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Lady Vandals open season with win over Wood River

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By Jonathan Stark

The Lady Vandals didn’t let pre-game jitters or lack of varsity experience deter them in their first match Tuesday night as they beat EA-Wood River 25-9, 25-11.

It was senior Katie Vieregge who led the Vandals and played what coach Allison Smth considered to be her best game.

“I think that’s the best game I’ve ever seen her play,” Smith said. “Being a senior leading us out on the first night, I thought she did a fantastic job.”

Vieregge was 10-for-11 serving with an ace. Hitting, she was 5-6 with two kills and four digs.

Haley Wollerman served 11-for-12, with a team-high six aces. She had 13 assists and nine kill assists.

“I was really happy with this first outing, especially with this group that didn't have a lot of varsity experience. I thought they came out and did an excellent job,” Smith said.

With so many players without varsity experience, Smith said there where some pre-game jitters in the locker room, but she told the girls that the moment they stepped into the gym, the jitters had to be gone. And if they were nervous, then to turn that into hustle and hard play on the court.

“I thought they did a good job of it,” Smith said.

Amy Walton had a team-high six digs and was 3-for-3 hitting with a kill. Taylor Parrish was a perfect 8-for-8 serving with two aces. She was 3-for-4 hitting and had a block. Holly Goldsmith was 6-for-7 hitting and had a team-high three kills and two blocks.

“I thought we played well all the way around,” Smith said. “I thought we had a few mistakes passing, but not very many. I thought everyone stepped up and played their role tonight.”

Between now and Thursday, Vandalia will be working on its movement and covering, receiving serves and its overall defense.

Thursday night, Vandalia will host Roxana at 7 p.m. This weekend they will play in the Altamont Tournament.

Earlier in the night, the junior varsity team beat Wood River, 25-10, 25-19. Shelby Foster was 13-for-17 serving with six aces. Amber Bruno had a team-high eight digs. Hannah Edwards and Sierah Ruffner each had two kills. JV will play Roxana at 6 p.m. Thursday.