As Gothenburg sets up the ball, Chase County players are ready on defense, from left, Sophie Spady, Peyton Fiedler and Adelaide Maxwell. (Johnson Publications photo)
Madison Schuller gets a hit past the outstretched arms of Gothenburg’s Arleigh Costello (11) and Elise Ackerman last week. Schuller had seven kills in the match. (Johnson Publications photo)
In rematch, Lady Longhorns topple Sutherland on road
A highlight of Chase County’s varsity volleyball week had to be the team’s performance at last Thursday’s triangular in Sutherland.
It marked a 3-1 week of action for the Lady Longhorns as they also competed in a triangular at home Sept. 26.
As of Monday, Chase County had pushed their record to 10-9.
Chase County swept both matches at last Thursday’s triangular, most notably the one against host Sutherland, who had beaten the Lady Longhorns in straight sets just five days earlier.
Chase County returned the favor last week back in Sutherland, defeating the Lady Sailors in two, 25-7 and 25-22.
“It was so awesome. We were a totally different team,” said Coach Jodie Schuller.
She said her team passed great, played with intensity and was in rhythm the entire night. And, only two serves were missed.
“Our passing was so on,” she said.
Schuller makes it no secret how important the aspects of passing and serving are to a volleyball team’s success.
The coaches are continuing to work their team rotations, Schuller said, until they find the right combination.
“I feel confident now with what we’re doing,” she said.
Chase County had a good night at the net with a .283 hitting efficiency (21 kills, six errors). Ragan Nickless led the team with eight.
Sutherland finished at a .074 hitting efficiency on 13 kills and nine errors.
Chase County’s 95 percent showing at the serving line (46-48) was complemented by eight ace serves, three from Peyton Fiedler and three from Nickless.
In set assists, Madison Schuller had nine while Sophie Spady tallied seven. Fiedler and Mallie McNair each had six digs of the team’s 22 total.
In their other match of the night, Chase County also beat Maxwell in straight sets, 25-23 and 25-20.
While the Lady Longhorns missed six serves (44-50), Coach Schuller said they maintained their rhythm and played good volleyball.
Maxwell outhit Chase County as they compiled a .220 hitting efficiency to Chase County’s .128 (23 kills, 12 errors). Nickless led the team with nine kills.
The team’s 88 percent serving included four aces, two from Schuller.
Fielder led the team defensively with seven of the team’s 17 digs, while Schuller and Spady combined for 17 of the team’s 19 set assists.
Gothenburg, Perkins Co.
At home last Tuesday night, Chase County split matches in its triangular with Perkins Co. and Gothenburg.
In their opener against the Lady Swedes, who will also be in Chase County’s subdistrict tournament, the Lady Longhorns lost in three, 18-25, 25-20 and 21-25.
Coach Schuller said it was a match she thought her team should have won.
Six missed serves were a big factor, she said, most coming at the end of the match.
“It came down to our errors,” she said.
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