Harlan Community players celebrate the final point of Tuesday’s hard-fought 3-1 home win over Shenandoah. Left-right: Ashley Hall, Kara Weis, Hayley Hopkins, Lindsey Andersen, Lauren Andersen and Anna Ahrenholtz. HCHS sophomore Lauren Andersen (15) and senior Anna Ahrenholtz rise up for a block against Shenandoah’s Logan Hughes during Tuesday night’s Hawkeye Ten match. Also pictured for HCHS are Kara Weis (left) and Hayley Hopkins. Cyclone senior Hayley Hopkins (center) goes on the attack as teammates (left-right) Kara Weis, Ashley Hall, Elise Juhl and Lindsey Andersen position themselves to play defense. (Photos by Mike Oeffner) Sophomore libero Ashley Hall makes one of her team-high 22 digs in Harlan’s 3-1 win over the Fillies. HCHS junior Lindsey Andersen served 19-for-20 with an ace against Shenandoah.

Cyclones bounce back, outlast Fillies in four

HCHS evens conference record at 1-1

 HARLAN (Sept. 4) -- Aggression and efficiency proved to be a winning combination for the Harlan Community volleyball team Tuesday night as the Cyclones persevered through a grueling set-one loss to outlast Shenandoah 27-29, 25-23, 25-15, 25-23 in an even Hawkeye Ten battle.
 HCHS served 96 percent with seven aces and improved its kill efficiency by more than 15 percent (19 more kills, 7 fewer attack errors) compared to last week’s four-set home loss to Denison-Schleswig.
 The Cyclones, now 4-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play, were unable to capitalize on two sets points in the opening stanza, but regrouped to win a tight set two, controlled three from start to finish and withstood a spirited Shenandoah rally late in the fourth to snap a four-game losing streak.
 The Fillies dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the H-10.
 “Credit to both teams. It was a fun match and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said HCHS head coach Willie Baughman. “We kind of had a new lineup and we adjusted fairly well. We had a lot of energy and it was good to see.”
 Baughman added: “A very big point of emphasis was, ‘We’ve got to keep balls in and we’ve got to be aggressive at the same time.’ There’s a little bit of a fine line, but I thought the girls did a great job.”
 An early-season rotation tweak seemed to pay dividends for the Cyclones as six-foot sophomore Macie Leinen moved from the middle to the outside and 5-foot-11 sophomore middle hitter Lauren Andersen saw her first varsity action.

HCHS 27-25-25-25, Shenandoah 29-23-15-23
Harlan Community Statistics
 Serving: 96/100 (96%), 7 aces -- Ashley Hall 20/22, Lindsey Andersen 19/20 (1 ace), Elise Juhl 14/15 (3 aces), Hayley Hopkins 14/14 (1 ace), Kara Weis 14/14 (1 ace), Olivia Petersen 14/14, Anna Ahrenholtz 1/1 (1 ace).
 Attacks: 145/165, 48 kills (12 per set), .170 kill eff. -- O. Petersen 41/43, 14 kills (.279 eff.); Ahrenholtz 23/29, 11 kills (.172); Macie Leinen 21/26, 9 kills (.154); Lauren Andersen 20/21, 7 kills (.286); Hopkins 32/38, 6 kills (.000); Juhl 4/4, 1 kill (.250); Hall 4/4.
 Assists: 40 -- Weis 38, Hall 2.
 Blocks: 12 -- Lauren Andersen 4 (1 solo), O. Petersen 3 (1 solo), Hopkins 2, Weis 1, Leinen 1, Ahrenholtz 1.
 Digs: 97 -- Hall 22, Hopkins 21, Weis 15, Leinen 12, Lindsey Andersen 9, Juhl 7, O. Petersen 5, Ahrenholtz 3, Lauren Andersen 3.
 Serve Receive Average: 2.47/3.00 (80 att.) -- Hopkins 2.73 (11), Leinen 2.67 (3), Hall 2.58 (24), Juhl 2.42 (19), Lindsey Andersen 2.41 (17), Ahrenholtz 1.83 (6).

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