HALE – The Hale volleyball team knew it was in for a battle ahead of its division four regional semi-final game with third ranked Leland on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The Lady Eagles weren’t able to pull off the upset, falling to the Lady Comets in straight sets, 25-14, 25-20 and 25-11 in a contest held at Buckley.
“The girls went out on the court a little nervous after watching Leland warm-up, however, they gave it their all and hung with them,” head coach Toni Nieman said. “They left it all on the court and ended the game with their heads held high. The girls were proud of their play and as a coach, that makes me even more proud of them.”
According to Nieman, Kaylee Collins led the team on offense and defense, with Abby Parkinson also having a strong offensive game and Morgan Vance a strong defensive game. Claudia Cadwell led the team in assists.
“Leland has a strong team, being ranked third in the state shows the program is equally as strong,” Nieman said. “As a team, the girls stayed positive and composed. That has been my goal with this team throughout the season. Although we lost, in the end, this group of girls grew in more than just volleyball skills.”
The Eagles finish the season 16-10 overall and were able to claim back-to-back North Star League Little Dipper and district titles.
“At the beginning of the season, I had the girls write out personal and team goals and every girl surpassed her personal goal and the team met all of their team goals as well,” Nieman said. “I call that a successful season. I am losing five seniors this year, and gaining three sophomores for next season. We have some work cut out for us, but all of the girls have potential to become a successful team.”