Record reaches 12-8 with SPVA next week
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Chase County got a look at several of the SPVA conference teams at a pair of triangulars last week, where the Lady Longhorns split 2-2.
Three of the four teams they played last Tuesday and Thursday represented half of the SPVA teams who’ll be in Imperial next week for the conference tournament.
Coach Jodie Schuller and her 12-8 team got a look at undefeated St. Pat’s Tuesday this week, where they traveled for a triangular that also included Southwest.
St. Pat’s will likely be the favorite to win the SPVA tournament, but Schuller said it’s anyone’s game after that.
The Lady Longhorns have just one match tonight (Thursday) against Perkins County on the Chase County court before the SPVA tournament Oct. 11 and 13.
Tonight’s best-of-five matches start at 5:30 p.m. with the C games, followed by JV and varsity.
Perkins County’s varsity had a 4-13 record early this week.
Perkins Co., Gothenburg
At a triangular in Grant Sept. 25, Chase County’s varsity defeated Perkins County but lost the Gothenburg match.
It was over in two against Perkins County, but scores were close, 29-27 and 25-18.
Schuller said her team got off to a slow start, but then got going and played a nearly errorless game.
They had just two errors at the serving line, 51-53, for a 96 percent showing that included five aces, four from Kaycee Bubak.
It was one of Chase County’s best nights at the net with 25 kills on just four errors for a .488 hitting efficiency, led by Paige Spady with 10 kills and Bridget Langin with seven.
Schuller said the coaches are still trying to find the right combination at the net. She moved Langin, who had some good performances, into the middle hitting position the past week.
Perkins County had 19 kills and nine errors for a .263 hitting efficiency.
Chase County lost in three to 14-3 Gothenburg by scores of 25-22, 14-25 and 16-25.
Schuller said her team had a good start, but had difficulty against some strong hitters.
Chase County had 25 kills and 15 errors for a .134 hitting efficiency, as Gothenburg finished with a .365 hitting efficiency.
MaKenna Ketter had eight kills, Spady seven and Langin, five.
Missing just two serves in three games, Chase County was 96 percent on serves. Five aces were tallied, three from Emma Bauerle.
It was an easy win over Maxwell last Thursday, 25-14 and 25-6.
On offense, Ketter again led the hitters with six kills as the team finished with a .087 hitting efficiency, coming on 16 total kills and 10 errors.
Despite a less than average performance at the net, Schuller said they made up for it at the service line where they missed just one serve (33-34) and scored 11 aces.
Bethany Sorensen had four of the aces, while Bauerle added three. Sorensen also had 15 set assists.
Sutherland beat Chase County in three games, 18-25, 25-23 and 19-25.
Schuller said 12-5 Sutherland has improved this season with some powerful hitters.
On the other side, she said some of her hitters “weren’t putting it away” as they can do, finishing with a .181 hitting efficiency on 25 kills and 10 errors. Ketter and Langin led the team with eight and six kills, respectively.
Sutherland tallied 31 kills and 19 errors for a .158 hitting efficiency.
At the line, Chase County was 93 percent (60-64) and delivered three ace serves. Schuller said, unfortunately, some of those missed serves came at critical times when Chase County had some momentum.
Sorensen was credited with 24 set assists in the contest.
Schuller believes Sutherland is beatable, but her team will have to have its “A game” on next time.