Area volleyball roundup...
     2012-10-01      By Brian Hale   
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen Mitchell’s Aspen Reifschneider (No. 5) taps the ball over the net Bayard’s Kaylyn Long (No. 4) goes up for the block during Saturday’s Mitchell Invite. Host Mitchell took third place in the tournament, while Bayard placed second, and Chadron took the title. 
It was another busy week of high school volleyball action is in the books as area teams took to the net with just one month to go before district playoffs begin.

Gering

The Gering Bulldogs played in a round-robin in Kimball on Thursday against the host Lady Longhorns and the Lady Red Raiders of Sidney. Gering fell to Sidney despite winning the first set 25-21. The Lady Bulldogs could not hold off the Red Raider comeback, dropping the final two sets 25-9, 25-17 to lose 2-1. In the matchup against the Lady Longhorns, Gering held off Kimball to win in two sets, 25-18, 25-17. The Lady Bulldogs are not in action until next month when they host Alliance, Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Scottsbluff

The Scottsbluff Bearcat volleyball team traveled to Bridgeport on Thursday for a Triangular with the host Bulldogs and the Lady Cardinals of Chadron. The Lady Bearcats found success in defeating Bridgeport in a closely contested matchup, 25-23, 26-24. Chadron, now 13-0 and ranked No. 5 in Class C-1, reigned supreme defeating both Bridgeport and Scottsbluff in straight sets. Chadron downed Scottsbluff 25-15, 25-17 and Bridgeport 25-8, 25-20. Scottsbluff travelled to Sidney for a 7:00 p.m. matchup Tuesday night.

Mitchell

The Mitchell Lady Tigers used Thursday's game against Hay Springs to excite the fans and give them a flavor of what they might expect when they host a multi-class tournament two days later. The Lady Tigers were ignited early on when sophomore Taylor Peters served up five aces en route to a 13 point service run in the first set. Felina Blanco also had a four point service run in their 25-10 first set victory over the Lady Hawks. Hay Springs fought hard in the final two sets scoring twice as much as in the first, but ultimately fell 25-10, 25-20, 25-20.

The Lady Tigers, with just two seniors on the team (Chalsey Grentz and Brianne Hessler) hosted an invitational which included some stiff competition including the undefeated Chadron Lady Cardinals, Bayard, Morrill, Hemingford, and Gordon-Rushville. Chadron continued their winning ways defeating Gordon-Rushville, 25-9, 25-13, Morrill, 25-15, 25-15, and Bayard, 25-12, 25-16 en route to the Championship trophy. Bayard defeated Hemingford, 25-27, 25-23, 25-17 and Mitchell, 13-25, 25-23, 25-18, before losing to Chadron in the Championship game. Mitchell's only loss came to the Bayard Tigers who finished second in the tournament, 13-25, 25-23, 25-18. Mitchell cruised past Hemingford, 25-11, 25-19 and then won the consolation match over Morrill, 25-20, 25-11 to secure third. Bayard in on the road to play in a triangular at Hemingford with the host Bobcats and the Bridgeport Bulldogs Tuesday.

Morrill

The Morrill Lady Lions fought hard for their fifth place finish with a win over Gordon-Rushville, 25-23, 25-14. Morrill lost to two tough opponents in champion Chadron, 25-16, 25-15 and third place Mitchell, 25-20, 25-11. The Lady Lions play host to the Banner County Lady Wildcats Tuesday. Mitchell travels to play Southeast, Wyo. in a Tuesday night duel.

Minatare

The Lady Indians of Minatare continue to battle, but droped their Friday night contest against Hyannis, 25-7, 25-8, 25-11 in three straight sets at home.
Banner County

The Lady Wildcats of Banner County came up short all weekend, losing each of their five matches. On Thursday, Hemingford won three straight sets, 25-16, 25-12, 25-4 and then Potter-Dix came to town Friday night and did the same thing, 25-12, 25-18, 25-22. On Saturday, Banner County traveled north to play in the Crawford Tournament, but again came home without a victory on the scoreboard, at least, losing to Crawford, 25-16, 25-15, Hay Springs, 25-11, 25-23 and Sioux County, 25-8, 25-6. The Lady Wildcats are next in action Tuesday as they travel to Morrill.

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