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Ragan Nickless hammers the ball across the net against Perkins County last week. Nickless finished the night with 17 kills. (Johnson Publications photo)

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Allison Owings slides a spike between a pair of Perkins County blockers in action at Grant Thursday, Oct. 5. The Longhorns won the match in three straight. (Johnson Publications photo)

Longhorns get wins over Southwest, Perkins County; fall to St. Pat’s

    Jodie Schuller’s Longhorn volleyball team improved to 12-10 last week with wins over Southwest and Perkins County while falling to St. Pat’s.
    The Longhorns traveled to Southwest Tuesday, Oct. 3 for a triangular with the host Roughriders and North Platte St. Pat’s.
St. Pat’s
    The Longhorns came out strong in their first game with  a 25-19 win over St. Pat’s.
    However the Longhorns lost the match, falling in the next two 18-25, 18-25.
    Schuller said the St. Pat’s loss was one of those games “we should have had.”
    “They just out-hit us,”, she said.
    She said the girls have been able to come  strong in the first game but can’t keep the momentum going.
    Against a team like St. Pat’s, a couple errors at the net or serving line can make a big difference.
    The Longhorns hit just .179 but did manage to get 33 kills against 14 hitting errors.
    On the other side of the net, the Irish hit .226 with 31 kills and just 10 hitting errors.
    Madison Schuller had 14 set assists with Sophie Spady adding 13.
    Schuller went 16-17 at the serving line with one ace. Mallie McNair went 15-17.
    Peyton Fielder led the team with six of the team’s 15 digs.
    The Longhorns dominated the first set against the Roughriders with a 25-13 win. However, the second set proved a little tougher. While the Longhorns won in two, they won by only three, 25-22.
    The Longhorns hit at a .463 rate compared to a -.122 by Southwest.
    Madison Schuller and Regan Nickless each collected six kills with Adelaide Maxwell finishing with five.
    McNair picked up six digs followed by Fielder with five.
    Schuller added 11 set assists with Spady finishing with 9.
    The ’Horns struggled some at the serving line, going 41-49 for 84 percent.

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