Lady Longhorns are No. 3 seed in annual conference battle
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Next week’s SPVA Conference volleyball tournament on Oct. 17 and 19 has Chase County in the No. 3 spot.
The Lady Longhorns’ NSAA point standing, which is used in the tournament seeding, has them less than a point and a half behind top-seeded North Platte St. Pat’s and even closer to No. 2 Hershey.
That indicates another great battle between the SPVA teams, which this year includes Kimball, who joined the conference last year.
North Platte St. Pat’s is hosting this year’s tourney.
Kimball, with a 6-9 record this week, will be the first opponent for 14-6 Chase County in the tournament next Thursday at 5 p.m. MT.
Prior to next week’s tournament, Chase County will be in Grant tonight (Thursday) for JV and varsity matches starting at 5:30 p.m.
Chase County will then have a week off before the SPVA tournament starts.
In action last week, the Lady Longhorns went 3-1 in a pair of triangulars in Gothenburg Oct. 1 and Maxwell last Thursday.
Gothenburg, Perkins Co.
Chase County split matches in the Gothenburg triangular, beating Perkins County but losing to Gothenburg. Both matches were won in two games.
Gothenburg, now 15-3, is on a nine-match winning streak.
However, according to Coach Jodie Schuller, Chase County hurt themselves in the match last week, making too many unforced errors and mistakes.
Gothenburg took the win, 24-26 and 13-25.
At the net, Chase County had 14 kills, but with them came 15 errors, giving the team a minus .016 hitting efficiency.
MaKenna Ketter led the team at the net with six kills, while another four were scored by Kaycee Bubak.
The Lady Swedes had 16 kills, 11 errors and a hitting efficiency of .125.
Chase County missed three serves (30-33) for 91 percent. Bubak had all three of their ace serves.
“We can beat Gothenburg,” Schuller said, “but we can’t have errors.”
Gothenburg is in the same C1-11 sub-district tournament as Chase County, so they may likely meet up again next month.
Chase County dominated the serving game against Perkins County, winning easily in two, 25-7 and 25-6.
The Lady Longhorns had a season-record of 20 ace serves against Perkins County, 10 of them from Bubak. Page Spady also had six aces.
From the line as a team, they were 96 percent (47-49).
Chase County also had one of its better nights on offense with a hitting efficiency of .406 coming on 14 kills and just one error.
Leading the kill stats were Kristen Jussel and Makala Bartels with four each.
The Lady Plainsmen, now 2-15 on the season, finished with a hitting efficiency of minus .037 on seven kills and eight errors.
Chase County picked up two wins at the triangular in Maxwell last Thursday.
Against 10-8 Maxwell, Chase county won in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-8.
Coach Schuller said her team had a slow start in the match, “but got it done.”
Serving was again a big plus for the Lady Longhorns with just two missed serves (47-49) and 11 aces, led again by Bubak with four of them.
She would have liked to see more kills in the stats, but said the team made up for it in defense. Chase County finished with a .208 hitting efficiency coming on 14 kills and three errors.
Jussel and Ketter each had four kills in the match.
Shelby Jaeger led the defense with 19 digs.
Maxwell also put down 14 kills, but had 12 errors for a .034 hitting efficiency.
After a close first game, 26-24, Chase County clinched the match with Sutherland in a second game win, 25-15.
Sutherland has a 6-14 record this week.
The Lady Longhorns had more than double the kills compared to their earlier match, finishing with 32 total against the Lady Sailors. Adding in the five errors, they finished at a .386 hitting efficiency.
Leaders on offense were Ketter with 11 kills and Jussel with eight.
Sutherland had 21 kills, seven errors and a .250 hitting efficiency.
At the serving line, Chase County was 91 percent (45-49). Bubak and Jussel each had two aces among the team’s six ace total.
Jaeger had 17 digs and Jussel was credited with 14.