Adelaide Maxwell, left, and Sophie Spady successfully block this hard-hit ball from Yuma, Colo., in action last week on the Chase County court. (Johnson Publications photo)

Madison Schuller sets the ball in action against Yuma, Colo., last week. Chase County lost the match to last year’s Colorado state runner-up team. (Johnson Publications photo)

Lady Longhorns fall to Yuma at home

    Chase County ran into a tough volleyball opponent when they hosted Yuma, Colo., last week, finding out why the Lady Indians were last year’s state runners-up in Colorado.
    While she didn’t make excuses for her team, Coach Jodie Schuller said Yuma, which lost just one senior to graduation, is a well-experienced, mature team.
    “I can see them winning the state championship in Colorado this year,” she said.
    Yuma won in straight sets, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-18.
    Schuller said her team’s passing in the match was a factor in the loss.
    “We just need to get better at passing. And when we do get a good pass and set, our hitters need to put it away,” she said.
    Overall, that didn’t come together for Chase County at the Sept. 5 match.
    Communication also needs to improve, Schuller said.
    “It was pretty quiet out there,” she said.
    The coaches continue to experiment with the lineup, Schuller said this week.
    “We are working to get it right,” she said.
    Against Yuma, Chase County finished with a hitting efficiency of .065 from 15 kills, 10 errors and 77 kill attempts in the match.
    Ragan Nickless led the team at the net with five kills. Madison Schuller and Mallie McNair had three each.
    At the line, Chase County served 47-54 (87 percent). Among the Chase County serves were three aces, one each from Peyton Fiedler, Adelaide Maxwell and Schuller.
    On defense, Chase County picked up 92 digs, led by Fiedler who had 24.
    Yuma remained undefeated at 5-0 after the weekend. The loss dropped Chase County’s record to 2-3.

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