By Daneta Turnbull
If it’s Willow Tree weekend in Gordon, then it must be Lady Mustang home tournament time. Saturday, September 8, found a lot of volleyball being played at the Gordon-Rushville high school and middle school gyms. While Varsity action took place in the High School gym, JV action was taking place in the Middle School gym in Rushville. Those teams in attendance were: Bridgeport, Crawford, Gordon-Rushville, Hay Springs, Hemingford, Kimball and Mitchell.
The first game of the morning was played at 8:00 a.m., and was between Gordon-Rushville and Hay Springs. In set 1 the Mustangs were in control from the beginning. Strong serving, backed up by good defense and offensive play and 7 consecutive serves by Cirsten Hinn gave the Mustangs a 21-13 lead. Hay Springs hung in there and fought back to a final score of 25-17. Gordon-Rushville went on to win the second set 25-18. Coach Campbell had this to say about the Hay Springs game, “We did a good job of serving aggressively and only missed 4 serves as a team. Serve receive was strong once we got going.”
Some unofficial stats for the Hay Springs game: blocks- Hoagland 1, Marlatt 1, Roth and Campbell 2 each; digs: Hoagland 1, Marlatt 3, Jacobson 2, Roth 2, Hinn 4, Sahr 3, ace serves: Sones 1, Hoagland 2, Marlatt 2, Jacobson 1, Roth 4, Hinn 3. The team serve total was 45/49. Assists and kills stats were incorrectly kept so those stats are unavailable until Coach Campbell has a chance to watch game film and redo the stats.
Next up for the Mustangs were the Bridgeport Lady Bulldogs. The Mustangs struggled with almost every aspect of the game throughout this match. “This was just flat rough,” said Coach Campbell. “We were out of sync and out of system almost the whole game! Even in the first set, which was close, we were out of system the majority of it! Obviously to win a game you have to make fewer errors than our opponents and we just kept shooting our own foot. Too many missed serves, 9 total. We know we can do way better than this. We just have to regroup and be ready for our next opponent.”
The Mustangs lost to Bridgeport with scores of 23-25 and 16-25. Unofficial stats for the Bridgeport game: assists: Sones 3, Jacobson 7; kills: Sones 2, Marlatt 4, Roth 2, Campbell 2; digs: Sones 2, Marlatt 6, Jacobson 2, Sahr1; ace serves: Sones 1, Marlatt 2, Roth 1, Hinn 1 (team total 25/34); block: Hoagland 1, Marlatt 1, Campbell 1.
The final game of the day for the Mustangs found them playing the Mitchell Tigers for 3rd place in the tournament. Whenever Gordon-Rushville and Mitchell face off you can count on seeing some good volleyball. Both teams always seem to bring out the best in the other team. Coach Campbell commented, “This was a much better performance than the Bridgeport game was. We almost had them in set 1. Set 2 we made a lot fewer ball handling errors and our serve receive looked solid. Set 3 we had a terribly slow start and dug ourselves a big hole. The girls showed that this team has a “do not quit” attitude, because they fought back hard and pulled themselves back into the game. I am very proud of them for that! We served aggressively and had a lot fewer errors. Brittany Hoagland had 9 ace serves in this game.”
The Mustangs fell to Mitchell in three sets with scores of 25-27, 25-19 and 21-25, giving them 4th place in the tournament. Unofficial stats for this game are as follows: assists: Sones 10, Jacobson 16; kills: Sones 1, Jacobson 1, Hoagland 2, Marlatt 14, Roth 10, Campbell 2; blocks: Marlatt 2, Roth 2, Campbell 2; digs: Sones 4, Hoagland 3, Marlatt 10, Jacobson 2, Roth 7, Hinn 16; ace serves: Hoagland 9, Jacobson 1.
In other varsity game action during the day Bridgeport defeated Crawford 25-5 and 25-14, Kimball defeated Hemingford 25-20 and 25-7, Hay Springs defeated Crawford 25-22 and 25-23, Hemingford defeated Hay Springs 25-22 and 25-15, Kimball defeated Mitchell 25-22 and 25-18, Hemingford defeated Crawford 25-18, 23-25 and 25-14. In the Championship game Kimball defeated Bridgeport 25-10 and 25-18. In JV action the Lady Mustangs finished 4th and the JV portion of the tournament was won by Mitchell.
This week will find the Mustang varsity participating in a triangular in Hemingford with Hemingford and Kimball on Tuesday night, and on Thursday night the JV and Varsity will be at Chadron, where they will be facing off in a Triangular with Chadron and Gering.
By Daneta Turnbull