Red Devils claim win at Hesston

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October 26, 2010 - 12:00 AM

HESSTON — Allen County Community College’s Red Devils felt right at home on the Hesston College volleyball court Monday.
Earlier this season, the Red Devils competed in the Hesston College tournament and had a turnaround in their play. A few days earlier, the Red Devils played “not up to potential” at home before going 3-1  at Hesston.
Allen County finished a 10-8 run in matches Monday with a  25-12, 25-21, 25-19 win over Hesston. The win pushed ACCC to 16-18 overall.
The Red Devils conclude regular-season play Wednesday at Coffeyville Community College. Allen County is 3-6 in Region VI, Division II play and sitting seventh. Coffeyville (22-17) is 4-5 and in sixth place.
Following Wednesday’s match, the Red Devils await seeding in the Region VI, Division II district tournaments. Region VI sends two  — district champions — teams to the NJCAA Division II national volleyball tournament, Nov. 18-20.
The Region VI district tournaments are Nov. 5.
“We really need to bring home a win against Coffeyville,” said Jessica Peters, Allen County head coach. “It would give us a boost going into the regional tournament.”
Last year Allen County (21-17) lost to Johnson County in the opening round of the tournament. Johnson County ended up sixth at the national tournament. Cowley County from the other Region VI district finished second in the NJCAA Division II volleyball tournament.
Allen County’s play at Hesston wasn’t as sharp as Peters would have liked it to be. After a weekend off, she said the Red Devils did what they needed to do to gain momentum and win the match.
“The first set was our best set of the night based on the amount of errors not made by us and the third set was our best based on level of play and energy,” Peters said.
“It’s hard to compete when you’re not playing a team that challenges you. We had to keep pushing ourselves as the Larks were unable to produce much on their side of the net throughout the match.”
Morgan Scott played libero — defensive specialist — for Allen County in sets two and three. Scott had 13 digs on the back row plus served for the Devils.
Casey Droddy and Karlee Bobbitt were setters in all three sets for the Red Devils. Droddy was credited with 19 set assists and Bobbitt had 12 set assists.
Leading the net attack was Nicole Rockhold with 17 kills and one block assist. Allison Jenicke had nine kills plus made two solo blocks and one assisted block.
Andrea Miller put down eight kills at the net. Miller also had two solo blocks and two assisted blocks. Shelby Greenwood had an assisted block and one kill as did Leesha Plagens.
Nicole Reed and Miller each had a service ace.
Rockhold came up with 22 digs and Jenicke had 12 digs. Droddy had seven digs and Reed had six. Miller had five digs.

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