Alexis Richmond makes a great save in the Haxtun, Colorado match last Thursday, picking up one of the five digs she was credited with in the Chase County varsity win. (Johnson Publications photo)

Madison Schuller (20) sends the ball across in action at Haxtun last week as a Lady Bulldog defender goes up to block. (Johnson Publications photo)

Volleyball varsity stands 3-1 after opening week’s action

    Coach Jodie Schuller liked what she saw in her varsity volleyball team as it opened its 2018-19 season last week.
    They didn’t lose a game in their first three matches against Haxtun, Colorado; Lexington and Holdrege, then finished with the runner-up title at the Lexington tournament.
    Schuller said she was most impressed with her team’s passing at the Haxtun opener last Thursday and in two of the three tournament games Saturday.
    “Overall, I was very pleased with how they played in the first four matches,” she said.
    The Lady Longhorns held a 3-1 record as they traveled to Yuma, Colorado on Tuesday this week, where they faced the 2017 state runner-up team.
    The Lady Longhorns will be idle until Tuesday next week, when they host Sedgwick County, Colorado for Chase County’s home opener. The Sept. 11 matches start at 4 p.m. with the C games, followed by JV and varsity.
    Sedgwick County is a new team on the Chase County schedule. They replace Holyoke, Colorado.
Haxtun match
    Chase County made a statement last Thursday, sweeping host Haxtun in three straight, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-17.
    After coming from behind in the first game to win it, Haxtun lost a bit of their edge in the next two games.
    “We did a nice job coming from behind once we got our nerves out,” Schuller said.
    Team passing was excellent, she said, but the coach saw the need for more work on its net blocking and defense, as well as stronger hitting.
    The Lady Longhorns put up 19 kills in the match, as the team finished with a .076 hitting efficiency. Adelaide Maxwell led the offense with six of those kills.
    Madison Schuller was credited with 14 set assists.
    At the serving line, Chase County was 90 percent (62-69) with four ace serves.
    Defensively, libero Sophie Spady picked up 32 of the team’s 76 digs in the match.
Lexington tournament

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