Johnston sweeps FDSH

The final home match of the volleyball season didn’t go the way Fort Dodge head coach Tonia Burrell hoped it would on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers (11-22 overall) dropped three straight games to 14th-ranked Johnston. Scores were 25-10, 25-14 and 25-12.

The Dragons, who have two players standing over six-feet tall and two players close to that height, towered over FDSH.

Six-foot-3 senior Taryn Knuth, a Florida State recruit, led the charge.

“I think their height beat us before we even played,” Burrell said. “It seemed like we were intimated and we were just flat.

“We have to go out and play as hard as we can at all times. We just aren’t doing that.”

The Dodgers hung around with the Dragons (10-9) early in the first match, cutting into an early Johnston lead to move the score to 8-7.

Fort Dodge stayed within fighting distance at 13-10, but Johnston closed out the contest with an impressive 12-0 burst.

“We made a lot of mistakes and they didn’t,” Burrell said. “I wanted to see more energy, but we just didn’t show it.”

It was more of the same in Game 2, as Johnston built a 10-2 advantage and the closest the Dodgers got from there was 13-9. Johnston had a 6-0 run to help seal the contest.

“Johnston is a well-oiled machine,” Burrell said. “They make plays and come at you hard.”

Again, Johnston used a huge spurt to turn back the Dodgers and cap the sweep. The Dragons held a 14-11 advantage in game three, then closed out the triumph with an 11-2 run.

Sophomore Kacee Gollob led the Dodgers with five kills. Junior Beth Murman added four.

Senior Hannah Amhof was 9-for-9 serving with one ace.

Junior Josie Shirbroun had 13 digs and 13 assists. Amhof had seven digs.

The Fort Dodge junior varsity squad won, 25-20 and 29-27. The Dodger sophomore team fell, 25-19 and 25-20.

The freshman A team, lost 27-25 and 25-21. The B squad came up short, 25-15 and 25-20.

Fort Dodge is back in action on Saturday at the Woodward-Granger Invitational.

Action in the tournament begins at 10 a.m.