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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Warren-Alvarado-Oslo sweeps the Green Wave

First-game jitters are hard to avoid when playing with an inexperienced team.

Despite East Grand Forks Senior High having seven seniors on this years’ team, only two Green Wave players have previous varsity experience after losing 10 players to graduation last year.

The inexperience showed on Tuesday as Warren-Alvarado-Oslo swept the Green Wave 25-14, 25-22 and 25-22 in the Senior High gym.

“It’s always tough your first game,” said Green Wave coach Sara Schnathorst. “The girls are always so nervous. But they improved as the match went on so that was good.

“We obviously have a lot of things to work on, but that’s with any team.”

In the first set, the Ponies cruised to win the set after getting out to a 17-6 lead.

W-A-O coach Dave Schroeder was pleased about how his team showed up to play.  

 “This is the best we’ve played so far,” said Schroeder. “We were in a couple of scrimmages, and we didn’t play with the energy I thought we needed. Tonight we came out and played with nice energy.”

Both the second and third sets were back-and-forth. In the second, inexperienced EGF held the 19-17 advantage, but the Ponies rallied.

In the third, the Green Wave held a 17-16 lead, but the Ponies rallied behind a kill by Sydney Olson to take the 18-17 lead. Brooke Bauer would later finish off the Wave with a kill to end it.

Despite the loss, Schnathorst did see some positive things from her team.

“It’s nice to get a game under the belt,” she said. “It gives you things to focus on as far as practice goes. We’ll fix some things and hopefully have a better showing the next match.”

Bauer led the way for the Ponies with eight kills, followed by Kaely DeMars with seven and six apiece by Josie Chapman and Sadie Scherber.

Leading the Green Wave was Haylie Carlstrom’s five kills and Cristal Moe’s four kills. Kayla Nelson pitched in with 14 assists.

For Senior High, who will host Red River on Tuesday, it was the errors that hurt them.

But Schnathorst believes those things will be fixed with time.

“Those things kill you,” said Schnathorst. “Those are things that you’re causing yourself to lose points. Missing key serves, things like that. That’s more mental stuff that comes with more experience as the season goes on.”