By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Chase County did not have a senior on its varsity volleyball starting line-up this season.
That bodes well for 2011, when all of them are expected back, said CCS Coach Jodie Schuller this week.
Looking back on the year, which ended for Chase County in last week’s sub-district tournament first round, Coach Schuller said her team did some good things this season, had a lot of opportunities and took advantage of them.
“Late in the season, we were doing some good things. We had a lot of matches that went five,” she said.
Schuller said, at the start of the season, she wasn’t certain how it would turn out.
While she would have liked to see more wins in their final 15-13 record, she was pleased with how the team progressed.
“Overall, it was a good year,” she said.
In looking back, she believes her team’s win at Wray, Colo., was likely Chase County’s best match of the season. It went the full five, with Chase County pulling out a 18-16 win in the fifth game.
She also said they had great matches against Holdrege, Southwest (at the McCook tourney), Hershey (two, 5-game matches), Perkins County (at the Gothenburg triangular) and Chase County’s subdistrict match against St. Pat’s.
Schuller said she will be stressing serving and passing next season, areas in which she believes her team could do better.
“Serving and passing are just huge parts of the game,” she said.
“I’d also like to see someone break the school record on ace serves,” she said.
“There is potential to do that.”
Strong hitting at the left, right and middle is also a goal for next year. “I want to see the whole package of hitters,” she said.
It appeared Chase County would be helped with three seniors on the team this year, but finished with just one, Jackie Smith.
A four-year Lady Longhorn player, she was limited to some serving in a few varsity games this season, Schuller said.
“She did some great things. She was at every practice and stuck with us. She’s definitely our unsung hero,” Schuller said.
Carolina Ramos had planned to be on the team, but injured a knee during the summer. She also stayed with the team as manager/stats keeper.
Rebecca Martin rounded out the senior members on the team. She started the year out strong, playing some back row defense, but became ill with a month left in the season and could not finish, Schuller said.
Schuller said all three seniors were contributors this year.
One record set
One team record was set during the 2010-11 season for “most good spikes.”
Chase County tallied 2,709 good spikes this season, breaking last year’s record of 2,677.
Schuller would like to see the record for kills broken soon. This year, the Lady Longhorns compiled 780 kills. The school record stands at 942.
Leading the team for individual kills was Shannon Liewer with 309. Shayla Dinnel tallied 199, while Chantal Heathers had 164. All three are juniors.
Individually, Liewer finished with a hitting efficiency of .200. However, teamwise, the Lady Longhorns were at .140 for the season.
Liewer was also the team’s ace serve leader with 55. Heathers and Alexa Bernhardt finished with 28 each.
As a team, Chase County served 91% on average in their 28 matches. Topping the team was Kate Engbrecht, who came off the bench to serve regularly, with 95%. Others over the 90% mark were Dinnel, Bernhardt, Liewer and Anna Bauerle.
In addition to the return of all the team’s starters next year, Schuller said there is also some talent coming up from the junior high.
Chase County’s “C” team this season finished with a 5-0 record, while the JVs were 12-10.
The team will celebrate the season with a pizza supper next Thursday, Nov. 18.