By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
It’s the post-season for high school volleyball and the Lady Longhorns are gearing up for next week’s C1-12 subdistrict tournament starting Monday in Alliance.
While the official bracket won’t be out until today (Thursday), Chase County appears to be the No. 3 seed behind top-seeded Ogallala and No. 2 Chadron.
After games Tuesday night, Ogallala will likely hold onto its No. 1 seed despite being idle this week. They were just over two-tenths of a point ahead of Chadron before Chadron’s final match Tuesday night.
Even with a win Tuesday, Chadron couldn’t catch Ogallala in the point standings, which determines the subdistrict tournament seeding.
That was the same in Chase County’s subdistrict standing. Their win over McCook Tuesday night did not affect their No. 3 position in points.
So it appears Chase County, 26-2, will go up against Chadron, 28-3, on Monday in the 5:30 p.m. match in Alliance.
A win on Monday will send Chase County to the subdistrict finals Tuesday night.
There may be a change in location for Tuesday’s championship match. If Alliance becomes the No. 1 seed for the B-6 district volleyball tournament, the C-12 champonship match will move to Scottsbluff Tuesday night, CCS Coach Jodie Schuller noted.
Schuller said her team’s focus will be on the first match Monday and their opponent from Chadron. Fans will see two teams with very similar records as they meet at the net.
While Chase County won its only match last week against Hershey, they dropped in the point standings from eighth to 10th on Monday. They were back up to No. 9 after Tuesday’s win over McCook.
That makes it even more important to win out at subdistricts next week, Schuller said. Ogallala was sitting No. 3 in the overall C-1 point standings, while Chadron was right behind at No. 4.
The winner of the C1-12 subdistrict will play the winner of the C1-11 subdistrict for a trip to the state tournament. In the C1-11, Ord at 23-5, will be the No. 1 seed, but sits below Chase County in overall point standings.
Win at Hershey in three
It was close in two of the three games played in the varsity match Oct. 21 in Hershey, but Chase County took the win 25-21, 26-24 and 25-14.
Coach Schuller said Hershey, playing their last match at home, was “up for the game,” while Chase County seemed to be a bit out of rhythm, she said.
That may be due to coming off the high emotion three days earlier when Chase County won the SPVA conference title.
“But, they got it done. I have to give the kids credit,” she said.
She credited both teams who combined for a great match of volleyball last Tuesday.
The Lady Longhorns was again bothered by missed serves, finishing 63-73 at the line for 86 percent. Mindy Castle had three of the team’s five aces.
In other stats, MaKenna Ketter collected 18 of the team’s 36 kills. Adding in eight team hitting errors, the Lady Longhorns finished with a .333 hitting efficiency.
In other stats, Taylin McNair had 24 set assists, while Cheyanne Kuhlmann led the team on defense with 12 digs.
While Hershey had 31 kills in the match, they also tallied 23 errors for a .087 hitting efficiency.
Chase County won two straight in the JV game, 25-22 and 25-13.
On serves, Chase County finished at 89 percent (44-49). Of the team’s 10 ace serves, Jadin Bussell was credited with five of them.
Kadyn Milner had eight set assists, while Molly Luhrs was credited with seven. Of the team’s 17 kills, Bridgette Odens had seven to lead the team.
A match win also went to Chase County in the C contest, 25-11, 23-25 and 25-17.
While they missed four serves and finished at 94 percent (70-74), Chase County racked up 18 ace serves, seven from Dawn Castle.
At the net, the Lady Longhorns finished with 24 kills, nine from Castle. Luhrs had 16 set assists.
A team of CCS freshman and sophomores took first place at Monday’s grade 9/10 tournament hosted by Southwest.
Four teams competed in the tournament.
Chase County defeated Southwest in the opener 25-3 and 25-10, then defeated Dundy County/Stratton in two, 25-22 and 25-20, for the championship.