Henning improves to 18-5 on season

Aaliyah Olson eyes up a shot during a recent game in Henning.

The Henning Hornets had a successful week on the court, improving their overall record to 18-5 and 4-1 in the Park Region Conference. The Hornets defeated Battle Lake 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-16) and Sebeka 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-18).  

On Saturday, the Hornets played in the KLN Tournament in Perham and came home with second place.

Against Battle Lake the Hornets served 98 percent. Gretchen Eckhoff led the serving, going 17/17 with 7 aces. As a team they had 34 kills, hitting .183. 

Becca Frederick led the team with 10 kills, and Natalie Eckhoff and Lyvia Misegades each had 6. Faith Fisher led the team with 22 digs and Misegades led the team in assists with 25. The Hornets did a good job on serve receive passing 37/40 to the target.

Against Sebeka, the Hornets served 93 percent, serve received 50/52 passes to the target. They had 42 kills, hitting at .215. 

Ally Hart helped the Hornets improve to 18-5 on the season with 4 more wins last week. 

Ally Hart led the team with 15 kills. Lyvi Misegades had 8, Becca Frederick had 7 and Myiesha Antoni 5. Faith Fisher and Hart led in digs with 16 and 14. Misegades led in assists with 34. 

At the KLN Tournament the Hornets had a very successful day. This year the tournament was put into a 16 team bracket, with each team guaranteed four matches. 

In the first match, the Hornets faced Park Rapids. Henning defeated Park Rapids 2-0 (25-8, 25-13). Their next opponent was Hawley. The Hornets started off a little slow and dropped the first game, and then went on to win the next two. Game scores were 19-25, 25-18, 15-11. 

With this win, the Hornets were in the semi-final game against Barnesville. The Hornets played solid volleyball and controlled the match from start to finish. Scores were, 25-9, 15-17.  

In the championship game the Hornets faced a very good Sauk Centre team, who are currently ranked fourth in Class AA. The Hornets lost 0-2. In each set, the Hornets started strong, only to have Sauk Centre push back and both games ended with a two-point difference.  Scores of the games were 23-25 and 27-29.  

The one thing they had over Henning was size. Their middles were 6’4” and 6’1”. Anything tight to the net, they owned. Head coach Kristy Finck said the Hornets did a great job moving the ball around and making them move, but it just wasn’t enough in the end. She said she is very proud of how we finished the tournament. The Hornets played with a lot of energy and Finck saw a lot of grown in each player.

As a team Henning served 98 percent, Gretchen Eckhoff and Aalyiah Olson each had 4 aces and Faith Fisher and Ally Hart had 3 apiece. Henning had 97 kills on the day, hitting .131. 

Hart led the team with 27 kills. Becca Frederick had 25, Gretchen Eckhoff 19 and Lyvia Misegades had 15. 

Henning’s serve receive was solid, as they passed 129/144 to the target. The Hornets had 12 blocks on the day, Frederick and Myiesha Antoni did a great job getting touches on balls that Henning’s defense dug up. Misegades had 72 assists on the day and Ally Hart led in digs with 64. Faith Fisher had 57 and Gretchen Eckhoff had 43.

The Hornets have two home games this week, Monday they host Wheaton/Herman-Norcross and Thursday they  host Pillager.