Gering loses in straight sets
     2016-10-21      By The Gering Citizen    editor@geringcitizen.com
Don Ogle/Sidney Sun-Telegram Gering’s Carlee Brester goes up for a spike in the Bulldogs match against Sidney Tuesday night. The struggling Bulldogs are 7-21. 
Sidney’s Lady Raiders used powerful front line play to take control of the visiting Gering Bulldogs on Tuesday in Sidney, capturing a straight set win.

Sidney scored the first point and never let Gering get its rhythm, blocking a host of shots at the net, and successfully scooping up offerings for return on the way to a 25-12, 25-10, 25-12 win.

In its own offensive attack, Sidney got kills from seven players, five with more than five each, to hit Gering from all angles. Kelsey Knight led the Lady Raiders with nine kills, while Maddi Porter added eight and Mattie Johnson seven. Annalise Lecher and Payton Jung had five each.

That balanced attack has been something the Lady Raiders have worked on for the past few weeks, a positive thing in Coach Sarah Wilson’s book.

“We like the fact that we have several strong contributors and aren’t reliant on just one or two offensive threats,” Wilson said. “That way, depending on how we match up with any specific team, we have someone who can be successful.”

In the first set, Sidney ran out to an 18-10 lead, then held Gering two just two points through the remainder of the set, ending the opener on a Knight ace serve.

After continuing their dominance through the second set, the Lady Raiders slammed the door shut in the third, with a half dozen points coming from Katelyn Sylvester, who ended the night with four aces.

Overall it was not a great performance on our part,” said Gering coach David Lashley. “We really struggled with our hitting, which has not been the case over the last few matches. We have at least hit the ball in the court but tonight we did not. We had 6 ace blocks, which was good,” he said.

Coach Lashley said the team lacks communication and transition, both they’ll be working on in practice before the team’s next challenge. “This is a pretty resilient group of kids so I’m hoping for full recovery,” he said.

After sinking their teeth into Bridgeport at home on Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs will once again face Sidney at this weekend’s Alliance tournament, along with a number of other district opponents.

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