By Daneta Turnbull
The Twin City Invite is always a tough, tough 12 team tournament, but it gives Gordon-Rushville an opportunity to see new and different teams and to play 6 games against some strong competition. The Lady Mustangs and the Ogallala Indians were the only Nebraska Class C teams at the tournament so that tells you the size of schools that they play against.
On Friday the Mustangs traveled to the gym in Gering where they first met up with the number 1 seeded team in the tournament, Sidney. Sidney has good height and strong hitters and they sat the Mustangs on their heels right off the bat by winning set 1 quickly with a score of 25-4. After that ‘not so fun’ first set the Mustangs battled back in set 2, coming up short and losing to Sidney 25-18.
In their second match of the evening the Mustangs meet up with the number 5 tournament seeded team, the Alliance Bulldogs. The Mustangs left the floor knowing they probably could have played this game a little better than they did and at least made the scores closer than they were. Alliance defeated Gordon 25-18 and 25-13.
The 3rd game on Friday had the Lady Mustangs facing off with the Gering Bulldogs, the only team in the tournament that the Mustangs had seen in action this year. The Gering Bulldogs and Lady Mustangs are very evenly matched and both sets were closely played. Set 1 was won by Gering 25-18 and the Lady Mustangs would agree that serving errors at critical times cost them the loss of the 2nd set by a score of 25-23.
Saturday competition found the Mustangs playing in the beautiful facilities at the Scottsbluff Middle School. First up for the Mustangs were the ladies from Cheyenne South out of Cheyenne, Wyoming. This was one of the few 3 set matches in the entire tournament. Cheyenne South took set 1 25-20. Set 2 displayed a strong hitting exhibition on the part of the Mustangs, but hitting can’t take place if you don’t have all the other components of serving, passing and setting in place. This set was one of those nail biters, going to 29-27 in favor of the Mustangs. In set 3 the Mustangs controlled things most of the way, winning 25-21.
Game 2 on Saturday had the Mustangs playing Lexington. The momentum and strong play from the game against Cheyenne South carried right on into this game and the Lady Mustangs dominated throughout the 2 sets, winning 25-14 and 25-9.
Hometown Scottsbluff was the opponent for the Mustangs in game 3. The Gordon-Rushville ladies played well throughout both sets, but in the end Scottsbluff had the upper hand, winning with scores of 25-19 and 25-21.
The Mustangs left the tournament having won 2 and losing 4 but having gained some great playing experience against some good and different opponents. They will grow and be better for having competed in this tough tournament.