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The Big Park Community School volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the season after a dominating victory Tuesday, Sept. 7, over visiting Pine Strawberry School, 2-0.

In the first game for the Coyotes, Big Park’s sheer size looked to dominate the net as the girls in black and teal outscored their opponent, 25-10. Hannah Johnson dives for the ball during the team’s matchup against Pine Strawberry. Big Park won 2-0 in its first home game of the year. The team is now 2-0 on the season.

With game one well in hand, first-year Head Coach Kelly Burkhardt said it was time to get a few of her players some experience at different positions in game two.

“At this age, it’s not a good idea to set their positions so after we got a game one win, I moved some of them around,” Burkhardt said after the match Tuesday.

The change was noticeable with many Big Park players confused as to where they were supposed to be within their rotation on the floor.

Nevertheless, Big Park was able to get a victory in game two over Pine Strawberry to take the match, 25-19.

As a team, Pine Strawberry looked much better than in the past and had eight kills and three ace serves to prove it.

For Big Park, standouts included Samantha Burkhardt who recorded six kills, four assists and four digs while McKenna Woodford recorded six kills, four digs, two assists and seven ace serves.

Woodford recorded six ace serves in a row when the Coyotes needed it most in game two Tuesday, as they trailed 13-12 before Woodford stepped behind the line to serve.

A few minutes later, Big Park led 20-13 and it was all over despite Pine Strawberry’s attempt to stop the bleeding after a time-out.

Other standouts for the Coyotes included Katherine Chapman who had four kills and two ace serves while Jillian Ziebellz had six assists, one kill and two ace serves.

“I’m very proud of our girls today. They had a few new things thrown at them and they responded well. We are going to get better and better and I look forward to seeing where this group can go,” Burkhardt said.

Next up for Big Park, the Coyotes will travel to Clarkdale-Jerome School on Tuesday, Sept. 14, with a scheduled 5 p.m. start time.

The Coyotes were in action Thursday, Sept. 9, when they traveled to Beaver Creek School but results were unavailable at press time.


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