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North Lake Volleyball player Emily Murphy blocks Central Christian’s outside hitter during the recent District competition.

North Lake Cowgirls Volleyball team ended their short 2021 season with some big accomplishments and a fighting spirit. The Cowgirls competed in the 1A-5 Mountain Valley League District meet on Friday, April 2.

They started the day playing Central Christian, which was the first place team in the district while North Lake was the fourth place team going into the set. “Our team played very competitively. We served at 94%. Our defense was very good. Our offense just wasn’t effective enough to pull off a win,” North Lake Volleyball Coach Mellisa Roth said. The Cowgirls came away 0-3 against Central Christian.

Their second match offered a boost in morale. The Cowgirls were playing against Hosanna, a team they had lost to twice during the regular season. “We played five competitive sets and pulled out the win,” Roth said, adding, “We were getting tired and it showed in our serving at 89%. The girls pushed through. Gabby Mendias scored the winning point with a kill.”

Andrea Roth had 11 kills for the day, Patience Haff had eight kills, and Lauren Chugg had seven. The Cowgrils’ libero, Kaylinh Roberts, “was very busy in the back row and had a great two matches of digging some very hard hits,” Coach Roth said. She added that Julie Roth did a great job setting and had three aces and seven kills. Emily Murphy, the team’s middle, did a great job at the net and had two aces, five kills and four blocks. Gabby Mendias had four kills and did a good job of serving, Roth noted.

The Cowgirls’ Volleyball team ultimately placed third in their district. “I am very proud of our team. They have worked hard this season and placed well — as we are in a very competitive league,” Roth expressed.

In a normal year, she said, the team would be moving on to regional playoffs for the state tournament.

Patience Haff and Lauren Chugg both received Honorable Mention in the 1A-5 Mountain Valley League District league. Andrea Roth was voted first team All League and was selected to the all tournament team for the day of District.

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