Henning clinches at least a share of PRC title

Lyvia Misegades saves a ball near the net during Thursday’s game against New York Mills.

The Henning Hornets improved their overall record to 17-8 and are now 6-0 in the Park Region Conference after a pair games last week.  

On Monday night, the Hornets defeated Battle Lake 3-0 (25-7, 25-10 and 25-15). Then on Thursday night, the Hornets won 3-2 (22-25, 24-26, 25-19, 25-16 and 15-12) in a hard fought match against PRC rival New York Mills Eagles.

In the game against Battle Lake, the Hornets controlled the match from beginning to end. The only area where the Hornets struggled was from the serving line. As a team, they served 88 percent with 10 ace serves, 28 kills hitting at .138, serve received 89 percent and had 3 solo blocks.  

The Henning students were out in full force on Thursday night as the fans dressed up in construction worker gear for Henning’s volleyball game against New York Mills. The fans event had a large hammer and cone. 

Grace Hammer had 8 kills, Emma Severson had 7, Ally Hart had 6 and Becca Frederick added 4. Severson led the team with 2 solo blocks, Hammer led the team in ace serves with 6. Faith Fisher led the team in digs with 14 and Lyvia Misegades led the team with 23 assists.

Anyone who was in the gym on Thursday night saw an exciting match. The Hornets pulled off 3-2 victory over the NY Mills Eagles. 

Coming into the game, both teams were 5-0 in the PRC. At the conclusion of the game, the winning team would be the only team in the PRC with a perfect record.  

In the first two games, the Hornets played back and forth with the Eagles, the only difference was that the Hornets had too many unforced errors. Net calls, hitting errors and missed serves plagued the Hornets. Even with so many unforced errors, the games were close, 22-25, 24-26.  

In games 3 and 4, the Hornets cut back in the errors and just played solid volleyball. They controlled the offense and won by the scores of 25-19, 25-16.  

In game five, the race to 15, the Hornets fell behind 5-0, before siding out. Then they fought back and tied the score at 7-7. The game was back and forth and tied three more times at 8, 10, and 11. The Hornets pushed hard and finished the game 15-12.

On the night, the Hornets served 95 percent with 5 aces, they had 54 kills, 12 blocks, and served received at 80 percent. 

Leading the team was Ally Hart; she had 21 kills, 27 digs, 26/26 serving with 2 aces. Faith Fisher was 13/13 in serves with 1 ace and had 25 digs. Becca Frederick was also perfect in serving 18/18 with 1 ace and had 4 kills. Grace Hammer had 16 kills and Emma Severson had 7. Lyvia Misegades led the team in assists with 47. 

The Hornets have two regular season games left. Monday is a home game against Parkers Prairie and Tuesday they travel to Verndale for their last PRC match.  

Subsection playoff games start Monday, Oct. 25.  The Hornets first round of play, which is a home game, will be on Wednesday, Oct. 27.