Ragan Nickless fires one into the hands of a pair of Gothenburg defenders Monday night. She led the Lady Longhorns at the net in the subdistrict loss. (Johnson Publications photo)
Madison Schuller takes a little hop to get to the ball for the pass in action Monday in Chase County’s subdistrict match. (Johnson Publications photo)
Getting under it for a good pass is Adelaide Maxwell. She was also effective at the net with nine kills recorded in the subdistrict match against Gothenburg. (Johnson Publications photo)
Allison Owings had several good blocks Monday, slowing down a strong-hitting Gothenburg team. (Johnson Publications photo)
Gothenburg ends CCS hopes of post-season play
Chase County didn’t hand it to them, but Gothenburg eventually overpowered the Lady Longhorns in Monday’s first round of the C1-11 subdistrict tournament played at North Platte High School.
The loss in four games ended Chase County’s 2017 season with a 17-13 record.
Scores were 18-25, 25-11, 23-25 and 18-25.
Chase County Coach Jodie Schuller put it simply, “If we’d played all sets like the second one we’d be going back tonight (Tuesday)” for the championship game.
Schuller said even with playing a great second set, there were times her team had doubt on their faces.
But, the Lady Swedes put together some strong hitting in the end to clinch the win, she said.
Some of that confidence may have been affected in the first game, when Chase County took a 17-12 lead after it had been tied seven times. Chase County’s offense, which included three straight kills from Madison Schuller (2) and Adelaide Maxwell as they scored point 17, forced two Gothenburg timeouts up to that point.
But after the second timeout, Gothenburg managed an 11-point unanswered run, combining at least four kills, an ace serve and Chase County mistakes, to lead 23-17.
A net serve and trouble with the pass by Chase County gave Gothenburg the first set win, 25-18.
Momentum shifted quickly in game two, however. Chase County took a quick 6-0 lead which grew to 19-3 as the Lady Longhorns found success with the tip-in and capitalized on Gothenburg mistakes.