By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
It was awesome.
Those were the words from Chase County Coach Jodie Schuller as she talked about last week’s win over SPVA conference rival Hershey.
The Lady Longhorn match victory, which took the full five games, came during the final home appearance of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 20. It was also Parents Night for the volleyball team.
“It was so much fun. For our seniors, it was a great way to have their last home game,” Schuller said.
Chase County’s defeat of Hershey came just three days after the Lady Longhorns’ loss to them in the SPVA tournament consolation finals.
However, CCS was plagued with sickness at the tournament. All of the starters were back at nearly 100% for last week’s match.
Scores in last week’s win were 10-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 and 15-9.
Schuller said her team’s serving and hitting against the Lady Panthers were the difference-makers.
Even though Chase County had 11 service errors in 97 attempts (88 percent), Schuller said the 12 aces they scored were very effective.
Six of the ace serves came from Chantal Heathers, and Paula Leibbrandt didn’t miss a serve in the match, also scoring two aces.
And, four of Chase County’s hitters were in double figures, led by Shannon Liewer with 14.
Maria Ramos had 12, Shayla Dinnel, 11, and Karlee Kunnemann, nine, as the team tallied a total of 51 kills with just 18 errors.
What was key, Schuller added, was the kills came with fewer errors than they have been making.
“That’s what we have to do. We can’t hit the ball out” resulting in more errors, Schuller said.
Chase County’s .168 in hitting efficiency last week was one of their best in recent weeks.
Hershey wasn’t too far behind on number of kills with 47, but had 25 errors, for a hitting efficiency of .129.
Schuller said it also helped that they altered their defense to stop one of Hershey’s hitters who liked the line.
Five Lady Longhorns were in double figures at the serving line, led by Heathers with 18. Leibbrandt, Liewer and Ramos each had 17, while Kunnemann added 12 points.
With last week’s win, the Lady Longhorns finish the season 2-1 against Hershey, when adding in Chase County’s win at the season opening Lexington tournament.
Overall with just Tuesday’s McCook game left on the regular season schedule this week, the Lady Longhorns held a 13-15 record.
Subdistricts next week
Schuller is hoping last week’s performance against Hershey will carry over to next week’s C2-11 subdistrict tournament in McCook.
Seedings won’t be out until Thursday this week, but Chase County will play either at 5 or 6:30 p.m. CT Monday at McCook High School.
Schuller said it’s probable the Lady Longhorns will come up against Perkins County for a fourth time this season.
While Chase County is 0-3 against the Lady Plainsmen this season, Schuller said they are beatable.
Other teams in the C2-11 subdistrict include North Platte St. Pat’s, the likely top seed, Dundy County/Stratton and Sutherland.