Gering netters strike three of four wins in hot season
     2014-10-30      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering senior Kaylee Spreier, center, executes a kill over against two Bridgeport defenders as teammates, junior Allie Boggs and senior Leah Newman stand prepared for the possible return. Gering earned the thrilling win over Bridgeport last Thursday night before closing their 18-15 regular season with wins over Scottsbluff and Dundy County-Stratton. District volleyball action begins Nov. 4. 
The Gering Lady Bulldogs earned three wins in four games last week including a five set thriller against Bridgeport at home on Thursday. G-Town then traveled to Alliance for a tournament on Saturday, beating Scottsbluff and Dundy County-Stratton in two sets each.

Gering started out rough on Thursday. The first set was a close seesaw battle that ended up with a talented Bridgeport Bulldog squad winning 26-24. Gering played flat and without much energy in a mistake riddled second set as Bridgeport scored 13 consecutive points to win 25-13.

Bridgeport took an early lead in the third set but Gering finally got warmed up and in their groove. Gering won the third set 25-20. Bridgeport began to get sloppy in the fourth set which Gering won 25-15. Bridgeport was getting visibly fatigued by the fifth set and Gering seemed to be energized as Gering won the fifth set 15-13 and took the match 3-2.

“I thought Bridgeport played outstanding volleyball tonight.” Gering Coach Dave Lashley said. “It was pretty obvious that this match was way more important to them than us. I told my assistant coaches before the match that I was anticipating a dogfight in this one.”

He added that when they play teams from smaller schools, they just have everything to gain and nothing to lose so they seem to play extremely hard.

“I thought this kind of match was good for us, “Lashley said. “To go down two and battle back when we were not having the best of nights serving and hitting meant a lot to this team. The fifth set was important to our team. We went out to a big lead then lost momentum and the lead and then were able to again fight back and win.”

Senior Kaylee Spreier led the way with 17 kills, five ace serves, 3 block assists and 20 digs while fighting off an illness from earlier in the week. Senior Leah Newman had 2 kills and 26 digs. Senior Brooklyn Perez had 2 kills, 2 aces, and 11 digs. Senior Mikayla Kreider had 2 aces and 1 dig. Sophomore Joslyn Olsson had 1 block asst. Junior Lauren Shaul had 4 kills, 1 ace, 1 block assist, and a team leading 27 digs. Junior Allie Boggs had 4 kills, 3 block assists, and 8 digs. Junior Sarah Schwartzkopf had 4 digs. Junior Zoe Van Dyke had 1 dig. Junior Jade Riedel had 6 kills, 1 ace, 2 block assists, and 3 digs. Junior Abby Kiesel had 3 kills, 1 solo block, and 7 digs.

Lashley said that with Spreier under the weather, her teammates stepped it up to become a more balanced team.

Gering traveled to the Alliance tournament on Saturday and faced their first opponent, the cross town rival Scottsbluff. G-Town took control of the first set winning 25-18. Scottsbluff made a run at Gering in the second set; however, Gering prevailed 26-24.

Spreier led the way in most statistical categories with 6 kills, 1 ace, 5 block assists, and 5 digs. Newman had 1 kill, 1 block assist, and 10 digs. Perez had 1 kill, 1 ace, 2 block assists, and 4 digs. Kreider had 1 ace and 1 dig. Shaul had 2 kills, 1 block assist and 9 digs. Boggs had 6 kills, 1 block assist, and 5 digs. Schwartzkopf had 1 dig.

Gering moved on to Dundy County-Stratton for another two-set win 25-9 and 25-22. Spreier had 8 kills, 7 aces, 3 block assists, and 4 digs. Newman had 5 kills, 1 ace, 1 block assist, and 8 digs. Perez had 1 kill, 2 block assists, and 4 digs. Kreider had 1 ace. Olson had 1 block assist. Shaul had 2 kills, 1 ace, 5 digs. Boggs had 4 kills. 1 ace, 1 block assist, and 1 dig.Kiesel had 2 kills and 2 digs.

The last game of the day for Gering was against Alliance. Alliance won in 2 sets 25-21 and 28-26. Spreier had 11 kills, 2 aces, 2 block attacks, and 13 digs. Newman had 9 digs. Perez had 1 kill, 2 block assists, and 5 digs. Kreider had 1 dig. Shaul had 4 kills and 7 digs. Boggs had 2 kills and 3 digs. Kiesel had 2 kills and 2 digs.

“Our kids played hard but we just did not find a rhythm today,” Coach Lashley said. “It was very frustrating for our kids. While we had some moments where we played well and did what we had to do we just did not play solid consistent volleyball.”

The Lady Bulldogs have finished the regular season 18-15. Gering will next participate in the District tournament starting on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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