Lady Longhorns place fifth in tourney, as
they were seeded
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
They finished where they were seeded—fifth, but Chase County certainly had it in their sights to place higher at last week’s SPVA volleyball tournament.
That didn’t happen, however, and Coach Jodie Schuller can point directly to the reason why—serving.
Her team missed 13 serves in its opening match last Thursday against Hershey. That five-game match loss sent them to the consolation bracket, where they came back to beat Maxwell later Thursday for a fifth place finish among six.
“You just can’t win with 13 missed serves,” Schuller said this week.
One bright spot in last Thursday’s play was Chase County’s defeat of Maxwell, in another five-game match. Maxwell had upended Chase County two weeks earlier in a triangular.
Third-seeded Perkins County, which hosted this year’s tournament, took the championship, beating Hershey in five games on Saturday.
Top-seeded North Platte St. Pat’s finished third, while No. 2 seed Sutherland was fourth.
It was five, evenly-matched games against Hershey last Thursday in the first match of the SPVA tournament.
Hershey took the win, 24-26, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19 and 8-15.
In the first game, Chase County jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Hershey kept chipping away at the lead, eventually tying the game 14-14. The score was knotted five more times at 16, 18, 19, 20 and 21, before Chase County took a 24-21 advantage.
But the Lady Longhorns could not score that one needed final point, as Hershey connected with 3 kills and some Chase County miscues late in the contest to pull out the 26-24 first game win.
The score was tied multiple times in the second game, too. Up 18-17, and not about to lose the lead again, Chase County scored 6 points unanswered, eventually winning 25-21.
The teams split the next two by the same 25-19 scores, sending the match into the final, 15-point fifth game.
However, Chase County could never get a lead in the fifth game, dropping behind 0-3 early. Hershey scored on multiple kills in the game, taking the fifth and final 15-8 win.
But, the glaring 13 missed serves stand out among the stats for Chase County, offset by just 5 aces.
Chase County had the edge on offense, though, with 40 kills on 16 errors, for a .129 hitting efficiency. Shannon Liewer recorded 19 kills, while Shayla Dinnel was also in double figures with 11.
Hershey had more total kills, 58, in the match, but they also logged more errors, 33, ending up with a lower .115 hitting efficiency.
Chase County had a good defensive night, led by Liewer with 56 digs, Chantal Heathers 47 and Dinnel 39.
Continuing to place emphasis on the importance of serving and serve receive to win matches, Schuller said that has been a major focus at practice since the tournament.
It was tough for her team to have to sit through another match, before playing in the fifth place consolation match, which also went the full five games.
But, Schuller gave credit to her team for coming out after a tough loss and beating Maxwell, who the Lady Longhorns had lost to earlier in regular season play.
“I was pleased they pulled out the win,” she said, after playing a combined 10 games in last Thursday’s two matches.
Scores against Maxwell were 12-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-25 and 15-11.
This time, Maxwell helped Chase County out, committing 17 missed serves, while the Lady Longhorns improved considerably with 9 aces and just 5 errors this time.
Maxwell had more total kills than Chase County, 45 to 42, and ended up with a slight advantage with a .184 hitting efficiency while Chase County tallied .182.
Two Lady Longhorns were again in double figures on kills as Liewer collected 16 and Dinnel, 10.
Defensively, Liewer had 78 digs, Heathers 48, Dinnel 28 and Katie Engbrecht 26.
Final regular season
game next Tuesday
After a rematch at Hershey Tuesday of this week, the Lady Longhorn varsity team has just one more regular season game on the schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
That game will be against McCook and is a home contest for Chase County. Being the home finale, it will also be Parents Night here.
Matches start at 4:30 p.m. with C action, followed by JV and varsity.
After McCook’s matches, the Chase County varsity will be getting ready for its subdistrict tourney Nov. 1-2 in Hershey. Other teams in the C2-11 subdistrict with Chase County are Dundy County/Stratton, North Platte St. Pat’s, Perkins County and Southwest.
This Saturday, Chase County is taking a freshman team to a tournament hosted by Dundy County/Stratton. Matches start in Benkelman at 9 a.m.
On Monday, Oct. 25, CCS will compete with a team in the grade 9-10 tournament hosted by Southwest. Matches in Bartley start at 3 p.m. MT. Two gyms will be used. Other teams in the tourney are Dundy County/Stratton and McCook.