Hornets

The Elcho Hornets volleyball team bounced back from last week’s loss to Crandon by taking care of Phelps in straight sets Tuesday, evening its Northern Lakes Conference mark at 1-1 in the process.

The Hornets had little trouble with the Knights, rolling to the win by margins of 25-8, 25-7 and 25-13.

“Last night was a great opportunity to try out plays, work on fundamentals and sub more often,” head coach Kate Dulmes said. “After our loss to Crandon, we realized a lot of the things we needed to do and had to keep that focus moving into last night’s game.”

It was a much-welcomed opponent and performance.

“First and second sets were great,” Dulmes explained. “I could see them having more fun and really working to run a strong offense. The third set is where we got stuck back in our old ways of setting the cruise control and hoping to earn the next point. I made a quick adjustment on the floor and the ladies knew they needed to turn it around.”

Leading the way for the Hornets in kills was Roxanne Russell with seven, Kailey Kupfer had six, Lexi Ernst five and Emily Moore contributed three.

Kupfer had a big night from the serve line as well, nailing down 10 aces. Moore served seven aces, while Lilly Reinke was credited with four. The team totaled six digs.

“Overall it was great and it’s even better when the stats can match what the coaches see happening on the floor,” Dulmes added.

Those stats included 46 total attempts on kills and 73 serve attempts. Out of those, 26 kills were made and 24 aces, a good night by most criteria.

While Elcho is now 1-1 in conference play, the Hornets improved to 3-7 overall. Phelps dropped to 0-2 in the Northern Lakes.

The Hornets next head to the Suring Invitational on Saturday.

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