ATKINSON — The Wolfpack volleyball team, by their play on the court, are rapidly becoming one of the best volleyball teams in the area.
EPPJ improved their record to 11-2 with victories over Plainview and Atkinson West Holt Saturday evening.
The Wolfpack defeated Plainview (3-6) by the scores of 25-18 and 25-20.
Hayley Stamp led the way for the Wolfpack with eight kills, Liz Selting and Jenna Parks each had four and Terri Seier added three.
Baylee Wemhoff led the team in set assists with nine, Parks had five and Nikki Beckman added four.
Parks led the team in ace serves with two, Selting had one.
Seier recorded three ace blocks in the match, Parks had two and Taylor Schumacher added one.
The Wolfpack had 22 digs in the match, led by Wemhoff with five. Mescher, Selting and Schumacher each had four and Schindler added three. Mescher led the team in serve receive with 18.
The toughest match of the day was against Atkinson West Holt (4-9). After winning the first game 25-13, the Wolfpack dropped the second game 25 to 22. In the decisive third game, EPPJ prevailed by the score of 25 to 20.
Wolfpack hitters accounted for 32 kills in the match, led by Parks and Selting each with nine, Seier had seven, Stamp had four and Beckman added two. Wemhoff had six set assists to lead the Wolfpack, followed by Parks with five, Schumacher had three and Beckman added one. Wemhoff had the team’s only ace serve.
The Wolfpack had seven solo blocks in the match. Stamp, Seier and Schumacher each had two, Selting added one.
Selting led the team in digs with 11, Parks had eight, Schumacher was credited with seven and Mescher had six.
Mescher led the team in serve receive with 12, Selting was the only other player in double figures with 10, Parks had nine and Schindler was credited with eight.
CENTRAL CITY — Elgin Public-Pope John continued their winning ways Thursday night, defeating Nebraska Christian and Riverside at a triangular.
Boosting their record to 9-2 with the victories, the Wolfpack were never seriously threatened as they won both matches in two games.
Against the Lady Eagles, the Wolfpack faced their stiffest competition, winning 25-23 and 25-20. Having lost just two matches prior to facing the Wolfpack, the Lady Eagles had a four-point lead midway through the first game before the Wolfpack began to take control. Kills by Hayley Stamp and Liz Selting helped fuel a rally which saw the Wolfpack take a 16 to 15 lead. The teams traded points the rest of the way, but the Lady Eagles were never able to regain the lead. Junior Jenna Parks had a block at the net on game point to close out the first game 25 to 23.
In Game Two, the score was tied 17-all when the Wolfpack made their move. Three service points by Parks staked them to a 20 to 17 lead. The teams traded points before kills by Terri Seier and Selting helped finish off the game and the match.
For the match, Selting led Wolfpack hitters with eight kills, Seier had six and Parks added five, Stamp had two while Jordan Mescher, Taylor Schumacher and Nikki Beckman each had one. Nebraska Christian was led by Cassidy Ostrand with 13 kills.
Parks led EPPJ in ace serves with four. The Wolfpack had six solo blocks, Schumacher and Seier each had two, Parks and Stamp each had one.
The leader in digs for EPPJ was Parks with five, Baylee Wemhoff had three and Selting added two.
Parks recorded a team-high 11 set assists, Wemhoff had nine and Beckman added three. Mescher again led the Wolfpack in serve receive with 12, Sharla Schindler had eight.
In the second match of the night, EPPJ defeated Riverside 25-11 and 25-19.
In Game One, the Wolfpack broke the game open early. Leading six-to-five, the Wolfpack outscored the Chargers19 to six the rest of the way. The Wolfpack dominated the net as Parks, Selting, Seier and Stamp all had their moments to shine with kills set up by set assists from Wemhoff. A key to the success the Wolfpack had was strong back row play by Jordan Mescher, Sharla Schindler and Amy Nelson.
In Game Two, Riverside had the advantage early as momentum helped propel them to an 18 to 11 lead. Then Wemhoff stepped to the service line. The sophomore’s strong serves ate up the Chargers as she had 13 consecutive points. Helping the cause was the strong play of Seier and Schumacher teaming up to block at the net.
Selting closed out the match with a kill which caught the line.Against Riverside, the Wolfpack had 22 kills at the net. Leading hitters were Seier and Selting, each with seven kills, Parks had three followed by Stamp and Beckman with two each, Schumacher had one. Riverside was led by Brandy Herley with four kills.
The Wolfpack had seven ace serves in the match, led by Parks with two, Schindler, Wemhoff, Schumacher, Selting and Mescher each had one. Leading Riverside was Baylee Wlaschin with four ace serves.
Seier led EPPJ with four solo blocks. Schindler led the team in digs with five, Wemhoff had three while Parks, Schumacher, Selting, Mescher and Nelson each had two.
Wemhoff led the Wolfpack with 10 set assists, Parks had six while Beckman, Schumacher and Seier each had one.
Mescher led the Wolfpack in serve receive with six.
ORCHARD — Six takeaways by the Wolfpack set the stage for a 52 to 24 victory Friday night over Clearwater/Orchard.
The rout, coming on Homecoming Night for the Cyclones, marked the Wolfpack’s first victory of the season and it came in convincing fashion.
“We kept driving, kept pushing. I’ve told the kids since that first week, these three yard plays are going to turn into four, turn into five and then before you know it they’re gonna turn into something else,” Coach Randy Eisenhauer said.
EPPJ safety Seth Schumacher intercepted the Cyclones on their first three possessions, setting up three Wolfpack touchdowns. Schumacher would later add a third interception, setting a Wolfpack record for most interceptions in one game.
The Wolfpack got on the scoreboard when fullback Kyle Kallhoff plunged into the endzone from a yard out, capping a 40-yard drive in nine plays. After Schumacher’s second interception put the ball on the Cyclones’ 12-yard line, the Wolfpack needed just three plays to score as Schumacher reached the endzone on a quarterback keeper from three yards out.
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September 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
CREIGHTON — Elgin Public-Pope John claimed their seventh victory of the season on Thursday night.
Playing at Creighton, they beat the Bulldogs in four games by the scores of 27-25, 25-18, 22-25 and 25-14.
After winning the first two games, the Wolfpack saw Creighton climb back into the match by winning the third game. However, in the fourth game, the Wolfpack’s strong attack proved too much for the Bulldogs to overcome.
Just how strong were the Wolfpack at the net? The team produced 40 kills at the net, led by junior Jenna Parks with 14. Sophomore Liz Selting added 11 followed by Terri Seier eight, Hayley Stamp three, Nikki Beckman and Taylor Schumacher each had two kills.
EPPJ (7-2) took advantage of Creighton’s inconsistent serve receive, producing nine ace serves. Selting and Parks each had three ace serves, Baylee Wemhoff added two and Jordan Mescher contributed one. The Wolfpack were 83 of 88 from the service line.
Mescher led the team in serve receive with 15, Sharla Schindler had 14 and Schumacher had six.
Schumacher led the team in digs with 10, Selting and Parks each had nine, Wemhoff seven, Schindler six, and Mescher five.
The Wolfpack recorded 34 set assists in the match, led by Wemhoff with 14 and Parks with 13.
Another telling statistic was solo blocks. The Wolfpack had nine, led by Seier with five, Parks had two, Selting and Stamp one apiece.
The victory boosts their season record to 7-2.
September 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — Turnovers led to two touchdowns for the Wildcats Friday night as Hartington/Newcastle edged the Wolfpack 36 to 30.
Mistakes and missed opportunities again cost the Wolfpack as they dropped their third game of the season.
“It’s turnovers,” Coach Randy Eisenhauer said about the loss. “What we’ve practiced the last two weeks is being physical and I felt the kids were really physical tonight…we just had too many mistakes and missed opportunities.”
Coming off a bye week, the Wolfpack’s power running game was on display early in the game. On their opening possession the Wolfpack picked up two first downs as fullback Kyle Kallhoff was churning up the yards inside behind good offensive line play. However, when the Wolfpack went to the air it was another story. Avery Chrastil picked off EPPJ’s first pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown, giving the Wildcats an early lead without their offense having taken a snap.
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