It’s been a tough stretch for the Nokomis volleyball team, who has been shorthanded for their last six games, all of which have seen the Redskins on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
The latest of their half dozen consecutive defeats came on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in a 25-12, 25-19 affair against Metro-East Lutheran. After the Knights rolled through the Skins in game one, the Redskins rallied in game two and held a 15-14 lead over the visitors from Edwardsville.
Metro-East Lutheran peeled off two quick points to take a 16-15 lead, but Nokomis answered and tied the game again at 16-16. A win wasn’t in the cards, though, as the Knights rattled off six straight points to take a commanding six-point lead.
Nokomis would get as close as three, 22-19, in the final moments, but Metro-East Lutheran got a side-out and two more points to finish off the victory.
Skylar Stewart led Nokomis in serving with five points, followed by Addison Dangbar and Natalie Engelman with three each.
On the attack, Presley Lamb led the team with four kills, followed by Reaghan Jonas with three. Becca Hill led the team in assists with five.
Lamb also led the team in digs, with nine, while Hill and Emily Cress had seven and six digs respectively. Stewart and Jonas patrolled the net and had five blocks, Stewart with three and Jonas with two.
The Redskins will be back at home on Thursday, Sept. 9, when they host Meridian, followed by a trip to this year’s Montgomery County Invitational, hosted by Hillsboro and Lincolnwood.
Nokomis starts play in the Purple Pool on Sept. 10, at 4:45 p.m. against Mt. Olive in the Hillsboro Junior High gym, followed by games against Auburn at 6:45 p.m. and Roxana at 8:45 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, bracket play begins, with Nokomis scheduled to play at noon and 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.
September 7 at Nokomis
Metro-East Lutheran 25 25
Nokomis 12 19
Service Points: Skylar Stewart 5, Addison Dangbar 3, Natalie Engelman 3. Kills: Presley Lamb 4, Reaghan Jonas 3. Assists: Becca Hill 5. Blocks: Skylar Stewart 3, Reaghan Jonas 2. Digs: Presley Lamb 9, Becca Hill 7, Emily Cress 6.
Record: Nokomis (2-8).