Gering netters end three-game winning streak
     2014-10-02      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Senior Kaylee Spreier spikes a shot against two Chadron defenders in a match at the Gering High School gymnasium on Sept. 11. 
The Gering voleyball team enjoyed a three-match win streak on the road last week with wins against Sidney and Kimball in two sets and Torrington in four sets. The streak was broken with a three set loss to a superior Cheyenne East team on Monday.

Gering traveled to Sidney on Thursday for a triangular match against Sidney and Kimball. Gering took control early, dominating the triangular, beginning with Sidney. Gering girls defeated Sidney in two sets, 25-15 and 25-12.

Senior Kaylee Spreier led the way with eight kills. Senior Leah Newman had four kills followed by Juniors Lauren Shaul and Allie Boggs with three apiece, Junior Abby Kiesel had two, Senior Brooklyn Perez and Junior Jade Riedel each had one. There were seven ace serves with Perez getting three, Boggs two and Newman and Shaul with one apiece. There were only two solo blocks with Newman and Kiesel each getting one. Boggs and Sophomore Joslyn Olsson each got one assisted block.

In the digs department, Newman had seven, Shaul and Spreier six, Junior Sara Schwartzkopf had two, Riedel, Kiesel, Perez, Senior Mikayla Kreider and Junior Zoe VanDyke had one.

Gering took on the Kimball Longhorns in the next match and came away with a two- set win 25-13 and 25-19. Spreier delivered 11 kills, followed by Shaul with five, Perez with three, Newman, Boggs and Riedel with two each and Kiesel with one.

Perez had two service aces in the match, with Newman, Shaul, Boggs and Kiesel each adding one. Spreier and Boggs each had a solo block, with Spreier and Riedel each helping out on three assisted blocks.
And for digs, Newman had eight, Perez and Sprier five each, VanDyke four, Riedel three, Schwartzkopf, Boggs and Shaul two each, and Kreider and Olsson with one each.

On Saturday the Bulldogs hit the road again to take on the Torrington Trailblazers in Torrington, Wyoming. Gering won the match in 4 sets. Gering won the first set 25-15. Torrington took the second set 25-19. Gering won the last two sets 25-21 and 25-14.
Spreier had an impressive 20 kills with Boggs racking up 12. Newman and Shaul posted six kills, Riedel had five, Perez two, and Kiesel one.

There were four aces with Boggs posting two, Spreier and Kreider one each. Olsson had the only solo block. Assisted blocks had Spreier, Boggs, and Riedel with three each, Kiesel had two, and Olsson had one. Newman led the way on digs with 25, Spreier and Shaul had 17 each, Boggs 15, Schwartzkopf 14, Perez six, Kreider three, and Kiesel one.

“We came out strong in the first set and kept Torrington off balance, but they are a well-coached team and they came back in second set by making some changes in their attacks and their defense,” said Coach Dave Lashley. “We finally made the adjustments necessary and managed to win a hard fought third set. We actually trailed in the set 10-16 but scored nine straight points to take a 19-16 lead with Allie Boggs serving. The fourth set was close until we got five straight points on the serving of Brooklyn Perez to go from 13-10 to 18-10 and open it up. Kaylee Spreier had seven kills in this set to lead the way. While it was not the best performance of the year we played solid and as usual gave a great effort.”

Gering traveled to Cheyenne on Monday to take on East High School in Cheyenne, losing the match in straight sets: 25-14, 25-21, and 25-16.

Coach Lashley said that while the team played well at times, East is extremely talented and well coached. “They run a very up tempo offense which can be extremely difficult to keep up with at times,” he said. “We served well as a team and had stretches when we ran several points in row. We did not have a good night setting or hitting the ball. Our hitting had been a strength for us over the last few matches but we had a couple of players really struggle tonight. There is a reason East is 19-3 and rated number two in Wyoming. They’re a good team.

Spreier led the way in kills with seven; Boggs had six, Shaul 4, Newman two, Perez one, and Kiesel one. Kreider earned the only serving ace of the night. There were no blocks. Digs saw Newman lead the pack with nine, Shaul had eight, Boggs had six, Spreier four, Perez three, VanDyke and Riedel one each.

The Gering Bulldogs volleyball team has improved their record to 9-8 on the season. Next up is the Twin City invitational tournament where the Dawgs will open play against the Red Raiders from Sidney.

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