Red Devil volleyball team takes home loss

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Allen County Community College’s Jennifer House (7) tips the volleyball over the net in a home match last week. On Monday, the Red Devils lost at home against Butler Community College of El Dorado.

Allen County Community College’s volleyball team hasn’t developed that “killer” instinct on the court in 2009.
“We are getting more consistent playing teams point for point from the beginning but are unable to hold any point spreads that we work for,” said Jessica Peters, ACCC head coach, after the Red Devils’ home loss Monday to Butler Community College.
“We will get a lead on an opponent and with mistakes on our part give the lead back.”
Butler defeated Allen County 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 in Jayhawk Eastern Division play. The loss put the Red Devils at 1-4 in conference play and 11-13 overall.
It’s become a pattern for the Red Devils this season — play close matches but not being able to win more than they lose.
Over the weekend in the Hesston College Invitational, the Red Devils went 1-3. They lost to Butler on Friday 25-12, 28-26, 25-13. then on Saturday dropped a 29-27, 25-22, 27-25 decision to Dodge City
Allen County opened a match with Highland, winning the first set and forced a deciding fifth set by winning set four. Highland won the match, 24-26, 25-19, 25-12, 13-25, 16-14.
The Red Devils finished the tournament on a good note. They defeated Labette 14-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-18.
At home Monday, Peters said sophomore Amanda Placencia “showed up” coming off the bench to serve aggressively against the Grizzlies. She had two ace serves in 15 service attempts in the three sets.
“Amanda really stepped it up with her defensive ability and leadership on the court,” Peters said.
“We were tipping to Butler when we needed to be swinging. That allowed Butler an opportunity to take and set up the ball, which resulted in a blocking error or defensive error on our part.”
Nicole Rockhold led the net attack for ACCC with 11 kills, had two ace serves and 12 defensive digs. Autumn Lamle delivered eight kills while Andrea Miller and Jennifer House each had five kills.
Suzie Fields and Mindi Lozenski each had three kills and Brooke Bingham had two kills. Lamle, Miller, House, Lozenski and Fields each had a block assist.
House was credited with 14 digs and Lozenski had 11 digs. Misty Powelson had eight digs.
Lozenski had 32 set assists and two ace serves.
“The change is here, I know it is. We are going to turn this around,” Peters said. “We will continue to improve and find what is going to work.”
In the Hesston tournament, Rockhold pounded down 52 kills at the net for the four matches. She also had two solo blocks and two block assists and led the team with 70 digs defensively. House delivered 37 kills, had three block assists and 59 digs.
Fields came up big at the net in the Labette win as she made four solo blocks. Overall, Fields had 20 kills, six solo blocks and six block assists.
Lamle saw her first action for ACCC after being out for almost three weeks with an injury. She had 17 kills and eight block assists. Miller, who sprained her ankle in the third set of the Highland match and didn’t play the rest of the day, had 13 kills, two solo blocks and two block assists.
Lozenski was credited with 112 set assists for the tournament and 41 digs. She had five kills and two block assists.
Mandy Hug had 20 set assists and Powelson had 64 digs. Amy Bolen had nine kills, one solo block and one block assist.
Rockhold served five aces in the tournament and Lo-zenski had four aces. Fields, House and Placencia each had two ace serves while Powelson, Hug and Bingham had one ace each.
Allen County travels to Concordia Wednesday to play Cloud County Community College in Jayhawk East play. The Devils play at Highland on Friday.