By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
After meeting McCook Tuesday night in their final regular season match, Chase County’s varsity volleyball team is now looking ahead to the subdistrict tournament next week.
The C2-11 subdistrict tournament will be played in Hershey Monday and Tuesday next week. CCS is one of five teams in that subdistrict.
Brackets weren’t scheduled to be out until late Wednesday morning this week, but Chase County will likely be facing North Platte St. Pat’s in the No. 4/5 seed game at 4 p.m. MT Monday, Nov. 1.
The winner of that match will play the top-seed later Monday at 7 p.m. MT. Southwest is likely to gain the No. 1 seed.
Perkins County and Dundy County/Stratton, tentatively the No. 2 and 3 seeds, will meet in the other game Monday.
Seedings are based on the NSAA point system, which was updated Wednesday morning after Tuesday’s games.
However, until the NSAA posts the official tournament bracket, the anticipated matchups are only tentative as this issue went to press.
Lady Longhorn Coach Jodie Schuller said St. Pat’s is a good draw for her team, as the teams have gone 1-1 against each other this season.
The winner of the C2-11 subdistrict will advance to district final on Friday, Nov. 5, against the C2-12 subdistrict champion.
Teams in the C2-12 subdistrict, to be played in Gering, include Bayard, Bridgeport, Hemingford and Morrill.
Another battle with Hershey
Mirroring the SPVA tourney, Chase County had another five-game battle with Hershey on the road last Tuesday, sparked by some long volleys between two evenly matched teams.
But, Hershey came up as the winner again, 25-22, 16-25, 25-19, 24-26 and 10-15.
Coach Schuller said the difference came at the net, where Hershey tallied 53 kills to Chase County’s 32.
“We had two hitters in double figures, but we could’ve used a couple more up there to put them away,” Schuller said.
But, she said her team played well and fought hard during all five games.
A key turning point came in the fourth game as Chase County held a 2-1 edge in wins, with just one more win needed to take the match.
Two hitting errors back-to-back with Chase County holding a 21-20 lead “really killed our momentum,” Schuller said.
Now behind 21-22, the Lady Longhorns tied it again at 22-22. Hershey was able to finish with the win on an ace serve and kill, sending the match into the fifth game.
The fifth game, which goes only to 15 points, was tied seven times. At a 9-9 deadlock, Hershey scored on three straight kills to take a 12-9 lead.
A wayward Hershey serve put CCS just two behind, 10-12, but Hershey responded with two more kills and Chase County missed a kill attempt to give Hershey the 15-10 win.
“We knew we could have won that match,” Schuller said.
“That fourth game was ours, but errors just came at the wrong time,” she said.
Schuller said it was somewhat comforting when some of the Hershey fans told her they were glad they didn’t have to face her team again this season.
Chase County’s top two hitting leaders were Shannon Liewer with 13 and Shayla Dinnel with 11.
They finished with a hitting efficiency of .084 percent, while Hershey was at .098.
Schuller was glad to see improvement at the serving line compared to their last match with Hershey.
The Lady Longhorns had four aces with just seven errors. Four players were in double figures on scoring—Alexa Bernhardt 19, Liewer 18, Kate Engbrecht 18, Chantal Heathers 17 and Dinnel 15.
Liewer, Heathers and Dinnel led the team on defense with 81, 43 and 41 digs, respectively.