By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
It was a 5-0 run for the Lady Longhorn volleyball team after beating a pair of neighboring schools and winning Saturday’s McCook Tournament.
Last week’s wins, coming over a five-day span, upped Chase County’s season record to 9-1, as it moves into another busy week of competition.
All of their wins so far this season have been sweeps. They haven’t lost a single set in their nine winning matches.
Their only loss this season was to Class B Holdrege at the Lexington Tournament opening week.
“I’ve been really pleased with the girls on not just the varsity team, but JV and C, too,” said Coach Jodie Schuller.
“Now, we just keep moving forward,” she added.
It’s another full week for Chase County, with two triangulars and a Saturday tournament in less than a week.
After traveling to Class B Sidney Tuesday, the Lady ‘Horns are back at home tonight (Thursday) for a triangular with Dundy Co./Stratton (1-7) and St. Francis, Kan (record unknown).
Here is the varsity and JV order of matches for Thursday starting at 4 p.m. in both gyms. There is no C team division. Varsity teams will be in the Longhorn gym, while the JV division is in the Shorthorn gym.
St. Francis vs. Dundy County Stratton.
Chase County vs. St. Francis.
Chase County vs. Dundy County.
This Saturday, the varsity team travels to Sutherland for an eight-team tournament. The tournament was not to be seeded until Wednesday this week, but the first matches of the day are set for 10 and 11 a.m. CT.
On Tuesday, Sept. 30, it’s another home triangular as the Lady Longhorns host Gothenburg (6-5) and Perkins County (0-11) and has both varsity and JV divisions. Matches are set to start at 5 p.m., but the schedule was not determined as this issue went to press.
Big wins at McCook tourney
Chase County toppled Cambridge in the championship match at Saturday’s McCook Tournament, advancing after pool play wins over Decatur County, Kan., and McCook.
In the opener Saturday vs. Decatur County, Chase County took the match in two, 25-16 and 25-16.
Coach Schuller said her team started slowly, and had too many serving errors (7). However, they “picked it up” and pulled out the win, she said.
At the line, Chase County finished 40-47 (85 percent), including four aces.
Taylin McNair was credited with 17 set assists, while Makenna Ketter and Cheyanne Kuhlmann each had 15 digs.
Offensively, the team tallied 20 kills, led by Ketter’s seven and Paige Spady’s five.
Against McCook, the Lady ‘Horns took the match with 25-10 and 25-18 scores, which solidified their appearance in the championship match.
Coach Schuller said her team stepped up their game against an improved McCook team.
They again chalked up 20 kills and a .314 hitting efficiency against the Lady Bison. Ketter put down nine kills, while Spady added five.
At the line, Chase County served 89 percent (44-49) with eight kills, led by Ketter’s five. McNair added 18 set assists, while Kuhlmann and Ketter led the defense with 19 and 14 digs, respectively.
It was a close championship match, but Chase County beat Cambridge in two, 25-23 and 25-21.
The Lady ‘Horns put up 23 kills against Cambridge, finishing with a .157 hitting efficiency. Ketter led the offense with 14 kills.
Schuller said Kuhlmann had a great game against Cambridge on defense with 24 digs. Ketter picked up 17 and Mindy Castle, 16 digs, while McNair contributed 19 set assists.
They still missed more serves than Schuller likes, eight, and finished with an 83 percent serving performance (41-49). Ketter had half the team’s six aces.
Chase County faced two of its neighbors in separate single matches last week.
Holyoke, Colo., was in town for the Chase County home opener Sept.16. Two days later, Chase County went on the road to Wauneta/Palisade.
The Lady ‘Horns won in three straight over Holyoke, 25-13, 25-14 and 25-16.
The Holyoke match was their best showing for the week on number of kills with 25, but added to 15 errors at the net, it dropped the hitting efficiency to .135.
Ketter led the team with 13 kills, and also had two of the team’s seven ace serves. Spady also had a pair of aces. Overall at the line, Chase County’s serving was 68-72 (94 percent).
Defensively, Kuhlmann had 24 digs and Ketter, 14. McNair contributed with 21 set assists.
Wauneta-Palisade, ranked in the Class D2 Top 10 last week by the Omaha World-Herald, suffered just their second loss of the season at the hands of Chase County.
They went down in three straight, 25-15, 25-23 and 25-19.
Chase County’s win in the second game came after trailing late in the contest.
“They really pulled together and played well to win it,” Schuller said.
“Wauneta has some good hitters, but we were able to get it done,” she added.
That was despite 13 service errors, far more than Schuller likes to see. That dropped Chase County’s serving percentage to 82 percent (62-75).
Six ace serves helped, two from Ketter and two from Kuhlmann. McNair was credited with 25 set assists. Kuhlmann led the team in digs with 36.
On offense, Ketter tallied 14 of the team’s 32 kills. With 12 errors at the net, Chase County finished with a .235 hitting efficiency.