Trojans outlast HCHS in five-setter

 ATLANTIC (Sept. 16) -- Despite finishing with more aces, kills and digs than Atlantic, Harlan Community came up just short in a five-set Hawkeye Ten volleyball match on Thursday night.
 Alternating set wins, the Trojans prevailed 25-23, 14-25, 25-22, 19-25, 16-14, beating HCHS for the first time since 2010.
 The Cyclones outscored Atlantic by 10 points overall but couldn’t win the close ones, falling to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Atlantic improved to 11-7 overall and 2-1 in the Hawkeye Ten.
 Harlan’s biggest advantage vs. Atlantic came in the serving department as the Cyclones served 89 percent with 15 aces and the Trojans finished at 85 percent with just five aces. Both squads had double-digit service errors.
 HCHS senior Zophi Hendricks (24-of-29) led all players with 11 aces, more than doubling her season total, while Madison Kjergaard was 23-of-23 and Laney Wegner 16-of-17 - both with one ace.
 Hendricks also had a big night at the net, slamming 20 kills with an efficiency of .312.

Full story in Sept. 21 Harlan Tribune

Atlantic 25-14-25-19-16, HCHS 23-25-22-25-14
Harlan Community Statistics
 Serving: 98/110 (89.1%), 15 aces -- Zophi Hendricks 24/29 (11 aces), Madison Kjergaard 23/23 (1 ace), Laney Wegner 16/17 (1 ace), Savanna Musich 10/11 (1 ace), Maci Schmitz 12/16 (1 ace), Claire Schmitz 6/6, Lauren McLaughlin 7/8.
 Attacks: 129/148, 49 kills (.203 eff.) -- Hendricks 43/48, 20 kills (.312 eff.); McLaughlin 21/26, 11 kills (.231); C. Schmitz 18/19, 7 kills (.316); Wegner 18/20, 5 kills (.150); M. Schmitz 13/14, 3 kills (.143); Shelby Sisson 15/20, 3 kills (-.100); Kjergaard 1/1.
 Assists: 44 -- M. Schmitz 42, C. Schmitz 1, Kjergaard 1.
 Blocks: 10 -- C. Schmitz 3, M. Schmitz 2 (2 solos), McLaughlin 2, Hendricks 2, Sisson 1.
 Digs: 71 -- Kjergaard 22, Wegner 15, M. Schmitz 12, Hendricks 11, Musich 6, C. Schmitz 2, Sisson 2, McLaughlin 1.
 Serve Receive Average: 1.88/3.00 (84 att.) -- Musich 2.23 (22), Kjergaard 2.15 (27), Hendricks 1.75 (8), Wegner 1.47 (19), McLaughlin 1.17 (6), C. Schmitz 1.00 (1), M. Schmitz 1.00 (1).
Atlantic Stat Leaders
 Serving: 83/98 (84.7%), 5 aces -- Jada Jensen 19/20, Chloe Mullenix 18/19 (1 ace), Ava Rush 15/18 (3 aces), Abby Smith 10/13 (1 ace). Attacks: 107/126, 44 kills (.198 kill eff.) -- Lexi Noelck 24/26, 11 kills (.346); Smith 33/38, 11 kills (.158); Mullenix 17/19, 8 kills (.316); Jensen 20/24, 8 kills (.167); Aubrey Guyer 11/15, 6 kills (.133). Assists: 44 -- Jensen 26, Noelck 17. Blocks: 10 -- Mullenix 4 (4 solos), Reagan Leonard 3 (1 solo), Smith 2 (1 solo). Digs: 66 -- Guyer 21, Rush 17, Smith 10, Noelck 7, Mullenix 6.

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