The Denison-Schleswig girls opened Hawkeye 10 Conference volleyball action on Tuesday night with a 3-1 loss to Harlan at Denison.
Harlan won the match 25-20, 24-26, 25-21, 25-18, as the Monarchs fell to 4-2 overall in matches and 9-6 in games played on the young season.
Kennedy Marten led all D-S servers by going 15-of-15 with two aces.
Sophie Sonnichsen was 15-of-17. Allana Arkfeld connected on 14-of-16 serves. Payton Goslar was 13-of-15 and Hannah Neemann was 9-of-10.
Neemann paced the Monarch hitters with 14 kills. Arkfeld added seven kills and Ellie Magnuson followed with six kills.
Marten led the Monarchs with 30 assists.
Neemann paced her team with 20 digs. Goslar was next with 14. Marten and Magnuson each had 11 digs.
Arkfeld contributed one solo block and four block assists. Magnuson had one solo block for the Monarchs, while Neemann finished with one solo block and and two block assists.
Kira Langenfeld also had two block assists.
"It was a tough loss, as I thought both teams played really well. We did a good job of getting them out of system , but they were still able to terminate," commented Denison-Schleswig coach McKenzie Mich.
"I felt that Neemann and Arkfeld had great nights at the net and Sonnichsen in the back row."
"Our most experienced players led us in their respective positions from last season. So, our unseasoned players need to get more confidence and step up," Mich added.
Harlan defeated the D-S freshmen, winning 25-21, 25-21.
Kaya Auen went 10-of-10 in serving to lead the D-S girls. Irene Alvarez was 8-of-10 with two aces. Emily Espinoza was 6-of-7 with one ace.
Leigha Brungardt also was 7-of-8. Anna Wiges was good on all five of her serve attempts, while Mary Clare Matthews was 5-of-6 with one ace.
Brungardt had a team-high three kills.
Wiges and Ashlyn Herrig each tallied two digs, while Auen and Kyra Hawn each had one.