Bulldog spikers down 'Cats
     2015-09-17      By The Gering Citizen   
Photos by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photography - Gering netters Allie Boggs, Marian Conn, Jade Riedel and Sara Schwartzkop celebrate the thrill of a win after the first set of the varsity match up against Scottsbluff Tuesday night at Gering. 
The Gering Bulldogs volleyball team triumphed over rival Scottsbluff in three straight sets Tuesday night in a conference matchup.

The Lady Bulldogs took the first two sets with identical scores of 25-18, then clinched the match with a final set score of 26-24.

Gering JV and Freshman teams also defeated Scottsbluff in three sets.
“I thought it was a a hard fought match by both sides,” said Gering Coach David Lashley. “I felt like our senior leadership and team chemistry is what helped us be successful. Scottsbluff did a good job of forcing us to dig deep in the third set, but our players showed great poise in pulling the set out and winning the match. It was a very balanced effort and a lot of players contributed to the effort. I was very pleased with 7 ace blocks tonight. We are not a big team and really have to rely on timing to get blocks.

Lauren Shaul had nine kills, Allie Boggs had five kills, and Ariana Mitchell had four kills. Abby Kiesel had four aces. And junior Maria Conn had four blocks. Shaul also had 13 digs.

Last week, Gering played Alliance and North Platte in the Bulldog Triangular Saturday at Gering High School gym, losing to North Platte in two sets, and defeating Alliance in two sets. Alliance also lost to North Platte in two sets.

“North Platte has a very tall, talented team and can really overpower opponents,” Lashley said. “And, while we forced them to turn to a tipping game, it was effective because we were anticipating their power. I thought we played with a lot of heart and tenacity, especially in the first set. We were tied at 18-18 and let them get away from us. Again, as we did in Chadron on Thursday, we missed some serves at untimely moments. At one point in the match we missed four serves in a row. You cannot do that against a team of North Platte’s caliber and expect to survive.”

Gering’s Abby Kiesel led the way against North Platte with four kills, and six digs, and Lauren Shaul recorded three kills and eight digs.
“Against Alliance, we had to battle back until finally taking the lead permanently at 14-13,” Lashley said.
“Alliance has some good young kids, who will be a force in the future. Our players passed and served well, but we didn’t hit the ball as effectively today as we have in the past couple of matches.”
In the game versus Alliance, Boggs and Shaul each had four kills. Shaul also topped the team with 10 digs, while Boggs had eight digs.
Lashley added, “Alliance will continue to improve and should have a solid season.”

North Platte def. Gering, 25-19, 25-14
North Platte def Alliance 25-8, 25-9
Gering def. Alliance 25-19, 25-14

Gering took their game on the road Sept. 10 for a non-conference match against the Chadron Cardinals.

Lashley called it “a very well-played match” as the Lady Bulldogs pushed Chadron to five games before the home team took the win.
Chadron won in five sets: 20-25, 25-11, 15-25, 18-25, and 8-15 in the final race to 15 points.

After the match, Lashley said his team missed several serves at crucial times, but they had opportunities to win the match.

“Our seniors gave us great leadership, and played very well. We dug and made a lot of hard hits and passed the ball well most of the time,” he said. “We blocked the ball very well for being such a short team. The progress we showed from last weekend was solid.”

Lashley added that while the team’s middle blockers are inexperienced and made some mistakes against Chadron, they’re skilled players, work extremely hard and will get a lot better as the team gets more experience in match play.

“Chadron is a strong team and they got some very timely kills,” Lashley said about Thursday’s match. “They can really dominate at times. Our team played hard and gave an outstanding effort.”

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