LE GRAND - With just one player back with any kind of varsity experience this season, East Marshall head coach Jodi Hinegardner knew her young volleyball team may have to learn on the fly and learn through playing matches.
The inexperienced Mustangs found out after Thursday's three-game loss to Hudson that a big focus should be put on serve receive.
Hudson recorded 12 aces and controlled much of the match with its serve as the Pirates dominated East Marshall in Le Grand during a 25-8, 25-17, 25-9 loss in the Mustangs' home opener.
T-R PHOTO BY TROY HYDE
East Marshall sophomore Ashley Allen, left, finished with seven assists and was 5-for-5 in serving Thursday night, but the Mustangs lost a three-set match to Hudson in the home opener in Le Grand. Junior Kelsea Anderson is ready to assist Allen on the play.
"The girls told me they want to come in and work extra on their serve-receive," Hinegardner said. "They want to be able to serve tough and make practice count. I think we also just need to play some more matches and gain experience through game play."
One way to get better is definitely just playing games and learning through the experience of live action. But it also is good that the East Marshall players realize that some of the improvements can be made during strong practice sessions.
"The girls want to practice harder and they want me to push them harder," Hinegardner said. "They are willing to step up."
Hudson 25-25-25, East Marshall 8-17-9
Jesup 25-25-25, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 20-21-14
Aplington-Parkersburg 27-21-25-13-15, AGWSR 25-25-17-25-12
Pat Apgar Volleyball Tournament
At Marshalltown High School
9 a.m. - Iowa City West vs. Indianola; Marshalltown vs. South Hardin
9:45 a.m. - Ottumwa vs. Charles City; Waverly-Shell Rock vs. Iowa Falls-Alden
10:30 a.m. - Indianola vs. Charles City; South Hardin vs. Iowa Falls-Alden
11:15 a.m. - Ottumwa vs. Iowa City West; Waverly-Shell Rock vs. Marshalltown
Noon - Indianola vs. Ottumwa; South Hardin vs. Waverly-Shell Rock
12:45 p.m. - Charles City vs. Iowa City West; Iowa Falls-Alden vs. Marshalltown
1:30 p.m. - Bracketed play begins
The opening game started out promising for East Marshall. Two kills by Claire Johnson kept the Mustangs in the game early and back-to-back aces by senior Katie Roseland pulled the squad to within 10-7.
However, that was as close as the Mustangs would get as Hudson rolled off 14 straight points to get to game point. During that stretch, Hudson junior Emily Takle delivered 13 points with her serve, including four aces. Takle finished with six aces in the three-set win.
Hudson jumped out to a 4-0 lead in Game 2 and got two more aces from Takle during that stretch. The Pirates pushed the lead to 12-4 later with another ace, but Roseland kept East Marshall within six with a pair of kills.
Hudson once again pushed the lead by way of the serve. Junior Erin Rustad turned in a seven-serve run during eight straight points, and the Pirates led 21-9.
The Mustangs made Game 2 respectable thanks to a small run that got them to 24-17. During that stretch, Johnson, Kelsea Anderson and Sam Earley all collected kills. Hudson ended the game on the next play though and took a 2-0 lead in the match.
"I think we'll improve how we play as we continue to play games," Hinegardner said.
The Mustangs managed just nine points in the final game as the Pirates continued to win easy points with their serve. Junior Casey Miles recorded three aces during a scoring-run that pushed Hudson's lead from 13-6 to 19-6. The Pirates put the game and match away a few points later.
The young East Marshall squad drops to 0-3 on the season.
"We are a young team," Hinegardner said. "We don't have a lot of experience back from last year. The only returner back is Katie Roseland. We had a lot of seniors last year."
Jesup 3, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 0
JESUP - Gladbrook-Reinbeck suffered season-opening defeat at the hands of Jesup on Thursday, 25-20, 25-21, 25-14.
It was the fifth match of the season for Jesup (2-3).
Shelton Hatch led the Rebels (0-1) with eight kills on the night. Britney Keller added five kills and Sidney Dilly had four.
Taylor Weida totaled 10 assists and Jenny Schildroth added nine.
Erin Wentzien served 11-for-14 with two aces and shared the Rebels' team lead with five digs.
Aplington-Parkersburg 3, AGWSR 2
PARKERSBURG - AGWSR dipped to 0-4 while Aplington-Parkersburg (6-0) remained unbeaten with a five-set thriller, 27-25, 21-25, 25-17, 13-25, 15-12.
Molly Boheman led AGWSR with 15 kills, Ella Frazier had nine and Shelbi Nederhoff had eight. Jayne Wiarda racked up 32 assists in the loss.
Olivia Ingledue amassed 19 digs for the Cougars and Frazier had 15 more. Nederhoff totaled 10 blocks to lead the defense.
AGWSR served 90-for-100 with 12 aces, with Frazier going 15-for-17 with four aces. Wiarda served 31-for-32 with two aces.