Howells-Dodge volleyball saw its season come to an end during its first match in the C2-5 sub-district tournament on Oct. 28 in Norfolk losing to Stanton in four sets, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19.
Junior Riley Pokorny led the team with 11 kills and two blocks.
"The girls played the best they had in awhile," Howells-Dodge head coach Taryn Jank said in comments. "I changed up our offense a little bit to see if there were some more hitting options for us, but Stanton is great competition who isn't gonna let you have it easy.
"It didn't help us that our libero got injured during the second set which was one of our main passers and defensive player. We had to adjust, and the players who took on that role, some who barely see the back row, went at it like they had done it the entire time."
Senior Alyssa Coufal finished with eight kills, two aces and one block.
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Senior Grace Kreikemeier had 10 kills, senior Taya Vanlengen tallied six kills and two aces, sophomore Brooklyn Macholan totaled six kills and one block and junior Janessa Schmidt had five kills and a block.
Junior Riley Pokorny led the Jags in digs with seven and Coufal had a team-high 35 assists.
"We battled as much as we could and found some good open spots against Stanton but they are quick to adjust and I don't think we could adjust as quick as them," Janke said. "We had a great season full of more ups than downs."
Howells-Dodge finishes the season with a 19-14 record, the second straight winning season for the program. Stanton lost the following night to Norfolk Lutheran High Northeast in the sub-district final.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net