Gering volleyball wins one, loses two
     2013-09-26      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/Gering Citizen Gering junior Kaylee Spreier (No. 16) preps for a kill while teammate sophomores Savannah Walder (No. 8) and Allie Boggs (No. 3) anticipate the play during Saturday’s game against Ogallala at home. The Lady Bulldogs fell in three sets, 25-13, 25-16, and 25-20.  
In the first week of the post Schadwinkel era of volleyball, the Bulldog volleyball team beat Gordon-Rushville in a sweep 25-14 and 25-15, but lost to Chadron two sets to one 27-25, 16-25, and 16-25 on Thursday. Ogallala swept the Bulldogs in three sets 25-13, 25-16, and 25-20 on Saturday.

Thursday was a triangular meet between Gering, Chadron, and Gordon-Rushville at Gordon-Rushville. The Bulldogs started by winning the first set against the Cardinals in an overtime 27-25. The next two sets were won by Chadron 16-25 and 16-25. The Gering statistics in the game against Chadron are as follows: Savannah Walker 9 kills; Kelsea Prieels 11 assists; Kaylee Spreier 5 kills, 1 block, and 1 ace; Aubrey Gonzales 11 digs; Allie Boggs 3 kills, 12 assists, and 4 blocks; Kaila Borgman 2 kills and 1 block; Katie O’Boyle 3 kills and 4 blocks; and Abby Kiesel 1 kill.

The next team the Dawgs faced was the Gordon-Rushville Mustangs. The Bulldogs swept the Mustangs in a best of three match 25-7 and 25-20. The stats for the match are as follows: Savannah Walker 5 kills, 1 block, and 2 aces; Kelsea Prieels 7 assists; Kaylee Spreier 6 kills, 1 block, and 1 ace; Aubrey Gonzales 10 digs; Allie Boggs 1 kill, 9 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 aces; Jade Riedel 20 digs; Katie O’Boyle 3 kills; 4 blocks, and 4 aces; Abby Kiesel 1 block.

The Gering Bulldogs faced off with the Ogallala Indians in a best of match on Saturday. The Bulldogs were swept by the Indians in three sets 13-25, 16-25, and 20-25. The first set the Indians took the lead early; however, the Bulldogs came back and tied at 8 and then took a 9-8 lead. Ogallala took back the lead but Gering responded tying at 11 and 12. Ogallala took control of the set from there scoring 13 points to Gering’s 1.

The second set was all Ogallala as Gering never led or even tied. The most promising set for the Dawgs was the third. The Bulldogs trailed until tying at 8 but quickly fell back behind. Ace serves by Savannah Walker brought Gering into the lead at 12-11. The Indians tied at 12; however, Gering stepped up and rallied to a 15-12 lead. Ogallala took a time out; however, Gering continued to rally to a 19-15 lead. Ogallala caught back up and with a 20 point tie Gering’s Coach Stevie Gable called a time out. Gering would not score again in the set as Ogallala dominated for the rest of the game winning the set and the match at25-20.

Stats for Gering are as follows: Savannah Walker 3 kills, 1block, and 5 aces; Kelsea Prieels 6 digs, Kaylee Spreier 7 kills, 6 blocks, and 1 dig; Aubrey Gonzales 4 digs; Allie Boggs 3 kills, 1 block, 3 digs, and 1 ace; Kaila Borgman 2 kills, and 2 blocks; Jade Riedel 1 kill and 4 digs; Katie O’Boyle 1 kill, 3 blocks, 3 digs; and Abby Kiesel 1 block and 4 aces.

“I thought the girls did alright. We definitely struggled in our serve receive and Ogallala is such a good team that you can’t have an area that as a whole team you struggle in,” Coach Gable said. “I definitely thought in the third set when we could get the ball pushed to the net and run our offense we were doing a really good job. If we could have continued on that path for the entire game we would have ended up in a better position than we were.”

Gable said the team block is pretty tough; but they have to make sure they’re getting it up so that they’re not late. However, they are doing an excellent job reading and getting some good blocks.
“Our defense needs to be sure that we are picking up everything that our block doesn’t,” she said. “We have to get on our toes and really cover our blocks. Our block can get up strong but we need to cover them as well.”

Gering’s next matches are at home in a triangular with Kimball and Sidney on Thursday.

“We have a good week of practice (ahead) and we have not really had any practice since I have been in this position,” Gable said. “We are going to have three good days of practice, look at some things, try to shake thing up a little bit and we’ll be ready to play on Thursday.”

Asked about taking over the volleyball program, she said “Things are fine. I am definitely looking forward to a few practices this week so I can get a handle on a few things for myself but it will be nice.”

Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff (4-6) has been off since its five-set win over Gering and returns to action Thursday at home in a triangular against Chadron and Bridgeport beginning at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, the Bearcats play host to Sidney at about 7 p.m.

Morrill falls in two matches

After losing the first two games to homestanding Morrill, the Garden County Eagles rallied Thursday to take a five-set victory.
The final count for Garden County in victory was 13-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-11.
The loss for Morrill came a night before the Lions were dealt a sweep by Potter-Dix, which won 25-21, 25-19, 25-20.

Chadron downs Mitchell

The Chadron Cardinals remained undefeated at 8-0 after sweeping Mitchell, 25-23, 25-20, 25-11 on Saturday in Chadron.
For Mitchell, the Tigers had leaders in Taylor Peters with five kills, four set assists and 15 digs. Also, Aspen Reifschneider had five service aces, two set assists, one block and seven digs. Mikaela Karpen added four kills, two blocks and three digs, while Morgan Michael made three kills, one block and two digs.
Three area schools will participate in the Mitchell Invitational on Saturday, with action getting under way at 8:30 a.m. Among the Tigers’ guests will be Bayard and Morrill.
Banner County will be at the Crawford Tournament on Saturday.

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