MADISON, S.D. – The Waldorf University volleyball team wanted to finish the season with a win, and although they came up just short on the scoreboard, head coach Bri Ebenhoe felt very proud how her seniors took the court with excitement in their final match.
"The consistent leadership and commitment from our seniors left an incredible foundation that we will build on for many seasons to come," Ebenhoe said.
Seniors Erica Fee, Danica Cheney, April Jones, Kaitlyn Monck, Rebecca Bartnicki and Ashley Holl competed well in a fierce rivalry match-up against Dakota State, looking for revenge after a three-set loss to the Trojans on Oct. 7.
The Warriors (5-27 overall, 2-14 NSAA) nearly got revenged, forcing a fifth set on the road before falling, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 20-25, 15-7.
"We had moments of aggressive play, but couldn't maintain our consistency through five sets," Ebenhoe said.
It was a complete team effort for the Warriors one set: Five Waldorf volleyball players recorded at least nine kills in the very close defeat.
Savanna Cordle led the Warriors with 11 kills in the match, while Erica Fee led all players with 20 digs. Waldorf sophomore Angie Gore finished just one kill shy of a double-double with nine kills and 15 digs.
Fellow sophomore Mindy Poehler was one of the five Warriors players with nine kills, and she finished with a team-high .292 kill percentage.
In addition to Fee's 20 digs, she also contributed two service aces for her teammates.
Ebenhoe says Fee, as well as the entire team, did a great job with their serves on Saturday afternoon.
"Strong serving kept Dakota State on their toes, and we saw strong play from our middle attackers," Waldorf's coach said.
The Waldorf volleyball team completes the season with two conference wins and finished with a .333 winning percentage (3-6) during home matches at Denny Jerome Court.
Ebenhoe said that the Warriors left everything out on the court this season, and she's excited for an even better 2018 campaign.
"I was really proud of the confidence and relentless effort in 2017, and hope that this season is the start of an upward trend for Warrior Volleyball."