TUESDAY, Sept. 28, 2021


         ST. PAUL – It was a long day on the courts for the Altoona-Midway Middle School volleyball team here Monday afternoon … in more ways than one.

         The Lady Jets – winners of four of their previous five matches heading into the day – were defeated in all three of their “A” team matches in Monday’s quadrangular. AMMS fell to the host Lady Indians in a three-set thriller, 25-10, 18-25, 8-15. The Lady Jets were also topped by St. Patrick’s Middle School of Parsons, 19-25, 16-25; and lost to Thayer 8‑25, 12-25.

         But it was also a long night as far as team fatigue and weariness, as the AMMS squad – only seven members strong – also played two “B” matches during the evening as well.

         The Lady Jets were victorious in both of the “B” contests, topping St. Paul 25-15 and beating St. Pats 15-16.

         “The girls started the evening pretty strong, but we just lost our mojo throughout the night,” said AMMS head coach Nikki Almond. “We have a small squad, and we were caught off-guard and weren’t expecting to play the ‘B’ games. The girls had never played this many games in one night, so we were definitely tired by the last match.

         “But the girls still gave good effort,” Almond added. “Tonight has definitely opened my eyes to what we need to focus on hard in practice the next few days in order to be ready for our games next week.”

         AMMS vs. St. Paul

         The Lady Jets opened with a 25-10 win in set one, but couldn’t maintain the momentum. St. Paul rallied to win 25-18 and then won the tiebreaker set 15-8.

         Sandra Morales fired five aces for AMMS, while Alexis Foudray had two and Bella Davis added one. Foudray and Chantal Morales also recorded kills.

         AMMS vs. St. Patrick’s

St. Pats captured this match 25-19, 25-16. Foudray had a kill for the Lady Jets while Abby Relph and Chantel Morales each notched an ace. The Morales sisters led the team in passing with Chantel and Sandra credited with 24 and 22, respectively.

         AMMS vs. Thayer

         With AMMS pretty much out of gas, the Lady Flyers recorded a 25-8, 25-12 victory. Relph and Sandra Morales each had a kill during the match, while Harmony McFarland fired an ace.

Altoona-Midway, now 4-6 on the season, returns to the friendly confines of Milo Peterson Gymnasium on Monday, Oct. 4, hosting a triangular with Edna and Oswego. Action is scheduled to get under way at 5 p.m.