Gering wins home finale over Bridgeport
     2012-10-25      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo Gering junior Katie O’Boyle (No. 13) completes a spike as teammate, junior Brooke Vowers (No. 33) preps for the return during an early season game against Scottsbluff. The Lady Bulldogs completed their final home match of the season with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 sweep against Bridgeport last Thursday. 
Scottsbluff falls to North Platte, Mitchell wins WTC title

Area volleyball teams jockeyed to make their final say in their district and sub-district seedings with their final dual and tournament matches over the past week.

The Gering Bulldogs on Thursday celebrated the final home match of their lone senior, Santanna Mitchell, who went out by recording 10 kills and 14 assists in the Bulldogs’ 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 sweep over Bridgeport.

The match was a tune-up for Gering in the Pilfold Invitational at Alliance on Saturday, in which the Bulldogs finished fifth after defeating Scottsbluff 25-21, 25-22.

Gering had lost its pool play matches to eventual tourney champion Chadron and host Alliance and stands at 8-24 in awaiting the District B-6 seeds for the tournament at Perkins County High School in Grant next Wednesday and Thursday.

Seeds and the brackets for all districts and sub-districts are set to be released Thursday. They may be found on www.nsaahome.org/vb.php.

Mitchell added two aces and seven service points against Bridgeport to her double-digit kill and assist totals.

Also against Bridgeport, Gering junior Savannah Walker made nine kills and six digs; junior Kelsea Prieels had 25 set assists, two digs and six aces; freshman Allie Boggs recorded eight digs, two blocks, and two aces; sophomore Kaylee Spreier scored seven kills and three blocks; and junior Brooke Vowers made 15 digs.

In the Alliance tournament, Gering lost its opener 25-12, 25-9 to Chadron. Mitchell led the Bulldogs in hitting with six kills.

Walker added five kills, while Boggs and Spreier scored three kills apiece. Prieels made 18 assists, while junior Katie O’Boyle led Gering with three blocks and two aces. Vowers had a team-high five digs.

In taking a 25-16, 22-25, 25-18 loss to Alliance, Gering still got a double-double from Prieels 22 assists and 10 digs. Walker and Mitchell both scored nine kills. Mitchell also added 13 digs and four blocks, while Walker finished with three assists, seven digs and three blocks.

Spreier recorded nine blocks, two aces and seven digs, while Vowers had four digs, Boggs had five blocks and O’Boyle had six digs and six blocks.

Gering was again balanced in winning its tight victory over Scottsbluff in the fifth-place match.

Mitchell paced the Bulldogs with eight kills, while Walker and Spreier each scored seven kills and O’Boyle killed five.

Prieels dished out 29 assists and Vowers paced Gering defensively with 11 digs. Spreier led the Bulldogs in blocks with seven, while Boggs added in with five. O’Boyle served two aces to go with four blocks, and Mitchell added three blocks and eight digs.

Against Gering, Scottsbluff seniors Brayden Auer and Makayla Castro led the Bearcats in hitting with five kills each. Junior Kiley Guerue and freshman Chesney Walker added three kills apiece.

Senior Conner Ehler recorded 13 assists. Castro and Auer both served two aces, while senior Lauren Miller led the Bearcats defensively with 14 digs. Ehler added nine digs and Guerue had seven. Walker finished with a team-high two solo blocks.

Scottsbluff moved into the fifth-place match after the Bearcats lost to Sidney 25-14, 25-10 and to Ogallala 25-7, 25-11.

Against Sidney, Miller had seven digs, Auer had three blocks and Ehler finished with seven assists. Auer, Walker and Ehler scored two kills each. Senior Alexus Pinedo served two aces.

Against Ogallala, Guerue, Walker, Castro and Auer had two kills apiece. Ehler made eight assists and Miller scored eight digs. Auer led Scottsbluff with two blocks.

Chadron (24-2) swept Sidney 25-14, 25-20 in the championship match. Ogallala claimed third place by downing Alliance 28-26, 25-12.

North Platte 3, Scottsbluff 1

On Monday, in a match postponed from Thursday because of treacherous winds along Interstate 80 that prevented North Platte from traveling to Scottsbluff, the visiting Bulldogs spoiled the Bearcats’ final home match with a four-set victory.

Scottsbluff took the first set 26-24 before North Platte swept the next three games to take the match.

Bearcat junior Amy Colburn made 23 digs and five kills for Scottsbluff, while Guerue had five kills and seven digs. Junior Savannah Menghini made nine digs and six set assists, Ehler had eight digs and five set assists, Auer had nine digs and four kills, Miller made 23 digs and Makayla Castro had 12 digs.

Scottsbluff (9-22) still has three matches left before district play. The Bearcats will travel to Columbus for the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday.

WTC Tournament

Mitchell won the Western Trails Conference Tournament on Saturday in Hemingford with three victories.

The Tigers had to overcome a slow start to defeat Morrill in their opening match, 22-25, 25-7, 25-22. Mitchell then swept Gordon-Rushville 25-17, 25-5 in the semifinals before finishing with a 25-15, 22-25, 25-18 win over Kimball.

The Tigers improve their season record to 20-7 and gave Mitchell its third-straight 20-win season.

Mitchell was led in the tournament by Taylor Peters with 38 total kills, four ace serves, 34 digs and 18 points. Chalsey Grentz finished with 17 points, five ace serves, 56 set assists and 42 digs.

Also for the Tigers, Michaela Karpen and Morgan Michael had seven ace blocks apiece, while Arissa Gabel had 44 digs, Felina Blanco had 27 digs and Brianne Hessler had nine ace serves and 26 digs.
In other first-round matches, Bridgeport defeated Hemingford 24-14, 28-26 and Gordon-Rushville defeated Bayard 25-23, 18-25, 25-17. The other semifinal saw Kimball defeat Bridgeport 21-25, 25-17, 25-11.
Gordon-Rushville edged Bridgeport 25-23, 13-25, 25-19 for third place in the tournament.

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