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By Charlene Smith
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

Lady Hornets raise money but fall in ranks


Dave Clark

The Lady Hornets were without a key player on the court Thursday night. Andrea Baker received a kidney donation Sept. 12 and will be out the rest of the season.

“Andrea Baker, our all-conference middle hitter, received a kidney transplant last Thursday in Denver and so we are looking to all of our girls to step up and fill that void,”explained coach Christina Nusbaum.

But Kimball proved to be too much for the team to overcome. The Lady Hornets lost in three sets, 21-25, 12-25, 13-25.

“Kimball was a great team; they passed the ball well and ran a quicker offense,” Nusbaum said. “We served 77 percent and made several other unforced errors.”

Nusbaum attributes the youth of the team to the miscues in the win column but feels the team “continues to focus on just getting better every ball.”

The Lady Hornets fell to 3-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play after the loss to Kimball and set their sights on Southeast the following day.

“We faced a tough conference opponent in Southeast Friday night and wanted to put Kimball in the past and move forward,”said Nusbaum.

During the volleyball game, the school hosted a fundraiser for Andrea’s family to help with the medical costs of her surgery and recovery. Pine Bluffs High School along with donations from the Town of Pine Bluffs, Amerigas, Texas Trail Market, and the parents and staff donating desserts pulled off a “huge success” and raised over $3,500.

The successful fundraising didn’t spill over onto the court, however, with the Lady Hornets finding themselves down and out in three sets; 11-25, 12-25, 12-25. 

“I felt that on a whole this has been our worst outing so far this year,” Nusbaum sighed. “We served better than the previous night but our offense was almost non-existent, accumulating a total 10 kills for the entire team.”

The Lady Hornets fall to 3-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play after the Southeast loss. They traveled to Burns Tuesday night, and will travel to Potter/Dix for a tournament Saturday.

Individual Stats for Kimball contest

Brooke Darden 9/11 with 1 ace, 2 kills, 14 assists, 5 digs

Dana Mullins 7/11 serving, 9 kills, 8 digs

Jadyn Golding 6/8 serving, 10 digs

Jesi Zitek 7/7 serving, 1 assist, 13 digs

Jessica Saavedra 6/7 serving, 1 block, 3 digs

Melissa Fornstrom 1/1 serving

Sierra Shelit 2/4 serving, 1 kill, 3 assists, 3 digs

Lanie WallowingBull 6 kills, 2 blocks

Dave Clark

Marina Howard 1 kill

Individual Stats for Southeast contest

Brooke Darden 8/8 serving with 2 aces, 1 kill, 9 assists, 5 digs

Dana Mullins 10/10 serving with 3 aces, 3 kills, 11 digs

Jadyn Golding 8/8 serving with 1 ace, 13 digs

Jesi Zitek 1/2 serving with 11 digs

Jessica Saavedra 2/3 serving, 2 kills, 5 digs

Marina Howard 2 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig

Melissa Fornstrom 3/3 serving with 1 ace, 1 assist

Sierra Shelit 3/4 serving, 2 kills, 9 digs


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