Twin Loup volleyball hands Ansley-Litchfield first defeat

All streaks must end sometime. After starting the season 10-0, Ansley-Litchfield suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday night at the hands of Twin Loup. This was the third time these two teams had met this season and it went to a third and deciding set once again. The Wolves pulled out the 3-2 victory, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 at the North Loup Scotia-Elba Triangular. Twin Loup also topped ENLS 2-1, winning 20-25, 27-25, 25-12. Alex Hart came alive for Twin Loup in this match, recording 20 kills along with 12 by Becca Clark and seven from Madison Kozeal. Hart and Kirwan kept the ball alive with 18 and 14 digs respectively. Hart finished the match with five blocks. Clark and Jackie Lewis helped distribute the ball with 22 and 12 assists respectively. The dynamic trio of Hart, Clark and Kozeal came up big again when the Wolves took on Ansley Litchfield. Hart finished the game with 18 kills while Clark and Kozeal had seven and four kills respectively. Hart also recorded 22 digs to go with Clark’s 13 and Kirwan’s 15. Hart also had four ace serves and eight ace blocks. Clark and Lewis finished with 13 and nine assists respectively. Twin Loup coach Tammi Phillipps was proud of the way her team played that finally got the Ansley-Litchfield monkey off their backs. “Ansley-Litchfield is a really talented team and we’ve seen them a lot this season,” Phillipps said. “It was nice to get the win against such a talented team. The girls worked hard together and never gave up. They showed their potential as a team.” Shawna Paitz lead the team offensively for the Spartans, recording 7 kill aces along with six by Taylor Pickar, four by Lindsy Siegel and one for Jessica Bristol. Alivia Wardyn had 13 digs from the Libero position to go with Siegel’s nine. Bristol and Kayla Reynolds had six digs each. Siegel had an impressive serving performance, going 14-14 with two serve aces. Despites some of the impressive numbers, coach Pat Hoblyn knew her team could have done more. “We played a bit sluggish,” Hoblyn said. “We didn’t play bad, but had a few more mistakes than Twin Loup.” After the defeat at the hands of Twin Loup, Ansley-Litchfield rebounded with a 2-0 victory over NLS-Elba. They took the first set 25-13 and held on in the second set by a score of 25-22. Pickar finished the match with a team high seven ace kills while Paitz and Bristol chipped in five each. Siegel finished with three and Kaitlin Kratzer finished with two.