Resilient Storm Lake Volleyball Team Wins at Spencer

Storm Lake overcame a stunning defeat in set three and a late deficit in the following set and emerged victorious in a Lakes Conference volleyball match Tuesday night in Spencer.

Spencer jumped on top 4-0 in the opening set, but back-to-back aces by Maddy Raveling tied it at 7-7 as part of a 7-0 run that put the Tornadoes up 10-7. Storm Lake didn’t relinquish that advantage, led by as many as six, and took the set 25-21.

Storm Lake was dominant in the second set, one in which they never trailed. The Tornadoes racked up 11 straight points on their way to a 25-9 second set win.

The Tornadoes carried that momentum into set three. They raced to an 8-0 lead on their way to a 17-3 advantage. The Tigers refused to fold as they scored seven points in succession as they started the climb back. Storm Lake still let the set 22-13 after a kill by Avery DeHaan, but a 10-0 run by Spencer put them ahead 23-22. Storm Lake tied it on a Hailey Anderson kill. After Spencer went ahead again, Storm Lake tied it, and then went up 25-24 on a kill by Kenzie Harder, but the Tigers scored the next three points to miraculously take the set 27-25.

Storm Lake led for much of set four. A kill by Audrey Koskey finished off a 5-0 run to give the Tornadoes their largest advantage of the set at 14-9. Spencer shook that off and took the lead at 17-16. Storm Lake called their last timeout of the set after Spencer went ahead 22-19. The Tornadoes took control from that point, and consecutive kills by DeHaan gave Storm Lake a 23-22 lead. The Tornadoes scored the next two as well to wrap up a 25-22 win, and the match in four sets.

Storm Lake’s 2nd win this year over Spencer puts them at 6-14, handing the Tigers (7-17) their 11th straight match defeat. The Tornadoes don’t play again until next Thursday, October 5th at Emmetsburg.


Kathleen “Kay” Schmitt

Kathleen “Kay” Schmitt passed away peacefully at her home on the afternoon of June 18, 2024, surrounded by her three daughters.

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