Points were hard to come by on the Hopkins volleyball Thursday night. The Vikings played host to Allendale and came away with the O-K Silver win, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16.
The two teams battled back and forth through the first two games of the match, with Hopkins taking control down the stretch. Game three turned out to be all Hopkins, as the home team cruised to game-set-match.
“We played much better (than at Saturday’s Cereal City tournament),” said Hopkins coach Terrie Wisser. “Our hitters are coming back around. It was a great night for hitting. Overall, we stepped it up and played a lot better.
“It just seemed like we were passing much better, moving and controlling the floor a little bit better. We started playing more sloppy ball for us (at the beginning of the match), and we picked it up and finished strong.”
The home team was led by Ashly Kamp with 20 kills. Kristen Gilbert set 27 assists and hit six kills herself. The Vikings’ libero Ashley Sokol made 14 digs, and Kaitlyn Arndt and Gilbert both blocked one shot each for points. From the serving line, Kamp aced four serves.
“Our serving was much-improved,” said Wisser. “We did a really good job serving. We only missed one serve all night.”
The Falcons used their defense to hang with the Vikings.
“I think our team is working good on a whole,” said Allendale coach Jody Hansen. “We changed our defense and the girls are loving it. We used to get burned with a lot of tips with a big hole in the middle, so that was incredibly improved. They did a great job. Hopkins played well.”
Defensively, Allendale relied on Kristen Yntema with three digs. At the net, Hannah Belan made four blocks. Offensively, Belan put away eight points on kills, followed by Kelly Driesengas three. Tara Van Oeveren set six assists and served two aces.
Hopkins (3-1, 6-9-3) will travel to Lee this Tuesday and host Kent City Thursday. Allendale (1-3 in the O-K Silver) will travel to Kelloggsville Tuesday and host Godwin Thursday.