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Lady Longhorns can’t get by tough St. Pat’s team PDF Print E-mail

Sub-district loss ends

‘09 season at 14-17

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Chase County just couldn’t come up with a defense against a tough North Platte St. Pat’s team Monday night.
After breezing through with an easy win over Sutherland in their first C2-11 sub-district match, Chase County then faced St. Pat’s in the semi-finals, but couldn’t overcome a dominant Lady Irish squad, heavily laden with seniors.
Chase County lost in three straight sets, 10-25, 20-25 and 6-25.
“We didn’t win the serve receive battle and our hitting was in the negative,” Coach Jodie Schuller said Tuesday.
Passing and setting were hampered by a strong hitting St. Pat’s squad, which tallied 28 kills to 16 for the Lady Longhorns Monday.
Leading the attack for Chase County was Alexis Tropf with five kills. Shayla Dinnel added four.
And, Chase County fumbled a bit at the serving line, missing seven (30 of 37) for 81 percent. Top scorers for the Lady Longhorns were Shannon Liewer with 11 points. Chantal Heathers scored 10, including the team’s only two aces.
After staying with St. Pat’s early in the first game and tying it at 5-5, the Lady Irish went on an eight-point run and led 13-5, making it difficult for Chase County to recover.
In game two, the score was tied eight times before Chase County started pulling away. Tied 9-9, the Lady Longhorns scored six unanswered to go up 15-9, then led 20-15.
But, St. Pat’s went on a 10-point run after that, scoring four kills and taking advantage of some Chase County mistakes to win the game and match.
In the third game, Chase County couldn’t get going, trailing 9-0 before putting a point on the board. Then St. Pat’s pulled further away, 20-2, before winning the game.
“St. Pat’s was just the better team Monday night. They’re a good team,” Schuller said.
She believes the Lady Irish, who were 22-4 after Monday’s action, will do well as they continued play Wednesday night in the sub-district finals match against Perkins County.
The winner of that match will meet the Bridgeport/Morrill winner in the district finals on Friday.
The district winner earns a ticket to the state tournament, Nov. 12-14 in Lincoln.
Easy win over Sutherland
It was a third victory for Chase County over Sutherland in the earlier sub-district game Monday.
Chase County won in three, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-11.
Coach Schuller made some switches in the lineup for the Sutherland match Monday. Maria Ramos played libero, Tropf and Dinnel were moved to middle hitters and Dee Dee Pursley was at the opposite hitter spot.
“I was pleased with how we did. Beating someone three times isn’t easy, and they got it done with a new lineup,” she said.
Schuller said that’s what they wanted—another shot at St. Pat’s in the later game that night.
While it wasn’t up where she likes the hitting, Chase County did finish the Sutherland match with a .165 hitting efficiency, compared to .044 for Sutherland.
The Lady Longhorns had 28 kills led by Dinnel, who scored seven. Recording five kills each were Heathers, Pursley and Tropf.
At the serving line, the team was 66 of 71 for 93 percent.
Paula Leibbrandt had 17 points. Others in double figures were Liewer with 13 and Dinnel, 10. Ramos also scored nine and had two aces.
A season wrap-up will be included in next week’s issue.