By Daneta Turnbull
With a pass, a set and a spike the 2012 Lady Mustang volleyball season finally got off and going. The Mustangs opened their season at home on Thursday evening by hosting Bayard. Originally they were to have opened the season with a game in Chadron on August 30, but due to the fires that game was postponed until September 25.
The Thursday night games against Bayard played out victoriously for all 3 Lady Mustang teams. The C team started things off with a win with scores of 25-15, 16-25 and 25-20. The JV team then took the court and continued the evening success with scores of 25-19, 14-25 and then finished their night with a bold statement in a final set score of 25-9.
Next up, the Varsity. In the first set the Lady Mustangs showed first set of the year jitters as they fell to Bayard 17-25. Once that first set was over, the Mustangs play picked up. In the second set the offense played more aggressively, allowing Brittany Hoagland to serve 5 straight points, giving the Mustangs a 9-1 lead. With some good passing by Cirsten Hinn and Hali Sahr, some nice sets by Morgan Sones and Denie Jacobson and some strong hitting by Sara Marlatt and Brandi Roth, the Mustangs won set 2 by a score of 25-19.
In set 3 the Mustangs continued their aggressive offense. Serving was strong in the 3rd set as well, as Morgan Sones and Denie Jacobson both rolled off consecutive points each. Sara Marlatt, Dani Campbell, Brittany Hoagland and Brandi Roth added some strong net play as the Mustangs won this set 25-17.
Set 4 was a see-saw battle back and forth with numerous score ties and lead changes. This set found the Lady Mustangs coming up short, losing to Bayard 21-25.
The 5th set of a match is always nerve racking because everyone knows you only go to 15 and it is important to get out to a strong start and take control. Through the first 3 servers the game was tied at 6-6, then Denie Jacobson stepped up to serve, and backed up by some strong offense, she gave the Mustangs a 10-6 lead. The ladies went on to win the final set 15-8.
In a close match like this one there are always some strong contributors to the 6 players on the floor and that extra help was definitely given to the Lady Mustangs by their fellow teammates on the bench, and a Super Energetic student body. That extra enthusiasm was a big, big, energizer for the girls. Most of the girls on the floor don’t have a lot of varsity experience, so they will get stronger as the year progresses. Brandi Roth is still getting in game shape, as she missed most of last year with a knee injury. Sara Marlatt, Brittany Hoagland, Morgan Sones and Cirsten Hinn return with the most playing time experience from last year.
The next action for the Mustangs will be a triangular Thursday, September 13, in Chadron with Chadron and Gering.
By Daneta Turnbull