Nashua-Plainfield volleyball

One of Nashua-Plainfield’s best weapons this season has been the ability of setter Sydney Hansen to come up with tips for kills.
    For a few moments — OK, maybe more than a few — Nashua-Plainfield coach Amber Carter was thinking about sending out an all-points bulletin to find her volleyball team last Tuesday.    But the Huskies “returned” on their own to finally put away West Fork 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 10-25, 15-10 in both...
During a match played earlier this season, Nashua-Plainfield’s Miranda Crabtree watches teammate Britney Holthaus make a great effort as she dives for a dig.
     Britney Holthaus and Sydney Hansen never wavered, even as the two Nashua-Plainfield senior volleyball players endured a five-win campaign last season and a 2-10 start this year.     The two played key roles on the Huskies’ runs to the Corn Bowl Conference championship in 2014 and the Top of...
Nashau-Plainfield’s Miranda Crabtree comes up with a dig at the Huskies’ invitational tournament.
    Two weeks ago, the Nashua-Plainfield volleyball season seemed to be going nowhere.    The Huskies were 2-10 and mired in a nine-match losing streak and hadn’t won a single set during the skid.    My oh my, how things have changed.    After taking second at its own invitational on Sept. 16, the...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Morgan Kapping puts down a spike during the championship match against Denver Saturday.
    The losing streak — thanks to a three-set loss to Osage — had reached nine and Nashua-Plainfield was coming off “homecoming week” as it prepared to take on Valley Lutheran in the opening match of its invitational.    Coach Amber Carter’s advice to her Huskies? “Fake it until you make it.”    It...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Meghan Wright bumps a ball during a match played earlier this season.
    To say Nashua-Plainfield endured a tough volleyball week would be an understatement.    The Huskies not only dropped seven matches, but they had to deal with a key injury and the absence of another one of their senior leaders.    The Huskies dropped a Top of Iowa Conference East Division match...
Libby Fisher goes up for a spike during a match played against New Hampton last week.
     It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough to get Nashua-Plainfield its first volleyball victory of the season.     The Huskies, despite some inconsistency at times, swept Rockford 25-23, 26-24, 27-25 to open its Top of Iowa Conference East Division schedule  and improve to 1-1 overall.     “It...
Dayton Hansen fires a touchdown pass to Jared Whitinger during Nashua-Plainfield’s 57-0 victory over Rockford.
Let’s be honest, given the choice of being 5-20 or 20-5, we’d all take the latter.  Or given the option of being 3-6 or 6-3, again, we’d take the latter.  And asked for a preference, any runner would prefer to have the season end in Fort Dodge at the state meet rather than see it conclude in Cedar...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Meghan Wright, Britney Holthaus (16) and Liberty Fisher (12) all try to chase down the volleyball during Tuesday night’s Class 2A regional match with St. Ansgar.
As she talked to her team before the third set on Tuesday, Nashua-Plainfield volleyball coach Amber Carter had one message for her Huskies.   “Play for Sierra,” she said of her team’s lone senior, Sierra Fisher. “She’s our only senior, and let’s give her a little more volleyball.”   The Huskies did...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Bailey Weiss returns a serve during a recent match.
The Nashua-Plainfield volleyball team finally got back onto the court last week, and although wins were hard to come by, the Huskies definitely showed some potential.  Because of the flooding that hit the Nashua area last week, the Huskies hadn’t played a match in two weeks when they took on West...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Britney Holthaus takes to the floor to score a dig in the Huskies’ match with North Butler last week.
The good news is Nashua-Plainfield volleyball coach Amber Carter saw some good signs in last Tuesday’s loss to North Butler.The bad news is Mother Nature messed up any momentum the Huskies may have had as Nashua-Plainfield saw its match with St. Ansgar postponed because of flooding, which also...

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