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    Kamrie Dillan attacks past a Hershey defender in Chase County subdistrict loss to Hershey. Dillan had 90 kills on the season.

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    Defensive specialist and libero Hope Brosius had a team high 31 aces and finished with a 92.5 serving percentage. The senior finished with 118 digs.

Chase County Lady Longhorns finish volleyball season 15-14

There were plenty of unknowns at the start of the 2020 Chase County volleyball season.
    A new coach. Players in new roles. Plus all the uncertainty surrounding COVID protocols and the possibility of canceled games.
    It showed early in the season.
    CCS went 1-8 to open the season. Seven of the matches were against Class B and C1 schools. The eighth was against undefeated and state-bound Maywood/Hayes Center. Broken Bow was also an early season loss and will be traveling to Lincoln this week, too.
    CCS Head Coach April Lambert said the slow start was the low point of the season as coaches and players tried to figure out personnel and were sent scrambling after a season-ending injury to middle blocker Gisselle Acuna.
    “No one likes those feelings, but we played some really good teams those first 10 games and I was proud of the girls for staying the course,” Lambert said.
     She added, “The adversity led to some really important and good conversations that drew us closer together, and we wouldn’t have had that without those losses.”
    The Lady Longhorns bounced back to go 14-3 over the middle stretch of the season against mostly Class C2 and D1 competition.
    After a loss to Bridgeport in the SPVA championship match and back-to-back losses to Hershey, including subdistricts, CCS finished the season with a 15-14 record.
    “We had a pretty young team this year, in terms of either age or varsity experience, and I saw all the girls grow to be more confident in themselves and trust their teammates and coaches the more the year went on,” Lambert said.
    “In addition to the growth in skills, that growth in confidence was a good thing to see in each of them,” she said.
    Lambert pointed out two wins over North Platte St. Pat’s and beating Hershey 2-1 in the SPVA tournament as season highlights.
    “Those moments really showed the tremendous potential we have as a team when everything clicks,” Lambert said.

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