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Emerson-Hubbard goes 1-1 at Hartington-Newcastle Invite; loses both matches of Home Triangular
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The Emerson-Hubbard Volleyball Team is 1-3 in their last four matches, losing 2-0 to Wynot, but beating Wausa 2-1 at the Hartington-Newcastle Invite on Saturday, before losing 2-0 to Hartington-Newcastle and Winside at their home Triangular Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils defeated the Pirates 25-13 in set one, and 25-14 in set two.

The Vikings took set one from the Pirates, 25-14, but Emerson-Hubbard one set two 25-17, and set three 25-18.

Hartington-Newcastle defeated the Pirates 25-13 in the first set, and 25-7 in the second set.

Winside beat Emerson-Hubbard 26-24 in set one, and 25-18 in set two.

I thought the Pirates did a nice job of beating Wausa and competing with Winside.

Emerson-Hubbard (4-20) takes on Winside (14-8) again on Saturday at the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament at Winside.

Winside lost 2-0 to Hartington-Newcastle at the Emerson-Hubbard Triangular Tuesday night.

This is going to be another tough and difficult match for the Pirates without a doubt.

Emerson-Hubbard competed well against the Wildcats the first time around though, and there's no doubt in my mind that they can do it again.

The Pirates have to rediscover the form they played with against Wausa, and take what positives they can away from the Winside match the first time around.

There's a lot of positives to take away from that match, in my opinion, and I think how Emerson-Hubbard competed Tuesday night will give the Pirates confidence in this match.

It's never easy to beat a team twice in one season, let alone twice in one week, so that has to give Emerson-Hubbard confidence and hope as well.

The Pirates have to come out and play with extreme toughness, and must hit their spots on attacks and get their hands up quickly to block balls and prevent kills.

I think having good court awareness will be important for Emerson-Hubbard as well.

The Pirates have to get fired up, and be ready to take it to Winside for however many sets the two teams play.

Winning as a 13 seed is never easy, but Emerson-Hubbard has to be up to the task of getting the job done and moving on Saturday.

The winner gets either Plainview or Randolph in the second match of the day on Saturday so the Pirates have to be up to the task of playing more than one match.

If Emerson-Hubbard can play the way they did Tuesday night and catch a few breaks, they may have a chance.

Much easier said than done though as the Wildcats are a very tough team.

You can bet Winside will come out ready and on top of their game so the Pirates must counter that with good play.

The two teams will play in Winside at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

This tournament is the final regular season play for Emerson-Hubbard prior to Subdistricts.
Tekamah-Herman goes 2-2 at East Husker Conference Tournament; splits Fremont Bergan Triangular
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The Tekamah-Herman Volleyball Team went 2-2 at the East Husker Conference Tournament, sweeping Scribner-Snyder 2-0 and losing 2-1 to Clarkson/Leigh at Clarkson Thursday night, before beating Howells-Dodge 2-1 and losing 2-0 to West Point-Beemer at Logan View on Saturday. The Tigers then turned around and split the Fremont Bergan Triangular Tuesday night, beating Scribner-Snyder 2-0, but losing 2-0 to the host Knights.

Tekamah-Herman won one over Scribner-Snyder 25-9 and set two 25-14.

The Tigers took set one from the Patriots, 25-21, but Clarkson/Leigh won sets two and three 25-22.

Wakehouse had a match-high 16 kills while Jetensky put down 12.

The Cadets defeated Tekamah-Herman 25-21 in the first set, and 25-22 in the second set.

The Jaguars took set one from the Tigers, 25-23, but Tekamah-Herman bounced back to win sets two and three 25-19 and 25-14.

Bergan claimed set one 25-15, and set two 27-25.

The Tigers won set one over the Trojans, 25-23, and took set two 25-15.

Tekamah-Herman played good Volleyball in their wins, and was very competitive in their losses over these last six matches.

The Tigers (17-12) travel to Dodge to take on Howells-Dodge (13-14) Thursday night.

The Jaguars lost 3-0 at home to North Bend Central Tuesday night.

Tekamah-Herman will try and knock off Howells-Dodge again, but beating the Jaguars a second time figures to be a very tough challenge.

I think this match could go either way, and I think if the Tigers win it's going to be in 4 or 5 sets.

I look for most if not all of the sets to be very close and competitive.

Tekamah-Herman got the better of Howells-Dodge the first time around, especially at the end, and it will be interesting to see if the Tigers can finish that strong again.

The Jaguars started out strong against Tekamah-Herman, and against North Bend Central Tuesday night, but the latter set or sets weren't as close.

I don't know if that's just a young Howells-Dodge team running out of gas or what it is, but I think the Tigers have a chance to wear down the Jaguars again.

Tekamah-Herman is more a veteran laden team while Howells-Dodge is young so that's an advantage for the Tigers, in my opinion.

The counter argument to that could be Tekamah-Herman hasn't played as well lately as they were at the mid way point of the season.

And there is some truth to that as the Tigers are just 3-5 in their last 8 matches.

With that said, the Jaguars are just 4-12 in their last 16 matches, but I think it's more a case of both teams are playing tough competition as opposed to not playing well.

Something has to give in this match though. I would say Tekamah-Herman is playing better Volleyball right now, but Howells-Dodge will be very hungry for a win without a doubt.

The Tigers should be very hungry for a win too though so it should be a great match.

I look for both teams to get after one another and try and outdo the other.

I think it will be important for Tekamah-Herman's players to hit their spots with their attacks, and get their hands up in time and in the right places for the block.

Having good court presence and awareness will be critical for the Tigers as well I would say.

Tekamah-Herman has to play smart, but aggressive Volleyball Thursday night.
Clarkson/Leigh takes 3rd in East Husker Conference Tournament; downs Oakland-Craig
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The Clarkson/Leigh Volleyball team took 3rd at the East Husker Conference Tournament last week, downing Oakland-Craig 2-0 and Tekamah-Herman 2-1 at home on the first night of the tournament Thursday night, before losing 2-0 to Stanton, and beating Wisner-Pilger 2-0 at Logan View on Saturday. The Patriots turned around and defeated the Knights 3-1 at home Tuesday night.

In the first match against Oakland-Craig, Clarkson/Leigh won set one 25-17, and set two 25-16.

Beth Wiese and Paige Moore notched 7 kills apiece for the Patriots while Ashlynn Novotny totaled 5.

The Patriots lost set one 25-21 to the Tigers, but won sets two and three 25-22.

Sydney Folken led Clarkson/Leigh with 12 kills while Moore totaled 9. Novotny and Wiese chipped in 6 apiece.

The Mustangs downed the Patriots 25-21 in sets one and two.

Clarkson/Leigh defeated the Gators 25-23 in the first set, and 25-15 in the second set.

In the second match against the Knights, the Patriots won set one 25-19. Oakland-Craig bounced back to win set two 25-21 before Clarkson/Leigh claimed set three 25-8 and set four 25-12.

The Patriots haven't missed a beat and have continued on a terror despite losing Hannah Kasik to an injury.

Clarkson/Leigh (21-8) takes on Mead (16-6) on the road Thursday night.

The Raiders are coming off a 1-2 performance at the ECNC Tournament last week, including a 2-0 loss to Freeman Thursday night.

Mead has had almost a week to prepare for the Patriots so they should be fresh and ready to go.

The Patriots have played quite a few matches lately, and that figures to make things a challenge from a preparation standpoint as Clarkson/Leigh only has a day or two to prepare for the Raiders.

That's how it's going to be in Subdistricts and beyond if the Patriots get that far though.

I think this match is going to prepare Clarkson/Leigh for what they will see in the postseason.

Mead is a team more at the Patriots' level in terms of class.

I have been saying all along that a strong schedule should prepare GACC for a postseason run, well Clarkson/Leigh also plays a lot of C-1 and C-2 schools, and should be ready to make a postseason run of their own.

We're at the point where the Patriots need to start preparing themselves physically and mentally for the postseason.

Clarkson/Leigh has to still be focused and ready for these next two regular season matches, but the mindset has to start turning over to the postseason one would think.

This match against the Raiders is very important though.

It's going to give the Patriots a great idea of what they'll see and what to expect come postseason time.

Clarkson/Leigh struggled against Humphrey St. Francis you could say, but perhaps this match with Mead will go better.

The Patriots already beat Mead 2-0 at the Hampton Tournament on September 23rd so we'll see if Clarkson/Leigh can get the job done again.

I would say the Patriots have a good shot to win again as they've played a very tough schedule.

This Clarkson/Leigh team is truly special, and I look for the Patriots to take care of business and enjoy a jolly ride home Thursday night.

Excitement and anticipation has to build around the communities and schools of Clarkson and Leigh, and the Patriots have to start getting excited about their opportunity and potential to make a postseason run.
Wisner-Pilger goes 2-2 at East Husker Conference Tournament; sweeps Twin River
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The Wisner-Pilger Volleyball Team went 2-2 at the East Husker Conference Tournament last week, beating Logan View and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 2-0 at home Thursday night, before losing 2-0 to North Bend Central and Clarkson/Leigh at Logan View on Saturday. The Gators then turned around and beat Twin River 3-0 on the road Tuesday night.

Wisner-Pilger topped the Raiders 25-20 in set one, and 25-14 in set two.

Jordan Wegner totaled 13 kills while Lauren Jacobsen registered 20.

The Gators downed the Bulldogs 25-19 in set one, and 25-18 in set two.

Wegner posted 18 kills while Cassidy Dixon had 7 digs. Jacobsen recorded 19 set assists while Ariel Meyer notched 8.

Wisner-Pilger dropped set one to the Tigers, 25-16, and lost set two 25-15.

Karrin Jindra posted 18 digs while Wegner and Maci Batenhorst added 9 apiece. Ashton Meyer chipped in 7.

The Patriots defeated the Gators 25-23 in the first set, and 25-15 in the second set.

Wegner posted 8 kills and 16 digs while Jindra and Batenhorst registered 20 digs apiece. Jacobsen tallied 8 digs and 13 set assists.

Wisner-Pilger beat the Titans 25-16 in set one, 25-19 in set two, and 28-26 in set three.

Batenhorst notched 12 kills and 13 digs while Wegner compiled 10 kills and 9 digs. Ariel Meyer contributed 7 kills and 12 digs while Ashton Meyer and Dixon totaled 10 and 7 digs, respectively. Jacobsen added 19 set assists.

The Gators played real well Thursday and Tuesday, but ran into two great teams and didn't play as well on Saturday I would say.

Wisner-Pilger (20-8) takes part in the Scribner-Snyder Triangular against Scribner-Snyder (10-13) and Logan View (5-21) Thursday night.

The Trojans lost 2-0 to Tekamah-Herman and Fremont Bergan at the Bergan Triangular Tuesday night while the Raiders lost 2-0 to Oakland-Craig at the Conference Tournament on Saturday.

This is a Pink Out Event, and a big deal for all involved.

I think the Gators will take both matches and win the Triangular, but this night is about so much more than just the game of Volleyball.

It's the Fight Against Breast Cancer, and a big deal for all these teams participating in this Triangular.

Hopefully fans will fill the gym and support this great cause because I know a lot of hard work goes into putting on an event like this.

I think this event will only bring Logan View, Scribner-Snyder, and Wisner-Pilger closer together.

These teams are all competitors on the court sure, but I'm sure some if not all are friends off the court.

When I say friends I just mean friendly towards one another with everyone playing the sport of Volleyball.

This Triangular is about so much more than just the game of Volleyball, and I hope there will be a good turnout Thursday night.

The match will be aired on 107.9 the Bull, and it's great to listen to us if you can't make it to the matches, but you won't get the full experience by not attending I would say.

I encourage each and every one of you viewing this blog to go out and support this great cause if at all possible.

Go out and support the fight against Breast Cancer, and wear pink.

I know Scribner-Snyder is wearing pink uniforms Thursday night so it will be interesting to see if Logan View and Wisner-Pilger do as well.

The ultimate goal of any triangular is to win, but this triangular and this night isn't all about winning, in my opinion.

There's so much more to sports and the game of Volleyball than just winning, and I think this Triangular will prove and show just that.

It should be a great night for more than one reason.

Catch all the action on 107.9 the Bull beginning at 5:30.
Logan View goes 0-3 at East Husker Conference Tournament
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The Logan View Volleyball Team went 0-3 at the East Husker Conference Tournament last week, losing 2-0 to Wisner-Pilger and Pender at Wisner-Pilger Thursday night, and 2-0 to Oakland-Craig at home on Saturday.

The Gators downed the Raiders 25-20 in set one, and 25-14 in set two.

The Pendragons upended Logan View 26-24 in the first set, and 25-20 in the second set.

The Knights topped the Raiders 25-18 in set one, and 25-19 in set two.

Logan View definitely competed well on Thursday, but I think not playing a match on Saturday prior to the Oakland-Craig match definitely hurt the Raiders.

Logan View (5-21) takes part in the Scribner-Snyder Triangular Thursday night against Scribner-Snyder (10-13) and Wisner-Pilger (20-8).

The Gators won 3-0 at Twin River Tuesday night while the Trojans lost 2-0 to Tekamah-Herman and Fremont Bergan at the Bergan Triangular Tuesday night.

This is a Pink Out Event, and a big deal for all involved.

I think the Raiders have a chance to be competitive in both matches and win the Scribner-Snyder match, but this night is about so much more than just the game of Volleyball.

It's the Fight Against Breast Cancer, and a big deal for all these teams participating in this Triangular.

Hopefully fans will fill the gym and support this great cause because I know a lot of hard work goes into putting on an event like this.

I think this event will only bring Logan View, Scribner-Snyder, and Wisner-Pilger closer together, but especially the Trojans and Raiders since they co-op in Basketball.

These teams are all competitors on the court sure, but I'm sure some if not all are friends off the court.

When I say friends I just mean friendly towards one another with everyone playing the sport of Volleyball.

This Triangular is about so much more than just the game of Volleyball, and I hope there will be a good turnout Thursday night.

The match will be aired on 107.9 the Bull, and it's great to listen to us if you can't make it to the matches, but you won't get the full experience by not attending I would say.

I encourage each and every one of you viewing this blog to go out and support this great cause if at all possible.

Go out and support the fight against Breast Cancer, and wear pink.

I know Scribner-Snyder is wearing pink uniforms Thursday night so it will be interesting to see if Logan View and Wisner-Pilger do as well.

The ultimate goal of any triangular is to win, but this triangular and this night isn't all about winning, in my opinion.

There's so much more to sports and the game of Volleyball than just winning, and I think this Triangular will prove and show just that.

Catch all the action on 107.9 the Bull beginning at 5:30.
North Bend Central wins East Husker Conference Tournament
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The North Bend Central Volleyball Team won the East Husker Conference Tournament at Logan View on Saturday, defeating Wisner-Pilger 2-0 in the Semifinals, and Stanton 3-1 in the Championship Match.

The Tigers topped the Gators 25-16 in set one, and 25-15 in set two.

North Bend Central lost set one to the Mustangs, 25-16, before taking set two 25-18, set three 25-16, and set four 25-17.

The Tigers have continued their mastery, and are playing great Volleyball.

North Bend Central (23-0) takes on Howells-Dodge (13-13) on the road Tuesday night.

The Jaguars lost 2-1 to Tekamah-Herman and 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at the Tournament on Saturday.

The Tigers knocked off Howells-Dodge 2-0 at the Tournament on Thursday.

I look for North Bend Central to continue their run of dominance, and turn in another big performance Tuesday night.

I look for the Tigers to sweep the Jaguars, and win with relative ease.

Howells-Dodge is a young team that has really struggled lately while North Bend Central is an experienced, well oiled machine.

The Jaguars are just 4-11 in their last 15 matches, and I look for the Tigers to add to Howells-Dodge's woes.

North Bend Central gets Stanton again next week, and what a great match that should be.

The Tigers have to be focused on an up and coming Jaguars squad though, and can't be focused on any other matches beyond Tuesday night.

North Bend Central has done such a great job staying focused throughout the season, and that's a testament to their mental toughness as well as coaching.

North Bend Central is a great team, and this has truly been a special season for the Tigers.

North Bend Central has a good chance to win the whole thing I think.

The Tigers are a great team, and truly have something special brewing.

It would be such a big deal for North Bend Central to win a State Title there's no doubt about it.

Some tough teams and matches await the Tigers, but nothing that North Bend Central can't handle, overcome, and beat, in my opinion.

The Tigers have already won four tournament championships this season so now it's matter of rolling through the rest of the regular season unscathed prior to Subdistricts.

North Bend Central has already passed so many tests, and seems to be able to continue to focus themselves on every match regardless of what's at stake or the circumstances.

Often times people say in sports a loss does a team good...allows them to refocus and stuff. Well I don't think that's the case with the Tigers.

I would say North Bend Central prepares for and focuses on every match so well that losing one isn't going to do them any good.

Thursday night's match can be heard on 107.9 the Bull beginning at 7:30.
Stanton finishes 2nd in East Husker Conference Tournament
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The Stanton Volleyball team defeated Clarkson/Leigh 2-0 in the East Husker Conference Semifinals at Logan View on Saturday before losing the championship to North Bend Central, 3-1.

The Mustangs knocked off the Patriots 25-21 in sets one and two.

Bree Burtwhistle and Hannah Heppner had 11 kills each while Jessie Brandl notched 8 kills and 8 digs. Jaiden Hartl added 12 digs while Burtwhistle registered 9 digs and 19 set assists. Makenna Espinoza totaled 19 set assists of her own.

Stanton took set one from the Tigers 25-16, but lost set two 25-18, set three 25-16, and set four 25-17.

Burtwhistle posted 20 kills, 7 digs, and 22 set assists while Brandl recorded 18 kills and 14 digs. Hartl compiled 18 digs while Espinoza contributed 24 set assists.

The Mustangs certainly came ready to play and smacked North Bend Central in the mouth, they just couldn't sustain the same level of play throughout the match, or so it appears.

Stanton (22-3) hosts Lutheran High Northeast (14-11) Tuesday night.

The Eagles have lost three in a row, including a 3-2 decision at Columbus Lakeview Tuesday night.

The Mustangs should be able to win this game fairly easily.

LHNE is a solid team, but Stanton is at a whole nother level I would say.

I look for Burtwhistle, Brandl, and Heppner to have big matches for the Mustangs along with Hartl and Espinoza.

I thought Burtwhistle and Brandl really stepped up their game against the Tigers.

It's those types of performances Stanton needs to keep getting to be successful, in my opinion.

The Mustangs are still in really good shape. Not many teams have even taken a set from North Bend Central this season.

Stanton has to simply regroup, and find a way to overcome the loss to the Tigers.

A 3-0 sweep of the Eagles would be a great way to get back on track, and I feel the Mustangs will do just that.

Stanton will get another shot at North Bend Central at their home Triangular next Tuesday night, but the Mustangs have to be focused on taking care of business against LHNE.

The Eagles have struggled lately, but have been a good team for much of the season.

LHNE just hasn't been as consistent as teams like Stanton I would say.

I think that inconsistency along with the Mustangs' consistency will be the difference in the match.

I think Stanton will bounce back in a big way Tuesday night.

You can bet the Mustangs will be upset and motivated given what happened against the Tigers, and will take out their frustrations on the Eagles.

Stanton's a great team, and I think fans will see the Mustangs play a great match come Tuesday night.
Winnebago swept at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
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The Winnebago Volleyball Team lost 3-0 at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Thursday night.

The Indians fell in sets one and two 25-17, and lost set three 25-12.

I thought Winnebago did a decent job of competing in the first two sets, but it appears the Indians ran out of gas in the third set.

Winnebago (7-15) takes on Wakefield (8-12) and Homer (6-17) at the Wakefield Triangular Thursday night.

The Trojans swept Emerson-Hubbard 3-0 at home Tuesday night while the Knights topped Pender 3-1 on the road the same night.

All three teams are about equal record wise, but I look for Wakefield to win the triangular.

I think the Indians have a chance to be competitive against both teams, but I think it's going to be tough for Winnebago.

Not to take anything away from the Indians, but the Indians have losses to 3 win Emerson-Hubbard and 5 win Logan View.

The teams Winnebago has beaten would get beat by a lot of teams in the state.

That shouldn't get the Indians down though. 7 wins is a vast improvement over last year.

The Indians have to use this week of practice to fine tune some things, and get ready for the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament.

I think this Triangular will give Winnebago a good idea of the type of teams they're going to see in that Tournament.

I think it's critical for the Indians to do well Thursday night to give themselves a chance to have success in the Conference Tournament.

As much success as Winnebago has had this year, the Indians need to step up their game and play even better.

Winnebago needs to see vast improvement within the next week if they want to make more strides and take more steps in the right direction.

The Indians have to step up their game and play even better than they have been, and do what they can to play at the highest level possible.

Winnebago has to do something to make themselves better between now and Thursday night. These girls have to hold each other accountable in practice and things of that nature.
North Bend Central downs Tekamah-Herman and BRLD; wins first East Husker Conference Tournament Game over Howells-Dodge
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The North Bend Central Volleyball team swept Tekamah-Herman 3-0 at home last Thursday night, BRLD 3-0 on the road Tuesday night, and Howells-Dodge 2-0 at home Thursday night in the East Husker Conference Tournament.

North Bend Central beat Tekamah-Herman 25-23 in set one, 25-16 in set two, and 25-11 in set three.

The Tigers defeated the Wolverines 25-12 in set one, 25-9 in set two, and 25-18 in set three.

North Bend Central knocked off the Jaguars 25-12 in the first set, and 25-19 in the second set.

The Tigers have been nothing but dominant this season. Nothing appears to be stopping North Bend Central.

The Tigers (21-0) take on Wisner-Pilger (19-6) in the East Husker Conference Tournament Semifinals at Logan View on Saturday.

The Gators beat Logan View 2-0 and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 2-0 at home in the tournament Thursday night.

Wisner-Pilger is playing very good Volleyball right now as they are 14-3 in their last 17 matches.

North Bend Central owns two sweeps over the Gators this season, but both matches were played in the first 8 matches of the year for Wisner-Pilger.

The Tigers have been consistently dominant this year, but Wisner-Pilger is coming along and has to be viewed as a legit threat to give North Bend Central a match.

As good as the Gators are playing though, I don't know if it will be good enough to upset the mighty Tigers.

North Bend Central is experienced, and a veteran laden team, and has dominated people so far this season.

A lot of people are probably banking on a North Bend Central/Stanton Championship Match, and that could very likely happen, but the Tigers have to get by Wisner-Pilger first.

It's never easy to beat a team three times in a season, but that is what North Bend Central will try and do against the Gators when the two teams meet.

Kristin Lux, Brooke Fredrickson, Kaitlynn Bjorklund, and others need to have big and outstanding matches for the Tigers.

It's those three up against the likes of Jordan Wegner, Maci Batenhorst, Lauren Jacobsen, Ariel Meyer, and Ashton Meyer.

Both teams have a lot of talent, but I think North Bend Central's is superior.

There's also a lot of Volleyball knowledge between the two coaches so it should be a great match.

I could see the Tigers sweeping Wisner-Pilger 2-0 or getting pushed to a third set, but either way I like North Bend Central to win.

The match will start after the Clarkson/Leigh/Stanton match, which will begin at 2:15 p.m.
Stanton wins West Point-Beemer Triangular; starts East Husker Conference Tournament 2-0
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The Stanton Volleyball team swept West Point-Beemer and Scribner-Snyder 2-0 at the West Point-Beemer Triangular Tuesday night before sweeping Madison and the Cadets 2-0 at home Thursday night in the East Husker Conference Tournament.

The Mustangs defeated the Cadets in the first meeting 25-9 in set one, and 25-14 in set two.

Jessie Brandl had a match-high 10 kills and 8 digs for Stanton while Bree Burtwhistle and Makenna Espinoza notched 14 and 9 set assists, respectively.

The Mustangs knocked off the Trojans 25-8 in the first set, and 25-13 in the second set.

Brandl and Burtwhistle notched 6 kills apiece to lead Stanton. Brandl added 7 digs while Burtwhistle and Espinoza posted 13 and 9 set assists, respectively.

Stanton downed the Dragons 25-5 in set one, and 25-14 in set two.

Heppner notched 8 kills while Jaiden Hartl and Brandl totaled 8 and 7 digs, respectively. Burtwhistle dished out 13 set assists while Espinoza had 8.

The Mustangs topped West Point-Beemer the second time around 25-13 in the first set, and 25-18 in the second set.

Heppner registered 7 kills while Jasmine Kment recorded 8 digs. Burtwhistle added 13 set assists with Espinoza contributing 8.

Stanton is on top of their game and has been all season long. Very good time of the year for the Mustangs to be playing their best Volleyball.

Stanton (21-2) takes on Clarkson/Leigh (19-7) in the East Husker Conference Tournament Semifinals Saturday afternoon at Logan View.

The Patriots downed Oakland-Craig 2-0 and Tekamah-Herman 2-1 in their first two matches of the tournament at home Thursday night.

The Mustangs defeated Clarkson/Leigh 2-0 back on August 31st at their home Triangular, but I can assure you the Patriots are a better team now than they were then.

With that said, it could be argued that Stanton is better too, or at least just as good as they were at that time.

This should be a good match, but I think the Mustangs will find a way to win.

Stanton can't look beyond the Patriots though. The Mustangs have to be focused and not be looking ahead to the championship game, which could very well be against North Bend Central.

I think being so experienced and veteran laden will allow Stanton to be fully focused on Clarkson/Leigh, and will allow them to play well.

I think the Mustangs will be challenged and pushed to a 3rd set, or be pushed to two close sets, but I look for Stanton to find a way to win.

As good as the Patriots are I feel the Mustangs are even better.

What a showdown it would be between Stanton and North Bend Central in the Championship Game.

The Tigers are a great team, but so are the Mustangs, so it should be an exciting day of Volleyball all the way around.

There should be some really good Volleyball played at Logan View on Saturday, and fans will be treated to a real treat I think.

Stanton is no stranger to the big stage, and neither is North Bend Central, so it should be a great match between the two teams if they play.

First things first though, the Mustangs have to take care of business against Clarkson/Leigh.

First serve between Stanton and Clarkson/Leigh is slated for 2:15 p.m.
Pender loses to Oakland-Craig and Homer; goes 1-1 in first two East Husker Conference Tournament Games
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The Pender Volleyball Team is 1-3 in their last four matches, losing 3-0 at Oakland-Craig last Thursday night, 3-1 at home to Homer Tuesday night, and 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament at Wisner-Pilger Thursday night, before beating Logan View 2-0 in their second Conference Tournament match.

Oakland-Craig claimed the first set 25-22, the second set 25-16, and the third set 25-14.

Brittni Beckman paced the Pendragons with 11 kills while Sarah Krueger totaled 7.

Head Coach Kayla Brewer's team had just 5 service errors on the night. "Yeah usually I try to have even lower than that. Towards the end we started getting better. But Brittni Beckman really stepped up tonight. I've been waiting all season to kind of see a leader come out of her, and she really did tonight, and I'm really proud of her."

Homer won set one 25-23. and took sets three and four 25-22 and 25-21 after losing set two 25-18.

The Bulldogs downed the Pendragons 25-12 in the first set, and 25-6 in the second set.

Pender took set one 26-24 from the Raiders, and won set two 25-20.

The win over Logan View was nice and much needed for the Pendragons. It was the second time Pender has beat the Raiders this year.

The Pendragons (5-18) take on Twin River (12-12) in the 9th place bracket on Saturday.

The Titans lost 2-0 to Howells-Dodge and then received a bye in the tournament at North Bend Central Thursday night.

Twin River figures to be a tough and formidable foe for Pender.

The Pendragons are going to need to turn in their best performance of the year to win, there's no doubt about it.

It's one thing to beat Logan View, it's another to knock off the Titans.

Pender has to use this match as a momentum booster and a springboard into the rest of the regular season.

The Pendragons didn't go winless in this tournament so that definitely has to be a plus for Pender.

The Pendragons have to come out and be excited for the opportunity to have success on Saturday.

Pender has to wake up excited and be ready to go from the start.

The Pendragons have to find a way to make progress following the win over the Raiders. The last thing you want to do is take a few steps back.

Reason being then all that momentum you gained and progress you made would be all for nothing.

All of Pender's matches the rest of the regular season are against quality teams, but I think the Pendragons have a chance to hold their own and compete in these final regular season matches.

If Pender can take a set, or at least keep a set close against Twin River, it could be used as a momentum booster heading into the remaining regular season matches the Pendragons have.

I thought Pender showed a lot of heart, fight, determination, and resolve in coming back against Logan View the way they did.

The Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family loss couldn't have been easy to take by any means, but the Pendragons didn't pout and feel sorry for themselves. Instead...they did something about it.

We'll see what Pender does for an encore on Saturday.
Emerson-Hubbard swept by Wakefield
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The Emerson-Hubbard Volleyball Team lost 3-0 at Wakefield Tuesday night.

The Trojans took set one 25-16, set two 25-9, and set three 25-11.

I thought the Pirates did a decent job of competing in the first set. The other two sets didn't go as good as Emerson-Hubbard was hoping for though.

The Pirates (3-17) take part in the Hartington-Newcastle Invite on Saturday.

I don't know who's all in the tournament besides the host Wildcats, but I'm sure Emerson-Hubbard will be challenged regardless of who they play.

The Pirates have to find a will to win and compete.

Emerson-Hubbard has just had a tough season, and could really use something to go their way.

The Pirates are just 1-8 in their last 9 matches, but have to continue to fight on and press forward.

Emerson-Hubbard has to come ready to play on Saturday, and must take the fight to whoever they play.

The Pirates need to serve, pass, hit, and block aggressively and smartly, and serve receive well also.

Emerson-Hubbard has to play with fight, might, and a spark of energy.

The Pirates have to give it their all on Saturday, and make all teams they play earn their points.

Emerson-Hubbard has to be fundamentally sound, and limit mistakes.

Service and hitting errors need to be at a minimum for the Pirates to find success I would say.

If Emerson-Hubbard gives away free points then they are going to struggle, in my opinion.

If the Pirates commit few errors though then they should be in pretty good shape.

Emerson-Hubbard has to create their own momentum, and get things going on Saturday.

The Pirates have to do whatever they can to get their season headed in the right direction because time is running out.

The road isn't easy prior to the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament so Emerson-Hubbard has to do their best to get things going on Saturday so they have a better chance to turn in two competitive and good performances at their home Triangular against Winside and Hartington-Newcastle Tuesday night than if they don't get things going this weekend.
GACC loses to Pierce
2017-10-11T08:36














The GACC Volleyball team lost 3-1 at home to Pierce Tuesday night.

Pierce won set one 25-23 and set two 25-16 before GACC claimed set three 25-21. Pierce closed out the match with a 25-13 set four win.

Riley Throener had 10 kills and 10 digs while Bobbie Ortmeier registered 9 kills. Brooklyn Bailey added 8 kills while Ally Plagge totaled 23 digs. Kali Stratman compiled 21 digs and 24 set assists while Hanna Knobbe posted 20 digs.

Despite the loss I thought GACC competed hard and well at times.

The Bluejays (6-12) host Crofton (6-11) Thursday night.

The Warriors beat Creighton 3-0 at home Tuesday night.

Crofton has been kind of up and down, but has lost to some good teams.

The Warriors lost 3-2 at Pierce on September 14th if we're trying to compare the two teams based on how they did against Pierce.

This is a toss up match to me. It really depends on how well both teams show up and play.

I could see GACC winning, but I could also see Crofton leaving town with a hard earned victory.

This is an important match for the Bluejays as GACC needs to get something going prior to the Mid-State Conference Tournament.

I'm just kind of waiting for the Bluejays to get things going and turn it on, and perhaps GACC made some strides in making that happen Tuesday night.

The Bluejays need to make progress and play well this coming Thursday night. Starting off strong the way they did against Pierce, and finishing strong will be important, in my opinion.

I fully expect this match to go five, and perhaps GACC will find a way to win one of those this time.

There's a lot of pride and tradition in this Bluejay program, and you can never count GACC out until they are officially beat in the postseason.

It may sound crazy, but don't count the Bluejays out of state contention just yet.

If GACC can get by Clarkson/Leigh in Subdistricts they should have a good chance to make state.

I feel either the Bluejays or Patriots will represent themselves at state, it's just a matter of who comes out of that Subdistrict.

So what I'm saying is there's still time for GACC all the way until the postseason, but the Bluejays need to figure things out and get things going before it's too late.

It has been a trying year for GACC without a doubt, yet the Bluejays still have a chance to do something in the postseason given their tough schedule I would say.

The road to Lincoln is not easy, but if GACC can string a few wins together here at the end of the regular season, it might be enough momentum to carry the Bluejays to Lincoln and into the State Tournament.

A win over Crofton would be a good start in getting things on track and headed in the right direction.
BRLD sweeps Logan View; swept at home by North Bend Central
2017-10-11T08:19











The BRLD Volleyball Team swept Logan View 3-0 on the road last Tuesday night, before getting swept 3-0 at home by North Bend Central this past Tuesday night.

The Wolverines topped the Raiders 25-4 in set one, 25-16 in set two, and 25-20 in set three.

Vicki Gatzemeyer had 9 kills and 8 digs while Kelsey Larsen registered 10 blocks. Kelcee Bacon added 11 digs while Brandi Simonsen had 8. Tiahna Bonneau and Lauren Ahlers notched 16 and 9 set assists, respectively.

The Tigers defeated BRLD 25-12 in set one, 25-9 in set two, and 25-18 in set three.

Morgan Bonneau totaled 7 blocks while Gatzemeyer and Bacon registered 11 digs apiece. Simonsen recorded 10 digs while Tiahna Bonneau dished out 8 set assists.

I thought the Wolverines played a really good match against Logan View, and never gave up against North Bend Central.

BRLD (13-13) battles West Point-Beemer (12-10) in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament at Stanton at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Cadets lost 2-0 to Stanton, but beat Scribner-Snyder 2-1 at their home Triangular Tuesday night.

This is a toss up match if you ask me as I think both teams are about equal, and very talented.

There's a lot of talent on both sides of the net with West Point-Beemer probably having more experience.

That's not to say the Wolverines can't win, but BRLD might be at a slight disadvantage in that regard.

BRLD has to start fast and finish strong on Thursday.

The Wolverines have to start the way they did against the Raiders, and finish the way they did against the Tigers.

It's all about BRLD becoming consistently good.

So far, the Wolverines have been up and down this season, and inconsistent, in my opinion.

Either way BRLD should be able to go at least 1-1 on Thursday, but a win over the Cadets and a loss to Stanton looks better than a loss to West Point-Beemer and a win over Madison.

I think the Wolverines getting the 10 seed simply shows how deep this conference is.

I feel there's not much separation between the 6 through 10 seed in this tournament.

I think BRLD has a tough draw, but it could be tougher.

At least the Wolverines avoid playing North Bend Central again until the championship should BRLD somehow make it that far.

If you're the Wolverines you just want the chance to upset Stanton.

Playing the Mustangs in the second round will be a lot more exciting and motivating than playing the Dragons.

I'm sure the goal is to take care of business against whoever you play, but you know BRLD wants Stanton before Madison.

The Wolverines are definitely going to have to earn their points and a win over the Cadets should they get it.

Gatzemeyer, Larsen, Tiahna and Morgan Bonneau, Simonsen, Bacon, and Ahlers all need to have great performances and matches for BRLD on Thursday.
West Point-Beemer goes 2-1 at Wisner-Pilger Invite: splits home Triangular
2017-10-11T08:00











The West Point-Beemer Volleyball Team went 2-1 at the Wisner-Pilger Invite on Saturday, losing 2-0 to O'Neill, but beating Neligh-Oakdale 2-1 and Norfolk Catholic 2-0. The Cadets lost 2-0 to Stanton at their home Triangular Tuesday night before topping Scribner-Snyder 2-1.

The Eagles won sets one and two 25-15.

The Cadets took sets one and two 25-20 from the Knights.

The Warriors won the first set 25-20 before West Point-Beemer took the second set 25-16, and the third set 25-10.

The Mustangs defeated the Cadets 25-9 in set one, and 25-14 in set two.

Nicole Mitzel had 3 kills to pace West Point-Beemer.

In the Scribner-Snyder/West Point-Beemer match, the Cadets took set one 25-11 and set three 25-15 after the Trojans claimed set two 25-23.

Mitzel led all players with 14 kills while Brooke Haase totaled 10.

Head Coach Conley Straight. "Kind of come out a little flat against Stanton. With that, kind of not the energy that we were expecting. Especially a team against Stanton, one of the top teams in the state. With that, kind of have to have a little more energy than we came out. But I thought we bounced back well against Scribner-Snyder, and with that, came out with a team that we were hoping to see in both matches." 

West Point-Beemer (12-10) faces BRLD (13-13) in Stanton at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament.

The Wolverines lost 3-0 at home to North Bend Central Tuesday night.

This is a toss up match, in my opinion, but one the Cadets can definitely win.

This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season, and it should be a great one.

West Point-Beemer has to do their best to try and contain Vicki Gatzemeyer.

She is capable of going off on the Cadets, and West Point-Beemer has to be aware of her at all times.

Mitzel, Haase, Makenna Weddle, Lizbeth Inzunza, Brittney Hinkel, and others, need to have big matches for the Cadets.

West Point-Beemer isn't doing bad this year, but the Cadets have a lot of talent, and have the potential to beat the Wolverines and challenge the Mustangs in the second match of the night should both teams get that far I would say.

I think West Point-Beemer would probably like another shot at Stanton. I'm sure the Cadets feel they're a better team than what they showed against the Mustangs Tuesday night.

Stanton is the real deal and will be very tough to beat on their home court, but if you're West Point-Beemer, you just want the chance to play the Mustangs again.

Sure the Cadets can probably go 1-1 regardless of how they do their first match, but a win over BRLD and a loss to Stanton looks a lot better than a loss to BRLD and a win over Madison.

West Point-Beemer has to come out and have fun, and just play their game on Thursday.

The Cadets have to start over so to speak.

West Point-Beemer has a lot of winnable matches prior to Subdistricts, and need to start playing good, consistent Volleyball to earn a high seed in the postseason.

Now would be the time for the Cadets to make a run and get well above .500.

I think slowly but surely West Point-Beemer is on their way to becoming a team that finishes more than a game above .500, but this tournament and the Cadets' last three regular season matches will be critical to West Point-Beemer's chances of doing just that.

The Cadets are trying to build their program and have success for years to come, and having a good showing at and representing yourselves well at the Conference Tournament is important in making that happen.
Scribner-Snyder drops both matches of West Point-Beemer Triangular
2017-10-11T07:42














The Scribner-Snyder Volleyball Team lost 2-0 to Stanton and 2-1 to West Point-Beemer at the West Point-Beemer Triangular Tuesday night.

The Mustangs knocked off the Trojans 25-8 in the first set, and 25-13 in the second set.

Kaylee Boyle paced Scribner-Snyder with 3 kills and 18 set assists.

In the Scribner-Snyder/West Point-Beemer match, the Cadets took set one 25-11 and set three 25-15 after the Trojans claimed set two 25-23.

Boyle recorded 10 kills and 7 set assists for Scribner-Snyder while Emily Lewin added 8 digs.

Head Coach Shelly Schulenberg on the losses. "We have not been playing our best ball for oh about a week or so. We were off for more than a week, and that really hurt us I think. We got to try and figure out something different in that schedule so that we're not off for almost a week and-a-half without playing a game. So that was definitely not to our advantage."

Scribner-Snyder (8-9) is in action on Thursday at the East Husker Conference Tournament, taking on Tekamah-Herman (14-9) at Clarkson/Leigh at 4:30 p.m.

The Tigers lost 3-1 at Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

Tekamah-Herman is a very tough team that has lost to some quality teams, but don't count out Scribner-Snyder.

The Tigers beat West Point-Beemer 3-2 while the Cadets downed the Trojans 2-1 so I think Scribner-Snyder at least has the potential to compete with Tekamah-Herman.

The Trojans may not win, but Scribner-Snyder should have a good chance to win their second match of the night if they can't knock off the Tigers.

Kaylee and Nicole Boyle, and Lewin, need to have big matches for the Trojans if they hope to upset the Tigers.

Scribner-Snyder has dropped three in a row, and it's simply time to get back on track.

Having a long layoff definitely hurt the Trojans, but now Scribner-Snyder is back in game shape, and should be ready to go.

I think the Trojans will represent themselves very well on Thursday, and play well in both matches.

I think Scribner-Snyder will compete in all or most sets, and make life difficult on whoever they play.

If Tekamah-Herman beats the Trojans it won't be because of a lack of effort or execution on Scribner-Snyder's part I would say.

It will be simply because the Tigers made more plays, and played better.

Execution is very critical for the Trojans. Scribner-Snyder has to serve, hit, pass, block, and serve receive at a high level and with a high percentage.

The Trojans must play with fire, passion, tenacity, grit, as well as physical and mental toughness.

Scribner-Snyder has to be tougher and want it more than Tekamah-Herman.

The Trojans need to play with a sense of urgency and purpose, and play aggressive, yet smart Volleyball.

Scribner-Snyder is very capable of playing well on Thursday, and if the Trojans play their best match and the Tigers have an off match, perhaps Scribner-Snyder can win.

It won't be easy, but anything is possible. The Trojans just have to believe in themselves and one another.
Tekamah-Herman loses to North Bend Central and Wisner-Pilger
2017-10-11T07:28














The Tekamah-Herman Volleyball Team lost 3-0 at North Bend Central Thursday night, and 3-1 at Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

North Bend Central swept Tekamah-Herman 25-23 in set one, 25-16 in set two, and 25-11 in set three.

Wisner-Pilger earned a 25-17 set one win over the Tigers. Tekamah-Herman bounced back to win set two 26-24 before the Gators took set three 25-8, and set four 25-17.

Two tough matches and breaks for the Tigers. Tekamah-Herman competed well in some ways, but maybe not in others I would say.

The Tigers (14-9) battle Scribner-Snyder (8-9) in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament at Clarkson/Leigh Thursday afternoon.

The Trojans lost 2-0 to Stanton, and 2-1 to West Point-Beemer at the West Point-Beemer Triangular Tuesday night.

Scribner-Snyder is a solid team, but hasn't played a lot of matches lately.

I think this match could be pretty competitive, but I like Tekamah-Herman to win and advance.

I think the Tigers could pull off a big upset of Clarkson/Leigh perhaps too.

I think Tekamah-Herman got a good draw, and has a good chance to make some noise on Thursday.

The Tigers ought to feel pretty good and confident about their chances even though they're coming off two losses.

Scribner-Snyder is a D-2 school while Clarkson/Leigh is D-1 so advantage Tekamah-Herman with the Tigers being a C-1 school.

The Patriots are a very nice team, but I would say North Bend Central and Wisner-Pilger are better.

Tekamah-Herman is a battle tested team, and I'm just saying don't sleep on the Tigers.

Clarkson/Leigh and Stanton could very well meet in the Semifinals, but I think Tekamah-Herman will have something to say about it if Oakland-Craig doesn't.

Out of the all the matches and potential upsets I see the Tigers over the Patriots as being the most likely, along with Wisner-Pilger over North Bend Central perhaps.

Stanton got a really good draw while I think the other side of the bracket is tougher.

This should be an interesting tournament, and I think Tekamah-Herman has a chance to be a factor and do something.

Even if the Tigers don't beat Clarkson/Leigh, I fully expect Tekamah-Herman to compete right with and give the Patriots a scare.

I think the Tigers are a very tough team that has competed well throughout the course of the season, and I look for Tekamah-Herman to continue their prowess on Thursday.

The Tigers have to be excited and very motivated with the opportunity they could be given.

Tekamah-Herman has to worry about taking care of business against Scribner-Snyder first, but if the Tigers knock off the Trojans, then look out for Tekamah-Herman in the next match.
Oakland-Craig beats Pender and Logan View; falls to Fremont Bergan
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The Oakland-Craig Volleyball team avenged an early season loss to Pender Thursday night, sweeping the Pendragons 3-0 at home. Oakland-Craig then downed Logan View 2-0, but lost 2-0 to Fremont Bergan at the Logan View Triangular Tuesday night.

The Knights claimed the first set against Pender, 25-22, the second set 25-16, and the third set 25-14.

Natalia McNeill led all players with 12 kills while Kennedy Benne posted 7.

Head Coach Chelsey Quigley. "We have gone through some struggles this year. And at the beginning of the year things weren't quite clicking like we wanted. And we went through a lot of injuries. And we still had one of our starting defensive specialists sick tonight, so she couldn't play, but I was very proud of the way the girls played, and how they worked in those different positions, and came out on top."

The Knights had just 3 service errors on the night. "Yes and that was something that we were fighting big time at the beginning of the year. And I think they're finally getting that mental toughness where they can step back there and really have confidence to get that ball over and in aggressively," Quigley said.

Bergan topped Oakland-Craig 25-9 in sets one and two.

The Knights defeated the Raiders 25-17 in the first set, and 25-23 in the second set.

Oakland-Craig has raised their level of play and is playing better Volleyball in many ways right now I would say.

The Knights (4-21) take on Clarkson/Leigh (17-7) in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament at Clarkson/Leigh Thursday night.

The Patriots went 2-1 at the Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tournament on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Howells-Dodge, but beating the host Bulldogs and Twin River 2-0.

Oakland-Craig fell 2-0 to Clarkson/Leigh at the Clarkson/Leigh Tournament on September 30th.

I think the Knights are a better team now than they were at that time since they have Benne back, but the Patriots are still an awfully tough team.

Oakland-Craig can definitely pull the upset, but Oakland-Craig has to play better than they did the first time these two teams met, and against Bergan Tuesday night.

Only Oakland-Craig's best effort is going to yield them a win I would say.

Perhaps the Knights can be the EHC spoiler though. Oakland-Craig is a very low seed, but upsets can happen at anytime in the sport of Volleyball, and in any sport for that matter.

The Knights have to minimize their hitting and service errors, and must make good, smart passes, while serving at a high level.

Serve receiving well is also important for Oakland-Craig, in my opinion.

Blocking and denying Clarkson/Leigh's hitters at the net will also be critical for the Knights I would say.

Oakland-Craig has to play aggressive and smart.

The Knights really have nothing to lose, but have to play with a level head at the same time.

All the pressure should squarely be on the Patriots. Oakland-Craig shouldn't feel any pressure whatsoever.

What hurts the Knights though is that they're young whereas Clarkson/Leigh is veteran laden and experienced.

So Oakland-Craig definitely has an uphill battle in this match, but the Knights are more than capable of shocking the conference and shaking things up in the tournament.

It won't be easy, but Oakland-Craig has nothing to lose, so we'll see if the Knights can put together a big match, and pull the upset.

Oakland-Craig will play either Tekamah-Herman or Scribner-Snyder depending how they fare against the Patriots.
Wisner-Pilger continues to roll
2017-10-11T06:41









The Wisner-Pilger Volleyball Team continues to play great Volleyball as the Gators went 3-0 at the Wisner-Pilger Invite on Saturday, topping St. Paul 2-1, Wynot 2-0, and Allen 2-0. Wisner-Pilger knocked off a tough Tekamah-Herman team 3-1 at home Tuesday night.

The Gators topped the Eagles 25-9 in set one, and 25-21 in set two.

Maci Batenhorst led the way with 9 kills while Jordan Wegner and Lauren Jacobsen registered 7 apiece. Jacobsen added 15 set assists.

Wisner-Pilger swept the Blue Devils 25-10 in the first set, and 25-19 in the second set.

Batenhorst had a team-high 10 kills while Wegner and Jacobsen totaled 8 each. Jacobsen and Ariel Meyer dished out 13 and 9 set assists, respectively.

The Gators claimed set one from the Wildcats, 25-21, and after dropping set two 25-18, won set three 25-20.

Batenhorst spearheaded the Wisner-Pilger effort, notching 13 kills and 8 digs. Wegner chipped in 7 kills and 10 digs. Ashton Meyer contributed 10 digs with Jacobsen registering 9 digs and 14 set assists. Karrin Jindra compiled 8 digs while Ariel Meyer managed 11 set assists.

Wisner-Pilger earned a 25-17 set one win over the Tigers. Tekamah-Herman bounced back to win set two 26-24 before the Gators took set three 25-8, and set four 25-17.

Wegner led Wisner-Pilger with 19 kills and 10 digs while Batenhorst recorded 14 kills and 9 digs. Cassidy Dixon added 14 digs with Ashton Meyer contributing 12. Jacobsen chipped in 9 digs and 33 set assists while Ariel Meyer posted 10 set assists.

The Gators are playing amazing Volleyball right now, in my opinion. The win over St. Paul was an absolute huge win, there's no doubt about it.

Wisner-Pilger (17-6) takes on Logan View (5-18) in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament Thursday night.

The Raiders lost 2-0 to Fremont Bergan and Oakland-Craig at their home Triangular Tuesday night.

Logan View has given teams scares and competed well for the most part this season so the Gators have to watch out for the Raiders.

I'm sure the Gators are planning on matches against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and perhaps North Bend Central, but Wisner-Pilger has to get by Logan View first.

If the Gators play the way they have lately I don't see any way they lose.

Wegner, Batenhorst, both Meyers, Jacobsen, Dixon, and Jindra have all been solid contributors for Wisner-Pilger in the last week, and need to keep it up.

There has been a big change in the Gators' play over the last few weeks or so, and in a good way.

Wisner-Pilger is playing the type of Volleyball you want to be playing this time of year. Now it's simply a matter of continuing to play well and maximizing your potential if you are the Gators.

Wisner-Pilger has a tough road in this tournament, but I think the Gators are strong enough mentally and physically to handle the challenge.

Both Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and North Bend Central will be very tough should the Gators see both teams, and so Wisner-Pilger has to be ready to go in those matches from the get go if and when they happen.

The Gators should only be focused on Logan View right now though. The Raiders should be the only team on Wisner-Pilger's minds until after the match is over.

This is one of those matches you want to sweep if you're the Gators so you're not playing an extra set before your second match of the night.

Wisner-Pilger needs to save their energy for their second match of the night, so coming out and playing hard, and taking care of business against Logan View, is of the utmost importance Thursday night.

The Gators have as good a chance as anyone to do damage in this EHC Tournament, in my opinion, and need to come out and play superb Volleyball and be on top of their game Thursday night.

One loss Thursday night puts Wisner-Pilger out of the running for the championship so the Gators have to be on top of their game and ready to go no matter who they're playing.

Wisner-Pilger has to make the most of their opportunities, and advance to Saturday unscathed if at all possible.
Logan View drops both matches of home Triangular
2017-10-11T06:14










The Logan View Volleyball team dropped both of their matches at their home Triangular Tuesday night, falling 2-0 to Fremont Bergan and Oakland-Craig.

Bergan took set one 25-12, and set two 25-6.

Oakland-Craig claimed the first set 25-17, and the second set 25-23.

I'm sure the Raiders probably feel they could of and should of been more competitive against both teams. Logan View competed against Oakland-Craig, in my opinion, but easily could of won the match, or at least taken a set I would say.

The Raiders (5-18) take on Wisner-Pilger (17-6) in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament at Wisner Thursday night.

The Gators knocked off Tekamah-Herman 3-1 at home Tuesday night.

This certainly won't be an easy match for Wisner-Pilger, but upsets happen all the time.

If memory serves me correct, Clarkson/Leigh upset Logan View/Scribner-Snyder in the first round of the Boys Basketball EHC Tournament two years ago, so upsets can happen, and the Raiders are certainly capable of making it happen Thursday night.

What is working against Logan View though is the Gators are 12-3 in their last 15 matches.

Wisner-Pilger is on fire right now, and the Raiders struggled Tuesday night, in my opinion.

Logan View needs to get back to their competitive ways, and at least make a set close against the Gators.

The Raiders had been consistently making a set of every match close as of late up until the Fremont Bergan match so I know Logan View can definitely get back to that.

Slowing down the likes of Jordan Wegner, Maci Batenhorst, and Ariel Meyer will be super critical, in my opinion.

Those three are arguably Wisner-Pilger's three best players, and they contribute a lot in the stat column, along with Lauren Jacobsen.

The Gators are a very tough team, there's no doubt about it, and it's going to take an extraordinary effort from Logan View to pull off the upset.

Wisner-Pilger is a program to model yours after so the Raiders have to take note of the way the Gators do things, and perhaps try to incorporate some of the philosophies and ideologies into their play.

Wisner-Pilger has a winning philosophy, a philosophy that has worked for a long time, and one that has the Gators going and streaking right now.

It will be tough for Logan View to stop the momentum Wisner-Pilger has on their side right now, but it's the East Husker Conference Tournament and anything can happen.

The biggest things for the Raiders are being confident and not afraid, in my opinion.

Logan View has to make Wisner-Pilger earn their points, and must not go down without a fight.

The Raiders have to execute in all areas of the game, and not beat themselves and give away easy points to the Gators.

Logan View can't get down on themselves after mistakes either. Everything needs to remain upbeat and positive throughout the match.
Clarkson/Leigh loses at Humphrey St. Francis; goes 2-1 at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tournament
2017-10-10T07:39









The Clarkson/Leigh Volleyball Team is 2-2 in their last four matches, losing 3-0 at Humphrey St. Francis Thursday night, and 2-1 to Howells-Dodge at the Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tournament on Saturday, before beating the host Bulldogs and Twin River 2-0.

The Flyers took set one 25-15, set two 25-21, and set three 26-24.

Paige Moore led the way with 10 kills while Sydney Folken and Ashlynn Novotny registered 9 and 8, respectively. Kaegan Held added 10 digs and 28 set assists while Brittney Urbanek notched 8 digs. Beth Wiese and Sara McEvoy recorded 7 each.

In the Howells-Dodge match, the Patriots won set one 25-20, but the Jaguars took set two 25-9, and set three 25-17.

Clarkson/Leigh downed the Titans 25-21 in the first set, and 25-22 in the second set.

The Patriots beat the Bulldogs 25-21 in set one, and 25-23 in set two.

I thought Clarkson/Leigh did a great job beating Twin River and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family. Those two teams are pretty good. The Patriots appear to have gotten back on track.

Clarkson/Leigh (17-7) takes on Oakland-Craig (4-19) at home in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament Thursday night.

The Knights swept Pender 3-0 at home Thursday night.

The Patriots should be able to win this match although they need to be wary of an upset.

Clarkson/Leigh swept Oakland-Craig 2-0 at the Clarkson/Leigh Tournament last Saturday, and that should help the Patriots in terms of confidence.

Clarkson/Leigh has already defeated the Knights once so I don't see why they can't do it again.

Tekamah-Herman could be a threat to the Patriots' EHC Tournament success chances, but Clarkson/Leigh can worry about the Tigers if and when they get to them.

The Patriots must come out and establish a dominant presence Thursday night.

Clarkson/Leigh is definitely capable of doing well in this tournament, and quite honestly should have a good showing.

The Patriots are the #3 seed, and I look for Clarkson/Leigh to do some damage in this tournament.

Teams will definitely be gunning for the Patriots, but the way Clarkson/Leigh played in the two matches they won on Saturday has to give the Patriots promise and hope.

Clarkson/Leigh has to be tough minded, and must take the fight to their opponents in this tournament.

I'm sure the Patriots would like a rematch with Stanton in the semifinals, but there's a lot of work to be done before that match happens.

Clarkson/Leigh has to take things one match at a time, and can't get too ahead of themselves.

The Patriots have to be focused, energized, ready, and prepared on every serve of every set.

Clarkson/Leigh can't get caught looking ahead. The Patriots have to respect and take care of each opponent they play.

Clarkson/Leigh has a real chance to make a statement in this tournament, in my opinion, and has to make the most of that opportunity.

Thursday's match is set to start at 6:00 p.m.
Howells-Dodge goes 1-2 at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tournament
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The Howells-Dodge Volleyball team went 1-2 at the Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tournament on Saturday, beating Clarkson/Leigh 2-1, but losing 2-0 to Twin River and the host Bulldogs.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family beat the Jaguars 25-15 in the first set, and 25-16 in the second set.

Macey Kulhanek notched 9 digs while Alyssa Coufal totaled 13 set assists.

The Titans downed Howells-Dodge 25-16 in set one, and 25-21 in set two.

Coufal notched 10 set assists.

The Patriots won set one 25-20, but the Jaguars took set two 25-9, and set three 25-17.

Erin Prusa led the way with 11 kills while Jessi Brester added 8. Taya VanLengen and Grace Dvorak chipped in 7 apiece while Kulhanek registered 13 digs. VanLengen and Grace Kreikemeier totaled 9 apiece. Coufal dished out 33 set assists.

Howells-Dodge did a nice job beating Clarkson/Leigh, but could of and should of done better in their other two matches, in my opinion.

The Jaguars (12-10) face Twin River (12-11) in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament in North Bend Thursday evening.

The Titans went 2-1 at the Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tournament on Saturday.

I think Howells-Dodge can definitely win this time around.

The Jaguars have to be better than they were on Saturday though.

Howells-Dodge is better and can play better than they did, and I'm sure they know that.

The winner gets the daunting task of taking on North Bend Central, but the loser gets a bye and one less match so the Jaguars want this one bad I'm sure.

Howells-Dodge has to play like they did against Clarkson/Leigh. The Jaguars can be a pretty good team if they play like that on a consistent basis.

Something about the Patriots, probably being a rival, seemed to bring out the best in Howells-Dodge, and somehow, someway...the Jaguars have to find that strength and energy every time they take to the floor.

Howells-Dodge has two challenging matches following the Conference Tournament so now is the time to play well and step things up if you are the Jaguars.

Not much time is left for Howells-Dodge to get back on track and get things headed in the right direction again.

The Jaguars must play with a sense of urgency and purpose on Thursday.

Howells-Dodge has to play like their season is on the line because we're getting pretty close to the time where that's the case.

The Jaguars have to come out and play fired up, aggressive, and flat out angry on Thursday.

Howells-Dodge has to be motivated and upset given what happened against the Titans on Saturday, and has to want to right the ship.

The Jaguars have to execute in all facets of the game, and do the things necessary to win the match.

Howells-Dodge has to do everything humanly possible to come away with the victory.

First serve is set for 5:30 p.m. in North Bend.
Winnebago splits Allen Triangular; loses to Omaha Christian Academy at home
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The Winnebago Volleyball Team lost 2-0 to Allen, but beat Whiting, Iowa 2-0 at the Allen Triangular Tuesday night before falling 3-0 at home to Omaha Christian Academy Thursday night.

Allen downed Winnebago 25-20 in set one, and 25-9 in set two.

The Indians defeated Whiting, Iowa 25-20 in sets one and two.

The Eagles knocked off Winnebago 28-26 in set one, 25-21 in set two, and 25-23 in set three.

I thought the Indians competed well, and made things close, interesting, and competitive against all three schools.

Winnebago (7-14) travels to Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (6-14) to take on the Bears Thursday night.

The Bears won 3-1 at Bloomfield Thursday night.

The Indians have a shot to win this match, in my opinion.

Winnebago will have had entire week to prepare for Laurel-Concord-Coleridge while the Bears play on Saturday.

The Indians have to take advantage of the extra practice time, and get revved up for this game.

Winnebago has made a lot of strides since last season, and is having a decent year by many accounts.

And I think a win over Laurel-Concord-Coleridge would be the Indians' biggest victory of the season.

Winnebago has to be positive, and must have a positive, contagious attitude that leads to great results.

The Indians have to rally around each other in practice and turn in solid efforts prior to this match.

You play like you practice, and that Winnebago is certainly no exception to that theory.

The Indians need to have good practices before they take the court on Thursday.

Winnebago has some very winnable matches on the horizon, and has to take advantage of the opportunities in front of them.

The Indians are already better than they were last year I would say, but there's still wins out there to be had for Winnebago.

The Indians aren't done just yet. There's too much left in the season for Winnebago to be satisfied with what they've done.

The Indians have to want more, and it must show in their attitude and play on the court in practice and in matches.

I really think Winnebago has a shot to go on a little run here before season's end. The Indians may win their next three matches or they may lose them all it just depends on how well they perform and how badly they want it.
Emerson-Hubbard splits Wynot Triangular; loses at home to Homer
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The Emerson-Hubbard Volleyball Team split the Wynot Triangular Tuesday night, beating Walthill 2-0, but losing 2-0 to the host Blue Devils. The Pirates also lost 3-1 at home to Homer Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils topped the Pirates 25-11 in set one, and 25-22 in set two.

Emerson-Hubbard defeated the Blujays 25-16 in the first set, and 25-23 in the second set.

The Knights won set one 25-16 before losing set two 27-25. Homer took set three 25-20, and set four 25-21.

Tough break losing to the Knights after beating them earlier in the year, but I thought the Pirates did a nice job topping Walthill.

Emerson-Hubbard (3-16) travels to Wakefield (6-12) to take on the Trojans Tuesday night.

Wakefield lost 3-0 at Ponca this past Tuesday night.

I think the Pirates have an opportunity to compete in this match, and maybe win it.

Emerson-Hubbard has shown some fight and competitiveness lately, and I think the Pirates can hold their own in this match.

The Trojans aren't a huge powerhouse or anything so I think Emerson-Hubbard has the potential to do well in this match.

Even if the Pirates don't win I think they can keep the sets close and perhaps take a set or two.

Emerson-Hubbard has to come out and play with pride, passion, fire, tenacity, grit, mental and physical toughness, as well as school spirit.

The Pirates have to be proud to dawn the purple and gold uniforms they wear, and play for each other and the betterment of the team.

Not that Emerson-Hubbard is playing for themselves or as individuals, but the closer this team can be the better they will play, in my opinion.

The Pirates have to keep chugging along and maturing and growing as young ladies and players.

Emerson-Hubbard has to keep showing improvement and the promise that they will be better in the future.

It hasn't been the type of season the Pirates were hoping for I'm sure, but there's still time left to do something, although the schedule is pretty tough after Wakefield.

Emerson-Hubbard just has to maximize their abilities and play up to their potential. The Pirates have to keep battling and fighting hard no matter what the odds, and give themselves an opportunity to have success from here on out.

Nothing can be done about past matches so Emerson-Hubbard has to simply move forward, and keep growing and improving every time they take to the floor.

This match with the Trojans Tuesday night is another opportunity to learn, grow, improve, and pick up a win.
Wisner-Pilger sweeps GACC Triangular
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The Wisner-Pilger Volleyball Team swept the GACC Triangular Thursday night, downing the host Bluejays 2-0 and Lutheran High Northeast 2-1.

The Gators topped the Bluejays 25-19 in set one, and 25-20 in set two.

Jordan Wegner had 10 kills and 7 digs while Ariel Meyer totaled 8 digs. Lauren Jacobsen added 17 set assists.

The Eagles won the first set 25-21 before Wisner-Pilger claimed the second set 25-23, and the third set 25-22.

Wegner notched 12 kills and 10 digs while Maci Batenhorst registered 11 kills. Jacobsen added 9 kills, 10 digs, and 20 set assists while Meyer notched 17 blocks, 17 digs, and 10 set assists.

This was a big Triangular win for the Gators. Wisner-Pilger turned in two very good performances.

The Gators (13-6) take part in the Wisner-Pilger Invite on Saturday.

Up first for Wisner-Pilger is Allen (9-11).

The Eagles lost 3-0 at home to Hartington-Newcastle Thursday night.

This should be a win for the Gators.

Wisner-Pilger is peaking at the right time as they've won 6 out of their last 7. I really look for the Gators to do well in this tournament.

Wisner-Pilger has this match and a difficult match with Tekamah-Herrman on Tuesday prior to the East Husker Conference Tournament.

If anything, these matches before the Conference Tournament will help prepare the Gators for what they're going to see there.

I think Wisner-Pilger could be a sleeper and a darkhorse in the conference tournament, and could make some noise.

It wouldn't shock me to see the Gators pull off a big upset in the Conference Tournament.

First things first though, Wisner-Pilger has to worry about Saturday.

West Point-Beemer and O'Neill are also in this tournament, and figure to be tough teams.

The Gators have to play the way they have been lately, and if they do that, they should be just fine.

Wisner-Pilger is peaking at the right time, and it's so good to see the Gators playing their best Volleyball towards the end of the season.

There's still work left to be done, and Wisner-Pilger still has things to accomplish before season's end, but the Gators have to be happy with where they are at right now.

If anything Wisner-Pilger is probably pretty excited and revved up for this tournament and all their other matches down the line.

The success the Gators have had lately should give them a jolt of confidence and momentum that lasts a while I would say.