By Dustin Henggeler
The Nodaway-Holt Trojans volleyball team put away a clean-sheet victory August 30 against the West Nodaway Rockets in their 2-0 win in Graham.
In game one, aces produced by Amanda Bohannon, who finished with nine for the night, allowed Nodaway-Holt to take a 7-0 lead to start set one. The Trojans never looked back with strong defense and attacking formations. West Nodaway, which was short one of their starters, looked to struggle with communication and just looked out of whack. Nodaway-Holt would win the first set 25-7.
“Our girls just have a hard time picking themselves up,” West Nodaway Coach Jennifer McGinness said. “We can play great one night, but the next night we can come out just all jumbled up. We were without one of our starters tonight, unfortunately, so throwing someone new into the mix wasn’t easy.”
A similar start in set two allowed the Trojans to cruise to a 25-9 victory. The Rockets managed to turn a 6-0 deficit into a 9-4 lead, but couldn’t convert the early momentum. The Trojans returned to a 13-5 lead and never looked back.
“Regardless of who it’s against, a win is a win,” Tobie Bohannon said of her team. “I felt like our girls went out there and competed and we went with the pace of the game which I thought was good. We just did a lot of things right tonight.”
The 2-0 non-conference win boosted the Trojans coming off a third place finish in the Fairfax Tournament last week.
“This game was a little slower paced than what we like, but our movement was good and Rachel was getting the sets put up for the girls and we had several kills because of that,” Tobie Bohannon said. “It’s great to see this already in the season.”
Along with Amanda Bohannon’s nine aces were Macie Bohannon’s five kills and three digs and Rachel Farmer’s 11 assists.
For the Rockets, Mackenzie Finney had two aces, Paige Hagey had a kill and a dig, Kristine Ecker had an assist and Faith Sanders had a dig.