Coaches’ corner: Cowboy volleyball takes fourth at Ash Fork tournament | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Coaches’ corner: Cowboy volleyball takes fourth at Ash Fork tournament | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Ash Fork brought a great amount of growth, which we were hoping for.

The girls had times of strength and times of weakness; both we will be able to learn from. We ended up finishing 4th overall.

Pool play did not go well, as we lost every match; playing Ash Fork, Williams and Shonto. Going into tournament play, the girls beat #1 ranked team from the other pool, Joseph City (which we later lost to and was eliminated from the tournament, in double elimination to see who would progress onto either 3rd place or the championship game).

We were missing two key players; Rachel Stockseth and Carlee Oetherreich this weekend, both girls are hitters and can play either OH (outside) or RS (right side).

We struggled to find a group of 6 that worked well together. Senior Jade Oium ended up being shifted from her typical MB (middle blocker/hitter) position to OH (outside hitter), where she ended up doing an extremely stellar job.

We have not yet received All Tournament Team selections but I would be surprised not to see Jade on the list. She was aggressive and smart with her attacks and was definitely our “clutch” player.

She also kept a positive and up beat attitude, which was really great to see. Bennet Holm (sophomore) transitioned back into her setter role (where she started last season) and did a phenomenal job, considering she hasn’t had any setting practice at all this season; her attacks from the RS were also great.

Lower-classman Maya Hedges (freshman) and Kendall Pettersen (sophomore), had a lot of confidence boosting this weekend with a great number of blocks they both received….

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