By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Reviewing the just completed 2012 volleyball season, Coach Jodie Schuller said the team can be proud of how they battled and fought hard in every match.
While the 15-14 record was down from last year’s 19-9 finish, Schuller credited the Lady Longhorns for playing hard against a lot of tough teams.
“What I liked about them all was they battled and fought hard,” she said.
Eight of the season’s 14 losses went to schools that qualified for state last week.
It was also a lot of traveling this season, as well, with only five home appearances including being host to the SPVA Conference tournament.
“We had a lot of young girls out there, too,” Schuller added.
They gained a lot of experience this season, which bodes well for next year, she added.
As a matter of fact, two sophomore starters led the team in kills this season—MaKenna Ketter with 240 and Paige Spady, who tallied 222.
“Those are big numbers,” Schuller said.
As a team, the Lady Longhorns finished 2012 with a hitting efficiency of .177, slightly under Schuller’s target of .200.
At the serving line, the team finished with a 93 percent success, led by Kaycee Bubak with 40 aces and Bethany Sorensen not far behind with 35.
Of the starters, Bubak, Sorensen and Spady had the best individual percentages from the line.
Defensively, Morgan Fisher and Jussel tallied 497 and 403 digs to lead the team. Schuller said Emma Bauerle did a nice job this year on defense, too, as a back row specialist.
Sorensen, who has been the team’s setter for three years, had another good year at that position, Schuller said, with 686 set assists.
Sorensen will be one of three seniors who will leave the team this year, along with Morgan Fisher and Kayla Brown.
Schuller said Sorensen, a four-year player, come a long way in her development as the team’s setter, worked hard and showed great improvement.
Fisher, who was the team’s libero this season as well as last year, contributed strongly to the team’s defense as she led in digs. She also played four years.
Brown, a three-year member of the team who didn’t play last season, was a strong contributor from the bench, Schuller said, and helped the coaches in a lot of other areas including statskeeping.
“We lose some key seniors as we always do,” Schuller said.
But, she has high hopes for the returners next year who’ll come back with a lot of good experience.
One hole they will have to fill will be that of a setter to replace Sorensen.
“That will be our biggest need,” Schuller said.
Chase County’s JV team finished with a 15-1 record while the C team ended at 8-3.
One record broken
One career record was set this season by Sorensen, Schuller noted, for career assists.
During her 2009-12 high school career, Sorensen had 2,116 assists as a setter. The old career record was held by Amanda Poppe with 1,276 assists during 2001-04.