Gering volleyball squad extends winning streak to six
     2011-09-22      By Terry Gaston   
Gering seniors Stephanie Coley (18) and Amy Christensen (No. 8) celebrate with seniors Kayleigh Schadwinkel (10) and Morgan Broussard (1) after a point victory for Gering in their match Saturday against Ogallala at the Gering 
Gering volleyball coach Craig Schadwinkel credits his team’s successes to teamwork as the Bulldogs played eight matches in a 12-day span and came out of that flurry with a 7-1 record, including the last six in victorious fashion.

After defeating Torrington in three straight games Monday night on the other side of the Wyoming state line, the Bulldogs boast an 11-3 record and will have just two matches – Thursday in a triangular at Sidney – before the Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 Twin City Invitational in Gering and Scottsbluff.

Gering defeated Torrington 25-15, 25-15, 25-17. “We beat a very good Torrington team in three straight games,” Schadwinkel said.

Seniors Morgan Broussard and Kayleigh Schadwinkel had eight kills and 17 assists apiece for the Bulldogs, while Schadwinkel and senior Darci Kaufman had 16 digs each. Senior Morgan Green had four service aces, six blocks (five solo), 15 digs and seven kills, while Senior Kenzie Duncan made three aces, six kills and four digs.

That match followed the Bulldogs’ first home stand of the season, in which they defeated Scottsbluff in four games last Tuesday and swept Gordon-Rushville and Chadron in a Thursday triangular at the Gering High School gymnasium.

The Bulldogs finished the home stand Saturday with a hard-fought, four-game win over Ogallala, 21-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-17.

“We played one of our better matches of the year to defeat them,” Coach Schadwinkel said of the Bulldogs’ win over the Indians. “We had great ball control which allowed us to hit the ball very effectively. We also served the ball very well.

“This was one of our goals as Ogallala gave us four of our seven losses from a year ago. They are a great team and have one of the best coaches in the state so this was a great win for the girls. Our freshman and junior varsity teams also won, so to sweep a program like Ogallala was fantastic and is a credit to how hard these teams have worked to get better as the season has progressed.”

Broussard and Kayleigh Schadwinkel again were big leaders with 13 kills and 23 assists apiece, while Broussard had a team-high seven blocks (six solo), sharing team-high honors with senior Amy Christensen (five solo). Greene had 11 kills and five solo blocks, while senior Stephanie Coley made five kills and three solo blocks. Duncan and Kaufman had two aces apiece.

In Thursday’s triangular, Gering defeated Gordon Rushville 25-14, 25-11.

“I was really proud of the girls at our triangular to hold Gordon-Rushville under our goal of 15 points,” Coach Schadwinkel said.

Broussard led the quick-executing Bulldogs with seven kills – as did Greene – along with 14 digs and five aces and also had four digs. Kayleigh Schadwinkel had five digs to go with her four kills, four aces and two blocks – the latter with whom she shared match-high honors with senior Kerissa Mitchell. Kaufman also had 13 digs against the Mustangs.

Then the Bulldogs completed the sweep by knocking off Chadron 25-19, 26-24.

“We played very well, but we ended up behind 24-21 in the second game,” Coach Schadwinkel said. The girls pulled together and won that game 26-24. In rally scoring, that is not an easy thing to do as one mistake and the match would have gone to a third game.”

Greene had a team-leading 11 kills, while Kaufman led Gering with 15 digs, Kayleigh Schadwinkel made a team-high three blocks and shared the ace lead at two with Broussard and Kaufman. Schadwinkel had 11 assists with 14 digs and Broussard set up 10 assists and 10 digs.

On Thursday, Gering will play Sidney at 4 p.m. and then Kimball afterward.

Mitchell Triangular

After having started the season with nine straight wins, the Mitchell Tigers met defeat for the first time in the opening match of a home triangular Thursday.

Mitchell lost to Chadron 25-18, 25-19 but rebounded to defeat Kimball 21-25, 25-22, 25-14 in the closing match. In between, Chadron knocked off Kimball 25-15, 25-18.

The Tigers, who began the week with a three-game win over Bayard (1-2), visit Hay Springs on Thursday before playing host to the Mitchell Invitational on Saturday.

Morrill vs. Garden County

Morrill fought hard Thursday at home against an equally tenacious Garden County squad to force the match to go the distance, but the Eagles emerged from the Lions’ Den with a five-game win, taking the match 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 15-12.

Morrill (2-4) will be in the Mitchell Invitational on Saturday.

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