Area volleyball round up
     2012-10-15      By Citizen Staff Report   
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo Gering freshman Megan Brady prepares for a volley, while teammate, junior Kelsea Prieels eyes the play during a Sept. 11 contest against Scottsbluff.  
The Gering Lady Bulldogs fell to Cheyenne East in a tough battle 25-14, 25-19 and 25-18 on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Cheyenne, Wyo. The win marks their 25th against only three losses while Gering dropped to 6-20.

Even though they lost, Gering Coach Craig Schadwinkel was optimistic afterwards, saying he was pleased with how the team played against the very competitive Cheyenne school.

The next match for Gering is against rival Scottsbluff, this one on Thursday night, Oct 11 in Gering. The last matchup between these two river rivals resulted in a Bulldog victory, 2-1. Also on Thursday, Morrill hosts a triangular with Bayard and Hemingford, while Mitchell travels to Bridgeport.

In other Tuesday night action the Lady Longhorns of Kimball posted a 25-20, 25-15, 25-12 win at home over the visiting Lady Tigers. Amber Kilgore, Kelly Green and Darbi Klinkhammer combined for 18 kills while Klinkhammer also had 10 assists and four ace serves.

Other action around the area from earlier in the week included:

On Thursday, Oct. 4, the undefeated and No. 5 ranked Chadron Lady Cardinals were too much for the Lady Bearcats Thursday night as they downed Scottsbluff in three sets, 25-8, 25-19, 25-20. Scottsbluff was led by Alexus Pinedo with two kills while Conner Ehler and MaKayla Castro combined for seven ace serves. Lauren Miller finished with seven digs and Brayden Auer had one kill and one block in the tough loss to the Chadron.

Only two area teams were in action on Friday, Oct. 5. The young Lady Indians of Minatare were dominated by Arthur County in three sets, 25-17, 25-14, 25-14 (3-0) while Banner County fell to Hay Springs, 25-21, 25-16, 25-15.

Saturday, Oct. 6 was the busiest day of volleyball this week with several area teams playing in the annual Western Conference Volleyball Tournament hosted by Alliance. In Pool A it was Alliance, Chadron and Scottsbluff with games played at Alliance High School.

Alliance defeated Scottsbluff, 25-23, 25-11 in the first game, and Chadron defeated Alliance, 25-14, 25-17 in the second, and then the Chadron-Scottsbluff matchup which resulted in another Lady Cardinal win in two sets, 25-19 and 25-20.

In Pool B it was Sidney, Gering and Mitchell with games played at Alliance Middle School. In the first match, it was a nail-biter as Mitchell downed Gering 25-22, 25-23. The second match was not as close as Sidney downed the Lady Bulldogs of Gering 25-7, 25-17. The last contest in Pool B had Sidney defeating Mitchell in two sets, 25-13 and 25-16.

The fifth place matchup was played at the middle school and was a great one that pitted the Gering Lady Bulldogs against the Scottsbluff Lady Bearcats with Gering victorious in three sets, 25-23, 22-25 and 28-26. Gering’s Savannah Walker led the team with 27 kills and added 19 digs, five blocks, and three ace serves.

Santanna Mitchell totalled 25 kills, led with 34 digs and had seven blocks; while Kelsea Prieels led with 58 assists, had 20 digs, and three ace serves. Allie Boggs tallied 23 digs and 11 blocks while Katie O’Boyle had 10 digs, 10 blocks, and two ace serves.

The third place contest was played at the high school with host Alliance defeating Mitchell 25-13, 25-17.

The championship games showcased two area teams that are having tremendous seasons. Sidney is 18-5 on the season, while the Chadron girls were undefeated and ranked No. 5 in the state. Perhaps the biggest surprise came when the undefeated Chadron Lady Cardinals fell to the Sidney Lady Red Raiders in two sets 25-20, 25-23.

Sidney was hot over the weekend, defeating Gering and Mitchell as well, to go 3-0 on the day to capture the conference championship.

Banner County was also in action Saturday, losing to Leyton, 25-7, 25-15 and Pine Bluffs, Wyo., 25-17, 25-22.

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