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On Saturday September 28th the Junior High Lady Railer Varsity Volleyball Team traveled to Grinnell to compete in the Grinnell/Wheatland Volleyball Tournament.

The morning started off with the Railers taking on the Northern Valley Huskies. The girls made short work of the match beating the Huskies, 25-12 & 25-11. Leading the way in serving was Kaydawn Haag with 7 ace serves and 7 good serves, Jadyn Starns also added 10 good serves and 1 ace serve. In spiking Taylor Seibel led with 3 kills and 5 good hits, with Emily James adding 2 kills and 5 good hits. Kylee Pfeifer had 22 good sets in the match. While Kaydawn led in passing and digging having 7 apiece.

The next match the Railers took on the Colby Eagles 7th grade team, winning in straight set again by a margin of 25-22 and 25-18. Kaydawn continued to lead the way in serving with 5 aces and 7 good serves. Leading in kills was Jadyn with 5 adding 6 good hits to her total. Kylee continued to set well setting her hitters up 21 times. Emily led in digs this match with 5 and Taylor led in passing with 10.

Our 3rd match of the day we took on Grinnell/Wheatland, again winning in straight sets 25-7 & 26-24. The Junior High Railers started out with a strong set, then the 2nd set saw the Thunderhawks fight to the end, making the Railers have to score 26 points for the win. Leading in serving was Kaydawn and Kylee, Kaydawn with 3 aces and 9 good serves and Kylee with 1 ace and 9 good serves. Braelyn Born led in spiking with 3 kills and 3 good hits, along with Kaydawn adding 2 kills and 4 good hits. Emily led in passing with 10 and digs with 7. Kylee again set her hitters up over 20 times in the win.

This led to bracket play, as we were the number 1 team out of pool B. We next took on the number 2 team out of pool A, Colby Eagles 8th grade team, winning in straight sets one more time 25-18 & 25-16. Kaydawn continued to lead in serving adding 4 aces and 6 good serves, while Emily added 1 ace and 9 good serves. Kaydawn and Taylor added 5 kills each, with Kylee and Braelyn adding 3 tip kills each during the match. Leading in passing was Kaydawn with 10, Emily with 9, and Taylor with 8. Leading diggers were Emily and Jadyn both with 6 each. Kylee added another 26 sets to her total for the day.

This set us up for the Championship match where we took on the Trego Golden Eagles, they too had won all their previous matches of the day in straight sets and we knew it would be a battle. The girls were running on fumes after such a long day of volleyball and only playing 3 total matches in the previous month and playing 5 in one day. The girls came out with little fire to begin the match, dropping the 1st set 12-25, but they fought back in the second set to take it 25-18, in the 3rd and deciding set the Railers came up short losing 13-25 in a heartbreaking end to the day. Taking 2nd in our 1st tournament is something Coach Berens is very proud of and loved to watch the girls play so well all day! Leading in serving in the 5th and final match was Kaydawn with 7 aces and 11 good serves. Leading in spiking was Braelyn 4 kills and 6 good spikes, Emily with 3 kills and 6 good spikes, and Kaydawn with 2 kills and 7 good hits. Leading in passing and digging was Kaydawn with 9 passes and 4 digs, Emily with 8 passes and 8 digs, and Taylor with 2 passes and 11 digs. Again it was a great day of volleyball for the Varsity Junior High Railers, and as their coach I’m extremely proud of how hard they worked and fought. Our record is now 6-2 on the season and we take on the Smith Center Redmen, this Thursday, October 3rd, beginning at 4:30, for our last home game of the season. Come cheer us on, we would appreciate the support.

Coach Berens
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