The Gordon-Rushville Lady Mustangs volleyball team travelled to Chadron Monday night to take on the Chadron Lady Cardinals in the first round of sub-district play. Unfortunately the Mustangs were unable to come up with the win, falling in three straight sets 25-5, 25-9 and 25-10. “Tonight was a disappointing way to end our season,” stated coach Kim Turnbull-Campbell. “As a whole unit we just didn’t compete, we just didn’t work together and give the game we were capable of. I had a couple girls that did their very best to provide a spark and I commend them for that and take large notice of that. Volleyball is a game that is such a team sport, it takes a whole unit being ready to go, and being mentally focussed and determined.”
“We played some good ball last week against Bridgeport and Mitchell,” Campbell added. “You could really see how far we have come this season from the start. We had great practices Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and really seemed fired up and ready to go in the locker room before the game. I know Coach Lovell and I really had a good feeling about the girls being ready to play and compete, and then the whistle blew for first serve and its like the air went out of the balloon. Chadron (27-2) is a great team this year and they have a lot of experience out there, but I really felt like we would compete much better than we did. Just a bummer to end our season this way after seeing so much growth throughout the year.”
“On a positive note and putting aside tonight, we have to remember this is a very young group. They learned a ton this season and made some big strides. We saw some great things and had big bright spots which looks exciting for the future, and they really did grow as a team and improve throughout the season.”
“We say goodbye to just two seniors; Dani Campbell and Jacoby Trennepohl. Jacoby was injured shortly after the season started, so unfortunately, her injury side-lined her for the rest of the season, but she stuck with us, came to practice and helped out however she could. Dani was a trooper. We moved her out of a position she loved to put her in a position we thought we could better utilize her blocking skills and would benefit the team more and she did it with a great attitude and worked hard at it. We will miss them both next year,” Campbell said.
“We return the other ten that were on the varsity squad, so we will be returning girls with a lot of varsity experience and will be that much further ahead next season. If we continue to work on fundamental skills, get in the weight room, mental toughness, defensive play and continue to grow in the off-season as a team, this group will do fun things next year!”
The Lady Mustangs finish the season with a 8-19 record.