Fourth Time Still Charming For Nokomis Volleyball

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If the adage is that it’s difficult to beat any team three times is true, then facing off against a formidable four times in a single season would be even more challenging.

This proved to be true, but not impossible, for the Nokomis High School volleyball team on Monday, Oct. 25, as they opened regional play against Edinburg, a team they had played thrice before, on the Wildcats’ home floor.

After seven sets that were decided by an average of just five points, six of which were won by the Redskins, Monday’s final match-up turned out to be a close one as well, with Nokomis winning 25-19, 20-25, 25-20.

Nokomis set season-bests in kills (29), assists (26), blocks (12) and digs (119) in the win over the Wildcats, which earned them a shot at Lincolnwood on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the regional semifinal.

The team success transferred over to individual season-bests as well, with six players setting new marks for 2021. Five of those seven came on the defensive end, with three players, Addison Dangbar (28), Natalie Engelman (22) and Presley Lamb (22), setting new bests in digs. Hailey Engelman (13) and Rean Ward (12) also had double digit digs in the win.

Closer to the net, Skylar Stewart and Reaghan Jonas both had season-bests in blocks, with Stewart posting three solo blocks and nine assists. Jonas would add in one solo block and three assists, while Audrey Sabol also had four block assists on the night.

Sabol’s biggest impact came on the attack, with a season high 13 kills. Addison Dangbar and Rean Ward added in five kills, while Hailey Engelman added in four kills. Engelman also had 17 assists, another season, best, while Presley Lamb contributed seven assists.

In the serving game, Engelman and Dangbar led the team with 10 and nine points respectively, with Dangbar posting three aces.

The win improved Nokomis’ record to 14-19 on the season, going into Wednesday’s showdown with Nokomis.

October 25 at Edinburg

Class 1A Regional Quarterfinal

Nokomis 25 20 25

Edinburg 19 25 20

Nokomis Statistics

Service Points: Hailey Engelman 10, Addison Dangbar 9, Skylar Stewart 6, Natalie Engelman 5, Presley Lamb 4, Audrey Sabol 2. Aces: Addison Dangbar 3, Hailey Engelman 1, Presley Lamb 1, Audrey Sabol 1. Kills: Audrey Sabol 13, Addison Dangbar 5, Rean Ward 5, Hailey Engelman 4, Skylar Stewart 1, Reaghan Jonas 1. Assists: Hailey Engelman 17, Presley Lamb 7, Reaghan Jonas 1, Presley Mehochko 1. Blocks: Skylar Stewart 12, Reaghan Jonas 4, Audrey Sabol 4. Digs: Addison Dangbar 28, Natalie Engelman 22, Presley Lamb 22, Emily Cress 15, Hailey Engelman 13, Rean Ward 12, Reaghan Jonas 2, Skylar Stewart 2, Audrey Sabol 2, Presley Mehochko 1.

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