eckert - 4 of 5 (1 kill), Mandy Strait - 26 of 27, (9 kills), Karissa Miller- 21 of 25 (9 kills), Amy Petoske - 10 of 10 (4 kills), Katie Venard - 8 of 12 (2 kills), Katie VanDam - 4 of 5 (2 kills).

Blocking: Mandy Strait - 1, Karissa Miller - 2.

Setting: Staci Royer - 101-102 (22 assists), Caitlin Eckert - 6 of 6 (3 assists), Mandy Strait - 4 of 4, Amy Petoske - 2 of 2 (1 assist).

Digs: 109. Staci Royer - 18, Caitlin Eckert - 18, Mandy Strait - 10, Karissa Miller - 5, Amy Petoske - 27, Katie Venard - 16, Chelsee Nemec - 9, Katie VanDam - 6.

“I think we're a lot better than what we played today, though the first game was probably one of the best games we've played since we've been here at state,” said Freier. “We let ourselves get to playing a game that isn't really our game; we started rushing and that really hurt us. The girls played hard; we just had a few too many glitches, too many missed serves.”

In the competition that would determine seventh and eighth place, Sully Buttes (24-5) defeated JC/M (18-13) with final scores of 22-25, 15-25, 25-27.

Serving: Caitlin Ekert - 10 of 10, Amy Petoske - 5 of 5, Karissa Miller - 16 of 17 (1 ace), Staci Royer - 9 of 11, Mary Strait - 10 of 11 (2 aces), Katie Venard - 7 of 8.

Receiving: Katie VanDam - 1 of 1, Caitlin Eckert - 16 of 22, Amy Petoske - 7 of 7, Karissa Miller - 5 of 5, Staci Royer - 1 of 1, Chelsee Nemec - 19 of 20, Mandy Strait - 10 of 10, Katie Venard - 7 of 7.

Setting: Staci Royer - 79 of 80 (14 assists), Caitlin Eckert - 7 of 7 (2 assists), Mandy Strait - 2 of 2, Karissa Miller - 1 of 1, Amy Petoske - 6 of 6 (1 assist).

Digs: Staci Royer - 11, Caitlin Eckert - 8, Mandy Strait - 7, karissa Miller - 3, Amy Petoske - 15, Katie Venard - 3, Chelsee Nemec - 8, Katie VanDam - 3.

Spiking: Staci Royer - 6 of 6 (4 kills), Caitlin Eckert - 5 of 6, Mandy Strait - 19 of 21, (7 kills), Karissa Miller - 16 of 18 (9 kills), Amy Petoske - 12 of 15 (6 kills), Katie Venard - 8 of 9 (3 kills).

Blocks: Mandy Strait - 3 solo, Karissa Miller - 2 solo, 1 shared, Katie VanDam - 1 shared.