A strong defensive effort by Nokomis helped the Redskins pick up their second win of the season on Tuesday, Aug. 31, as they defeated the Gillespie Miners in two games 25-21, 25-21.
Audrey Sabol and Skylar Stewart patrolled the net against the Gillespie hitters and sent back eight shots the other way. Sabol led the team in blocks with five, while Stewart had three.
The shots that did make it over the net were welcomed by a Nokomis back row that had two players with double digit digs. Hailey Engelman led the team with 12, while Emily Cress added 11. Natalie Engelman and Addison Dangbar also contributed to keeping the Nokomis offensive options in play with eight and five digs respectively.
Those offensive options revolved around Sabol, Stewart and freshman Rean Ward, who led the team with six kills. Sabol chipped in five kills, while Stewart added two. Hailey Engelman led the team in assists with 12, while Presley Lamb doled out a half dozen assists as well.
In the serving game, Dangbar reached double digits with 11 points, while Audrey Sabol and Hailey Engelman added in seven and five points respectively.
Now 2-1 on the season, the Redskins hit the road again on Thursday, Sept. 2, to face Shelbyville, followed by a road trip to Altamont on Saturday, Sept. 4, for the Indians’ annual tournament.
Nokomis plays Vandalia at 8:30 a.m., Greenville at 11 a.m. and Cumberland at 12:40 p.m., followed by crossover play in the afternoon.
August 31 at Gillespie
Nokomis 25 25
Gillespie 21 21
Service Points: Addison Dangbar 11, Audrey Sabol 7, Hailey Engelman 5. Kills: Rean Ward 6, Audrey Sabol 5, Skylar Stewart 2. Assists: Hailey Engelman 12, Presley Lamb 6. Blocks: Audrey Sabol 5, Skylar Stewart 3. Digs: Hailey Engelman 12, Emily Cress 11, Natalie Engelman 8, Addison Dangbar 5.
Record: Nokomis (2-1).