Lady Leafs give no quarter to Pirates

Chris Steele
Hannah Himmelman, right center, and Lily Gerth (13) celebrate with Alex Horne (20), Elli Weller (2) and Rachel Daniels (7) during Geneseo’s match against Ottawa. The Lady Leafs wore yellow ribbons and hosted a bake sale and 50/50 raffle, with money raised benefiting the Parkinsons Foundation.

The Geneseo volleyball team fell against Dixon in three sets and battled Ottawa on Autograph Night.

Dixon at Geneseo

Dixon crept past the Leafs in a three-set battle 18-25, 25-18, 26-24, on Sept. 21.

Geneseo’s Maggi Weller (14) and Elli Weller (12) provided the defense for the Lady Leafs with a combined 26 digs.

Maggie Weller led the team with four aces, and Caitlin Gilmore chipped in a pair of aces and three digs.

The Leafs’ Breanna Smith led the team in kills with nine, and Hannah Himmelman finished with eight kills.

Rachel Daniels led the Lady Leafs with 14 assists, and Hannah Adams added 12 assists.

GHS’ Lilly Gerth tallied seven kills, and Emily Pobanz finished with three kills and three digs.

Mariah Smith finished with five digs and two kills, and Alex Horne tallied three kills and two digs.

Ottawa at Geneseo

The Lady Leafs played inspired with the middle school volleyball players filling the gym with cheers during Geneseo’s 25-9, 25-14 victory over the Pirates, on Sept. 26.

The Lady Leafs (10-8, 2-2 NIB 12) used the energy in the gym to jump out to a 12-5 lead dominating in the first set.

Geneseo’s Himmelman put away a powerful spike to send everyone into an uproar and give the Leafs a 19-7 advantage.

Himmelman got the fans on their feet again in the second set with a kill that gave the Leafs a 16-9 lead, and the Leafs’ Gerth tallied a kill to build a 19-9 advantage.

After a tough loss to Dixon, Leafs’ Coach Casey Komel has seen the team practice and play at a whole new level.

“We had a couple of quotes that drove us the past couple of days,” Komel said. “‘Disappointments in life can either make you better or bitter,’ and another is, ‘You can either have results or excuses, not both.’ I think the girls proved we are not making excuses and we are not bitter. We are going to get better.”

Having players return from injury has helped the Lady Leafs improve.

Elli Weller returned to her libero position and led the team with eight digs.

The Leafs’ Alex Horne rang up six kills against Ottawa after having to miss games earlier this season.

Maggi Weller led the Leafs with a pair of aces, and Rachel Daniels had a team-best 15 assists.

Emily Pobanz tacked on six kills, and Gerth finished with five kills.

Geneseo’s next match will be at home against Kaneland on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m.