Gering gives gutsy effort against Cheyenne East
     2015-10-01      By Frank Marquez    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen - Gering Bulldog volleyball player senior Allie Boggs cheers her team in the third set of their match against Cheyenne East Monday night at the GHS gym. 
The Gering Bulldogs volleyball team fell to the dominant Cheyenne East Lady Thunderbirds at home, able to survive four sets, 25-17, 25-14, 30-32, 25-8.

“East is 22-1 for a reason, said Gering Head Coach David Lashley. “They have some great athletes and run a very fast offense. I thought our kids battled very hard throughout the match. We had 74 digs, and a lot of those were hard driven spikes.”

Through the first two sets, Gering, now 7-11 on the season and 2-1 in district, fell behind and couldn’t regain their footing. With occasionally bright spots, the Bulldogs weren’t able to get going until the third set, when they ran off a string of points behind four aces with Jade Riedel serving. Then, up 20-15, Gering allowed Cheyenne East to battle back making things even at 20-20. The lead changed five times as the teams traded points. With stellar blocks and digs by Lauren Shaul and Mariah Conn, the Bulldogs eventually prevailed 32-30.

Senior Allie Boggs stood out as the most vocal player during the third set, imploring her teammates to hang tough with every hard-earned point.

“I was extremely pleased with the way we battled in the third set to not let that one get away,” Lashley said. “Our kids did a great job of communicating all night. I’m not sure what happened in the fourth set. (CE) got off to a big lead on our mistakes, and we did not recover.”

Abby Kiesel had eight kills, Riedel had six, and Arianna Mitchell had five. On defense, Shaul had 17 digs, followed by Boggs with 15, Kiesel had 14, Sara Schwartzkopf had 13, and Riedel, 12.

The Bulldogs travel to Alliance on Oct. 6, in a B District 8 match. So far, the Sidney Red Raiders top the standings, followed by Gering and Alliance, in that order. Gering travels to Sidney on Oct. 20.


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