It was a closer match than expected for the Bears at Pine Island on Sept. 11th, but Byron came out on top winning in 3 straight games 25-22, 26-24 and 25-19. In the second game the Bears had to come back from a 24-18 deficit and scored 8 unanswered points to come out on top. "The girl won some really long rallies at the end of the match and had some key blocks and ace serves to really turn the momentum back in our direction. I'm glad we were pushed tonight, so the girls know they can keep fighting to the finish." Coach Krier said.
Senior co-captain Danielle Adams played an all around solid match. She led the Bears in defense with 18 digs and 6 ace blocks. She also had 6 kills, 3 ace serves, and 2 set assists. Another senior, Anna Zamzow, also played well all around. Anna had 4 ace serves and 7 kills offensively and 14 digs and 3 ace blocks defensively. "I've been really pleased with how Dani and Anna have taken on leadership roles. Both of them have improved tremendously from last year." Coach Krier said.
Mariah Zamzow had a team leading 8 kills for Byron. She also had 4 digs. Haley Tostenson had 6 kills, 2 ace serves and 6 digs. Libero Heidi Zamzow had 4 ace serves and 11 digs. Reed Klunder had 3 kills, 14 digs and 2 set assists. Freshman Taya Johnson had 19 set assists, 9 digs and a kill. "Taya has shown a lot of poise on the court. I am very pleased with how she has stepped into her role." Katie Entgelmeier had 7 set assists and 2 digs. Lexi Barth and Maddie Hintz each had a kill.
"We are working on cutting down on our hitting errors,and being more consistent on our serve receive. Once we do that, we should be in more control most of the matches in our conference."
Byron is 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the HVL conference. They will travel to Lake City on Thursday and then play in an 8 team tournament at Heritage Christian in Maple Grove this weekend.