By Daneta Turnbull
Last Tuesday and Thursday nights found the Lady Mustangs on the road for a Triangular in Hemingford with Gordon-Rushville, Hemingford and Kimball and then to Chadron for a Triangular with Chadron, Gering and Gordon-Rushville.
At the Hemingford Triangular the first match of the evening featured Hemingford and Kimball, with Kimball defeating the Lady Bobcats in 2. Gordon-Rushville started their evening facing off with a Kimball team that is much improved from the last few years. In Set 1 the Lady Mustangs were in the lead most of the time until it was tied at 16–16. Lack of focus and 4 missed serves at very critical times, found the Kimball Longhorns taking control and finishing the game on top by beating the Lady Mustangs 21-25. Cirsten Hinn Lead the ladies with 6 serving points. In Set 2 the Mustangs just could never get things going. They trailed the entire set and came up on the very short end with a score of 10-25. Brandi Roth did have 2 ace serves in set 2 and as a team, serving was better, having only 1 missed serve. The offense was sluggish, with all aspects of it not featuring the true abilities of these young ladies. Stats for this game will be furnished next week.
The 2nd game of the night featured the Lady Mustangs and the Hemingford Bobcats. This was Homecoming week at Hemingford so the student body was really ready to rock and roll as they cheered on their Lady Bobcats. Set 1 was a back and forth effort until a tie at 15-15 when the Bobcats took the lead and while the Lady Mustangs fought hard to regain control they came up on the losing end of a score of 23-25. In Set 2 the Bobcats lead 6 to 4 when Brittany Hoagland stepped up to serve and 9 serves later, with the help of some good passing, setting and attacking, the Mustangs led 13 to 6. As stated it was Homecoming week and the Lady Bobcats were not going to go down without a fight and gave it their best. They were able to keep a win in their sights, but the Lady Mustangs were not going to let this set slip out of their hands, winning set 2 with a score of 25-22. In set 2, with some nice passing and some tough digs by Cirsten Hinn and Hali Sahr, good sets from Denie Jacobson and Morgan Sones, and some strong hits from Sara Marlatt and Dani Campbell, the Mustangs had great momentum going into set 3.
Set 3 did indeed belong to the Lady Mustangs from the first serve. With only 1 missed serve during the set, an ace serve by Brittany Hoagland and 2 aces by Denie Jacobson, and Brandi Roth serving for 6 straight points, the Mustangs won set 3 with a score of 25-15. Stats for this game will be furnished next week.
Thursday night found the JV and Varsity teams traveling to Chadron for the Triangular with Gering and Chadron. This is always a tough, tough triangular, regardless of which site it is played at, and Thursday night was no different. In the opening match of the evening Chadron downed Gering in 2 sets. Next up, Gering and Gordon-Rushville. The Lady Mustangs struggled, especially with serving, during their sets against Gering. Missed serves are nothing but free points for the other team and create big momentum swings and the Lady Mustangs gave the Bulldogs 5 freebie points in set 1. Once again the Lady Mustangs showed that they may be down but they will never quit. At one point Gering held a 23-14 lead, but the Mustangs fought back before Gering was able to put the set away with a score of 25-20. In set 2 the Lady Mustangs took the lead at the start and maintained their lead until the score was 17-15 in favor of the Gordon-Rushville ladies. 3 straight missed serves turned the control over to the Gering Bulldogs and they went on to take the set 25-20. In volleyball you have to have the serve to give your team a chance and 9 missed serves against Gering for the evening certainly proved costly.
The second game of the evening for the Lady Mustangs was against the Chadron Cardinals. The Chadron ladies are a very strong and talented volleyball team this year and the Lady Mustangs knew up front that they would have to focus and work hard. In set 1 the Cardinals took control from the first serve. This was not a pretty game for the Lady Mustangs as they served for only 3 of their 13 points, the rest coming from side outs. The Chadron Cardinals won this set 25-13. In set 2 the Lady Mustangs showed more of what they are capable of doing. They had no missed serves in this set. Brandi Roth served for 7 points, 1 of which was an ace. While Chadron did win this set by a score of 25-20, the Mustangs need to be proud of scoring 20 points against this talented team. Chadron came into the Gordon-Rushville match with a record of 5-0, having lost only 1 set, and holding most of their opponents to fewer points than the 20 that Gordon-Rushville scored against them. Stats for the Gering and Chadron games will be provided next week.
While the Varsity squad was playing in the high school gym, the JV team was playing in the middle school gym. The JV Mustangs also faced the Gering Bulldogs and Chadron Cardinals and they too came up short in their quest for a victory.
The Lady Mustangs will face the Crawford Rams tomorrow night, Thursday, in the Gordon-Rushville gym. This will feature games for the C squad, the JV squad and the Varsity. This Homecoming Week Volleyball action will get started at 5:00 p.m. and will also be parent’s night. Come out and support your Lady Mustang volleyball team.
By Daneta Turnbull