Northeast Nebraska Volleyball
Wisner-Pilger finishes 2-1 at Wisner-Pilger September Classic
The Wisner-Pilger Volleyball Team went 2-1 at the Wisner-Pilger September Classic on Saturday, topping Pierce 2-0 and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 2-1 before losing 2-0 to Chambers/Wheeler Central.
The Gators defeated the Bluejays 25-19 in set one and 25-22 in set two.
Erin McGuire had 11 set assists while Adi Meyer posted 7.
Wisner-Pilger won set one over the Bears 25-19, and took set three 25-22 while dropping set two 25-22.
Jordan Wegner finished with 11 kills, 8 ace serves, and 10 digs while Aspin Waterman totaled 7 kills and 10 digs. Meyer notched 8 digs while Reagan Scholting had 7. Emily Hatterman dished out 12 set assists while McGuire totaled 7.
The Renegades claimed the first set 25-17, and the second set 25-19.
McGuire tallied 8 set assists.
I thought the Gators played really good Volleyball against Pierce and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge. I felt Wisner-Pilger could of played better against CWC though.
The Gators (9-6) take on Madison (2-8) and BRLD (8-10) at their home Double Triangular Tuesday night.
The Dragons went 1-2 at the Classic on Saturday, losing 2-0 to Pierce and CWC, but beating Homer 2-1.
The Wolverines, on the other hand, swept Emerson-Hubbard and Winnebago 2-0 at the Winnebago Triangular Tuesday night.
I think BRLD is going to be very tough for Wisner-Pilger, but the Gators should have no trouble beating Madison.
The Wolverines have won 4 out of their last 5 and appear to be playing their best Volleyball of the season right now.
BRLD is hot at the moment, and has really picked things up as of late.
I feel Wisner-Pilger picked up things some on Saturday, and will need to pick things up even more Tuesday night if they hope to knock off the Wolverines.
The Gators need the same type of production they got from everyone against Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.
Wisner-Pilger really stepped up in that match and came through when it mattered most I feel.
The Gators will need to come through in the clutch again to knock off BRLD.
Wisner-Pilger has a good chance to win both of these matches, in my opinion.
If the Gators play up to their potential and capabilities I feel they've got a good shot to take both matches.
Wisner-Pilger has played a lot of matches lately, but the Gators have a long layoff after this so should come out firing on all cylinders ready to go.
Wisner-Pilger will have an entire week and then some to recuperate after Tuesday so the Gators have to go out there and give it all they got.
Wisner-Pilger can't hold anything back Tuesday night. The Gators have to go out there and let it rip and be determined to win.
Wisner-Pilger has to play with the heart of a champion, and take the fight to both BRLD and Madison.
Wisner-Pilger splits Pender and Battle Creek Triangulars
The Wisner-Pilger Volleyball Team is 2-2 in their last four matches, having lost 2-0 to Stanton before rebounding to beat Pender 2-1 at the Pender Triangular Tuesday night, and then losing 2-0 to Battle Creek and beating Crofton 2-1 at the Battle Creek Triangular Thursday night.
The Mustangs defeated the Gators 25-17 in set one and 25-9 in set two.
Emily Hatterman posted 7 set assists.
Wisner-Pilger took set one from the Pendragons 25-12, and won set three 25-15 after losing set two 25-21.
Jordan Wegner had 16 kills while Rachel Otten registered 9. Hatterman added 8 digs and 28 set assists.
The Warriors took set one from the Gators 25-14, but Wisner-Pilger won set two 25-22 and set three 25-17.
Wegner posted 11 kills while Reagan Scholting had 18 digs. Hatterman chipped in 8 set assists.
The Braves defeated the Gators 25-19 in set one, and 28-26 in set two.
Wegner and Scholting had 12 and 7 digs, respectively, while Erin McGuire totaled 13 set assists.
Kind of a struggle still for Wisner-Pilger although I thought the Gators started to get back to form some in set two against Battle Creek.
The Gators (7-5) take part in the Wisner-Pilger September Classic on Saturday.
The host Gators went 2-1 in this tournament last year, and I feel Wisner-Pilger can have success in it again this year.
The Gators are at home on Saturday and on Tuesday so perhaps returning to the friendly confines of the Swamp will help Wisner-Pilger return to form.
I look for the Gators to go out there and just play ball on Saturday.
Wisner-Pilger can't think of things too much, the Gators just have to go out there and play and execute.
I'm looking at this tournament as the tournament that gets Wisner-Pilger back on track and things headed back in the right direction.
I look for it to be a good and successful day of Volleyball for the Gators.
If Wisner-Pilger can finish 2-1 or better I think that would be a good day.
The ultimate goal of course is to win the tournament, but if the Gators can play at a high level throughout then I think that could create some positive vibes and momentum even if they don't win it.
Wisner-Pilger just has to be loose and must go out there and be on top of their game.
If the Gators can start off the tournament with a win I think that will allow the rest of the day to go well.
If Wisner-Pilger starts with a loss then it will take a lot of encouragement and mental and physical toughness to get back up on that horse and bounce back.
The Gators have to come out on fire, and must get back to playing the type of Volleyball they played in the early part of the season.
Wisner-Pilger has to take pride in their play and want to do well, and I think that will be the case on Saturday.
I look for the Gators to string some wins together prior to the Lutheran High Northeast Triangular on October 4th with host Eagles and GACC.
This is a perfect and opportune time for Wisner-Pilger to get back on track, and I look for that to happen on Saturday.
GACC 3-2 in last five matches
The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Volleyball Team is 3-2 in their last five matches, falling 3-0 at Wayne last Tuesday night and 3-1 at home to O'Neill last Thursday night in action heard on 107.9 the Bull before downing Homer 3-0 at home Tuesday night and Arlington and Oakland-Craig 2-0 at the Oakland-Craig Triangular Thursday night.
The Blue Devils won set one 25-23, set two 25-14, and set three 25-21.
Sophia Hass had 14 kills and 12 digs while Hanna Knobbe totaled 31 digs. Reece Snodgrass posted 11 digs and 16 set assists while Ally Plagge and Meghan Brunsing notched 10 digs and 11 set assists, respectively.
In the O'Neill match, things started off promising for Central Catholic, who took set one 25-13.
The Eagles took control from there, however, winning set two 25-13, and sets three and four 25-21.
Head Coach Kate Hagemann says her team's mental toughness has to be better. "At some point you hope that we start to improve a little bit. I think we have it in us physically. I know we have the skills, and I know we have what it takes to continue to improve and get better. Right now I think it's a lot of mental, and we're just mentally weak right now, and mentally weak teams don't find ways to win. And right now we're finding ways to lose and hurt ourselves and make a lot of errors. And at some point we just talked about after the game they'll have to make that decision. We have to practice harder, we got to warm up harder, we got to play harder, and if we do those things I know that each of the girls have it within them to be a better player."
Hass led the Bluejays with a team-high 13 kills and 18 digs while Evelyn Wooldrik notched 8 kills. Knobbe finished with 24 digs while Snodgrass had 14 digs and 14 set assists. Plagge registered 14 digs while Brunsing added 7 digs and 10 set assists.
GACC downed Homer 25-10 in set one, 25-18 in set two, and 25-8 in set three.
Hass finished with 9 kills and 18 digs while Brooklyn Bailey recorded 8 kills. Knobbe chipped in 22 digs while Snodgrass posted 10 digs and 15 set assists. Erica Engelmeyer notched 9 digs.
The Bluejays topped Oakland-Craig 27-25 in set one and 25-15 in set two.
Hass led the way with 12 kills and 12 digs while Knobbe had 17 kills. Brunsing totaled 15 digs and 7 set assists while Plagge and Snodgrass compiled 13 and 12 digs, respectively.
GACC downed the Eagles 25-17 in the first set, and 25-20 in the second set.
Knobbe had a team-high 17 digs while Hass added 11. Brunsing recorded 10 digs and 12 set assists while Plagge totaled 8 digs.
Good play from the Bluejays this week. I feel like GACC is getting better.
The Bluejays (7-5) host Bishop Neumann Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers are very polished having handed Stanton their only loss.
This will be a huge challenge for GACC without a doubt.
The Bluejays really need to get after things and play well.
GACC is young, but I think this match against Neumann will help these younger players grow and mature at the very least.
A lot can be learned from playing a team like Neumann, and I look for the Bluejays to give the Cavaliers everything they've got.
I think GACC can compete in this match, and give Neumann a game.
I don't know if the Bluejays are at a point yet where they can knock off teams like the Cavaliers, but anything can happen so GACC has to remain optimistic.
Games aren't played on paper, and if there's a team that can upset Neumann it is the Bluejays.
We'll see what happens, and if the progress GACC made and the momentum they gained this week carries over to Tuesday night.
I thought the Bluejays played well this week, even if they did beat teams below .500.
This will be GACC's toughest match of the year without a doubt though.
Wayne and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family were very tough, but the Cavaliers are the cream of the crop.
The Bluejays are Volleyball royalty too though so I fully expect GACC to come out firing on all pistons and cylinders.
The Bluejays need to step up their play in this match and play well.
GACC has to play better than they have all season if they hope to have a chance in this one.
Neumann is a great team, and it will take an extraordinary effort from the Bluejays to get the job done.
Anything can happen though as that's why they play the games so GACC has to go out there and do what I know they are capable of, which is win.
Tekamah-Herman goes 0-3 at own Invite, picks up first win of year over Madison
The Tekamah-Herman Volleyball Team lost 2-0 to BRLD and Omaha Roncalli, and 2-1 to Fort Calhoun at their own Invite on Saturday before knocking off Madison 3-1 on the road Tuesday night for their first win of the year.
The Wolverines won set one 25-12 and set two 25-15.
The Crimson Pride downed the Tigers 25-15 in the first set, and 25-14 in the second set.
The Pioneers won set one 25-17 and set three 25-11 while Tekamah-Herman won set two 25-18.
The Tigers took the first set against the Dragons 25-16 and the second set 25-21 while dropping the third set 25-21. Tekamah-Herman won the fourth set 25-20.
I thought the match against Fort Calhoun prompted better play for the Tigers against the Dragons, and it really showed Tuesday night.
Tekamah-Herman (1-14) battles Stanton (15-1) and Oakland-Craig (4-10) at the Stanton Triangular Tuesday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.
The Mustangs swept Pender and Wisner-Pilger 2-0 at the Pender Triangular Tuesday night while the Knights beat Arlington 2-0, but lost 2-0 to GACC at their home Triangular Thursday night.
I think the Tigers have a good chance to compete with and beat Oakland-Craig.
Stanton is a great team, and I don't know what the Tigers can do against them having already lost to them once 2-0, but Tekamah-Herman has to go out there expecting to win and must give things their best shot.
I really think the Fort Calhoun match was a building block for the Tigers and led them to the win over Madison Thursday night.
Now I look for Tekamah-Herman to use the win over the Dragons as a springboard to more wins and success Tuesday night.
I really think the Tigers can beat the Knights as I feel Oakland-Craig is beatable and vulnerable.
I'm sure Tekamah-Herman wants to win both matches, but I'm sure the Tigers really want to beat the Knights more specifically.
I'm not saying Tekamah-Herman should put all their energy and focus into the Oakland-Craig match, but something tells me the Tigers are going to be up for that one.
I'm really excited to see what Tekamah-Herman's play of their past two matches leads to Tuesday night.
It appears some of these players have grown up before our eyes, and this team is gaining confidence and consistency.
The Tigers have to be optimistic and inspired Tuesday night.
Tekamah-Herman has to come out and play their best Volleyball of the season, and do everything possible to win both matches.
If the Tigers can beat the Knights and take a set or at least make a set close against the Mustangs I think Tekamah-Herman could take away quite a few positives in that case.
All the action can be heard on the Bull beginning at 5:30 p.m.
It should be a great night of Volleyball all the way around.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 5-2 in last 7 matches
The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Volleyball Team is 5-2 in their last 7 matches, winning 3-2 at home over Pender last Tuesday night in action heard on 107.9 the Bull, falling 3-0 at home to Howells-Dodge last Thursday night, beating Schuyler, Yutan, and Homer 3-0 at the Logan View Invite on Saturday, and then losing 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family before beating West Point-Beemer 2-1 at the LVSS Triangular Tuesday night.
Pender came out strong early, winning the first set 25-18. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder rallied to take the second set 25-21.
The two teams recorded identical sets over the next two frames, with the Pendragons winning set three 25-23, and the Raiders taking set four 25-23.
In the deciding fifth set, LVSS was able to win in thrilling fashion, 17-15.
Shaylin Daugherty was the S&W Welding Player of the Game for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and Sadie Lamplot received the award for Pender.
Ashley Uhing of LVSS was the Charterwest Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Taylor Ruwe had 14 kills and 18 digs while Daugherty totaled 13 kills. Uhing added 10 kills and 28 digs while Emily Lewin posted 8 kills and 16 digs. Reagan Klein had 21 digs and 40 set assists while Dream Daugherty and Kaylin Niewohner totaled 14 and 11 digs, respectively.
The Jaguars won set one 25-16, set two 27-25, and set three 25-21.
Ruwe led the way with 10 kills while Shaylin Daugherty had 9. Dream Daugherty added 8 kills and 9 digs. Lewin had 12 digs while Klein totaled 7 digs and 26 set assists. Uhing chipped in 7 digs.
The Raiders topped the Chieftains 25-18 in set one and 25-8 in set two.
Uhing finished with 7 kills while Dream Daugherty notched 8 digs. Klein registered 19 set assists.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder beat the Knights 25-21 in the first set and 25-15 in the second set.
Ruwe recorded 10 kills while Lewin had 8. Uhing notched 9 digs while Klein totaled 19 set assists.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder defeated the Warriors 25-22 in the first set, and 25-16 in the second set.
Lewin posted 8 kills and 7 digs while Ruwe contributed 9 digs. Uhing compiled 7 digs while Klein dished out 14 set assists.
The Bulldogs defeated the Raiders 25-17 in set one and 25-14 in set two.
Uhing had 8 digs while Ruwe totaled 7.
LVSS won set one 25-16 and set three 25-18 over the Cadets with West Point-Beemer taking set two 25-23.
Ruwe posted 9 kills and 11 digs while Lewin compiled 12. Uhing and Dream Daugherty registered 9 digs apiece while Klein tallied 20 set assists.
The Raiders continue to play great Volleyball. LVSS got through this stretch where they had a lot of games and performed well. Hats off to the Raiders.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (11-6) takes on Clarkson/Leigh at home Tuesday night.
The Patriots are a heck of a ball club who made state last year.
Talk about two teams who have gotten a lot better lately.
This should be a great match between two very good ball clubs.
Both teams have talent and experience, and there should be a lot of good, high level Volleyball played Tuesday night.
Shaylin Daugherty has to use her height to her advantage against Clarkson/Leigh, and Ruwe, Lewin, and Uhing need to continue to play well offensively as well.
It's not just about offense either. The Raiders are a great defensive team as well.
It has truly been a team effort for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder this year, and the same could be said for the Patriots.
This should be an outstanding match between two programs who have come a long ways in the last year or two.
I look for both teams to really get after one another, and make this one very competitive.
The Patriots beat Howells-Dodge in five sets to open the season while the Raiders lost 3-0 to the Jaguars, but I don't think the Howells-Dodge match was LVSS's best effort.
I feel the Raiders will be much more competitive against Clarkson/Leigh than they were against Howells-Dodge.
LVSS can definitely win this match too. Things could really go either way, in my opinion.
The Raiders are 5-2 at home this season as they play their 8th match in a row on their home court so I'm sure Logan View/Scribner-Snyder would love to top off their current home stand with a big signature win.
The Raiders have some nice wins this year already, but a win over the Patriots would be LVSS's biggest of the year without a doubt.
The Raiders have to go out there and make it happen, and play a great match Tuesday night.
Everyone has to be on fire like they have been lately for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.
Pender falls to Stanton and Wisner-Pilger at home Triangular
The Pender Volleyball Team lost 2-0 to Stanton and 2-1 to Wisner-Pilger at their home Triangular Tuesday night.
The Mustangs downed the Pendragons 25-9 in set one and 25-6 in set two.
The Gators won set one 25-12 and set three 25-15 while dropping set two 25-21.
Rylee Lehmkuhl had 10 digs while Ashley Ostrand had 8. Zoey Lehmkuhl registered 7 digs and 8 set assists.
I thought Pender played well against Wisner-Pilger, and responded well to the Stanton loss.
The Pendragons (3-8) travel to Winside (4-7) to take on the Wildcats Monday night.
Winside won 3-0 at home over Wausa Tuesday night.
I look for Pender to win this match given how tough their schedule has been.
The Pendragons play a lot of C-1 and C-2 schools while the Wildcats play primarily D-1 and D-2 Schools.
I think that makes a big difference.
This should be a good bounce back win for Pender.
I thought the Pendragons played well and responded well against the Gators Tuesday night, and look for that play to carry over into Monday night.
This match is a great opportunity for a win for Pender, and the Pendragons can't let this one get or slip away.
Pender has a big week and some tough matches next week so the Pendragons could do themselves a favor by sweeping this match.
Pender plays matches on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday so the Pendragons could definitely benefit from playing just 3 sets Monday night.
I'm sure Pender will do whatever they need to to pick up a win, but a short match would be beneficial for the Pendragons on Monday without a doubt.
A win over Winside on Monday would kind of set the tone for the rest of the week too I feel.
If Pender can get that one I think it will give them a shot and boost of confidence heading into the rest of the week.
The Pendragons really need a win Monday night.
I can't stress it enough...Pender has to play with confidence and a sense of urgency.
The Pendragons desperately need this win over the Wildcats.
Pender has lost four in a row and could really use a win to get off the schneid.
I think the Pendragons will do just that and find a way to win Monday night.
Howells-Dodge beats Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, falls to Lutheran High Northeast
The Howells-Dodge Volleyball Team swept Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 3-0 on the road Thursday night before losing 3-0 at home to Lutheran High Northeast Tuesday night.
The Jaguars downed the Raiders 25-16, 27-25, and 25-21.
Erin Prusa had 9 kills while Brooklyn Macholan totaled 7. Taya VanLengen had 14 digs while Tonya Brester totaled 8.
The Eagles won set one 25-12, set two 25-13, and set three 25-20.
Jessi Brester had 10 kills while Prusa registered 9. VanLengen added 10 digs while
Tonya Brester posted 7. Alyssa Coufal tallied 23 set assists.
Great effort by Howells-Dodge against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder. The Jaguars struggled against the Eagles for whatever reason though.
Howells-Dodge (9-4) takes on BRLD and Madison at the Wisner-Pilger Double Triangular Tuesday night.
I feel these matches are chances for two wins for the Jaguars.
I would honestly be surprised if Howells-Dodge lost to either team.
I guess anything is possible though, especially after this past Tuesday night, but I fully expect the Jaguars to bounce back and take care of business.
Howells-Dodge has some big matches coming up so the Jaguars have to use these two matches as matches to work out anything they're struggling with to fix and fine tune for the Clarkson/Leigh Tournament, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Quad, and East Husker Conference Tournament.
Howells-Dodge is a good team that I think just simply had an off night against LHNE.
I look for the Jaguars to rebound and bounce back, and turn in two strong performances Tuesday night.
Howells-Dodge needs to continue to get good production from Prusa, VanLengen, Tonya Brester, and Coufal.
The Jaguars have a lot of talent on this team, and could probably use increased production from other players as well.
If Jessi Brester and Macholan could ever develop some consistency offensively I think you could see this team reach new heights.
Howells-Dodge is a nice team and has been very impressive at times this season, but they tend to have an off match every now and then, although I think that's with any team.
The Jaguars need to continue to right the ship and keep working on becoming a consistently great team.
If Howells-Dodge could get to a point where they're playing great Volleyball all the time they could really go on a tear.
The Jaguars are facing a young BRLD Team on Tuesday, and a Madison team that lost to then winless Tekamah-Herman so I would be very shocked if Howells-Dodge lost either match.
The Wolverines could scare and challenge Howells-Dodge though. The Jaguars have to watch out for and be wary of BRLD for sure.
Stanton 7-0 in last 7 matches
The Stanton Volleyball Team is 7-0 in their last 7 matches, defeating Norfolk Catholic and Boone Central/Newman Grove 2-0 at their home Triangular on Thursday, beating Clarkson/Leigh and Arlington 2-0, and Hartington Cedar Catholic 2-1 at the Stanton Invite on Saturday, before topping Pender and Wisner-Pilger 2-0 at the Pender Triangular Tuesday night.
The Mustangs downed the Cardinals 25-4 in set one and 25-12 in set two.
Liz Christensen had 10 ace serves while Jaiden Hartl and Jessie Brandl totaled 10 and 8 digs, respectively. Bree Burtwhistle notched 15 set assists.
Stanton topped the Knights 25-19 in the first set and 25-18 in the second set.
Burtwhistle had 12 kills, 9 digs, and 13 set assists while recording her 1,000th career kill while Brandl totaled 10 kills and 12 digs. Reba Waskowiak posted 8 digs while Jasmine Kment had 7. Makenna Espinoza registered 12 set assists.
The Mustangs rolled the Eagles 25-9 in set one and 25-10 in set two.
Espinoza had 8 digs and 7 set assists while Brandl totaled 7 digs. Burtwhistle added 12 set assists.
Stanton won 25-23 over the Trojans in set one, and then won set three 25-20 after losing set two 26-24.
Burtwhistle posted 14 kills, 9 digs, and 16 set assists while Brandl had 13 kills and 12 digs. Waskowiak chipped in 10 kills while Christensen compiled 7. Hartl added 15 digs while Espinoza dished out 24 set assists.
The Mustangs knocked off the Patriots 25-12 in the first set, and 25-16 in the second set.
Stanton defeated the Pendragons 25-9 in set one, and 25-6 in set two.
Brandl had 10 digs while Hartl notched 8. Burtwhistle posted 16 set assists.
The Mustangs cruised past the Gators 25-17 in the first set, and 25-9 in the second set.
Burtwhisle contributed 8 kills, 8 digs, and 8 set assists while Brandl had 17 digs. Hartl added 10 while Espinoza recorded 9 digs and 11 set assists.
Stanton is playing Great Volleyball right now. The Mustangs appear to be in State Championship form already.
Stanton (15-1) hosts Tekamah-Herman (1-14) and Oakland-Craig (4-10) at their home Triangular Tuesday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.
The Tigers won their first match of the season this past Tuesday night, downing Madison 3-1 on the road.
The Knights won 2-0 over Arlington, but lost 2-0 to GACC at their home Triangular Thursday night.
The Mustangs should beat both of these teams similar to the way they knocked off Pender and Wisner-Pilger.
As long as Stanton keeps playing the way they have been they should have no trouble winning both of these matches.
The Mustangs are still going to have to work for it though. You can bet Stanton will get Oakland-Craig and Tekamah-Herman's best shot.
The Mustangs have to be sharp and on point, and play like championship teams do and would.
Stanton has to respect both opponents, and try and take both of them out of their game.
The Mustangs have to continue to build their resume and sharpen their skills.
Stanton has some tough matches coming up at the end of the regular season so the Mustangs need to use these two matches as matches to continue to play great and show off their skills.
I don't know if Stanton can play any better than they have been.
The Mustangs flat out dominated both matches on Tuesday, I mean just dominated.
Stanton is a great team, and this could very well be one of the best teams in school history, if not the best.
The Mustangs have to remain humble and must keep their eye on the prize, and I fully expect Stanton to do that.
The Mustangs have already beaten the Tigers once, and I don't see that being an issue come Tuesday night either.
The Knights could pose more of a challenge given their talent, but I fully expect Stanton to be ready and well prepared for that match.
The Mustangs need these two matches to keep honing their skills and playing at a high level.
Stanton has to keep the ball rolling and continue their mastery of the Northeast Nebraska area Tuesday night.
Tuesday's matches are two the Mustangs should dominate and win easily, and I expect that to be the case.
Things get underway at 5:30 p.m. on the Bull.
Clarkson/Leigh 3-1 in last four matches
The Clarkson/Leigh Volleyball Team finished 2-1 at the Stanton Invite on Saturday before downing Twin River 3-1 on the road Tuesday night.
The Patriots defeated Twin River 2-0 the first time around on Saturday 25-14 in set one and 25-18 in set two.
Hannah Kasik had 11 kills while Ashlynn Novotny posted 8. Holly Kuhr added 9 digs while Kaegan Held had 7 digs and 19 set assists.
Clarkson/Leigh fell 2-0 to the host Mustangs on Saturday, losing set one 25-12, and set two 25-16.
The Patriots topped Battle Creek 2-1 on Saturday, winning 25-22 in set one and 25-21 in set three while losing set two 26-24.
Novotny had 13 kills while Kasik totaled 8 kills and 8 digs. Beth Wiese chipped in 7 kills while Halee Steffensmeier notched 15 digs. Sara McEvoy added 14 digs while Held posted 10 digs and 31 set assists.
In round 2 versus Twin River, the Titans won set one 25-18 only to see Clarkson/Leigh take set two 25-18, set three 25-21, and set four 25-22.
Novotny totaled 11 kills while Wiese had 10. Steffensmeier managed 36 digs while McEvoy and Kasik totaled 25 and 19, respectively. Held had 11 digs and 26 set assists.
The Patriots continue to play superb Volleyball. Stanton continues to give Clarkson/Leigh fits though for whatever reason.
Clarkson/Leigh (7-3) takes part in the Hampton Tournament on Saturday.
I thought this tournament really got Patriot Volleyball on the map, and was the team's coming party last year seeing as they won the tournament.
I think Clarkson/Leigh is even better this year than they were last year, and I look for the Patriots to make this tournament memorable once again.
I think Clarkson/Leigh has all the tools and pieces in place to win this tournament again.
The Patriots have to be ready to go from the start of the tournament until the very end.
Clarkson/Leigh has to continue to make memories that will last a lifetime.
The Patriots have already done so many good things this season, and I look for the winning to continue on Saturday.
Clarkson/Leigh has to go out there and have fun, and enjoy this time with their teammates.
These are the kind of matches and moments that will create memories that will last a lifetime.
These girls already work so well together and play such good team Volleyball that I believe they can be successful against anyone they play on Saturday.
It's somewhat of a long road trip, but I'm sure these girls are anticipating playing some good Volleyball on Saturday.
Clarkson/Leigh has to try and be calm and relaxed the night before and get a good night's rest although that is never easy.
The Patriots have to be fired up and motivated, yet calm, loose, and relaxed during the course of the day.
This is Clarkson/Leigh's chance to make another statement in the East Central part of the State, and show people they are still for real.
The Patriots have a very nice team once again this year, and I look for Clarkson/Leigh to go out there and play great Volleyball on Saturday.
It should be a very memorable day and weekend for the Patriots.
Clarkson/Leigh has to go out there and make all their hopes and dreams come true with another championship.
Back-to-back Hampton Tournament Championships would be quite the feat, and the Patriots are definitely capable of making it happen.
West Point-Beemer 2-4 in last 6 matches
The West Point-Beemer Volleyball Team is 2-4 in their last six matches, sweeping Madison 3-0 at home Thursday night before beating Arlington 2-0 and losing 2-1 to Battle Creek and Ponca at the Stanton Invite on Saturday, and then falling 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and 2-1 to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder at the LVSS Triangular Tuesday night.
The Cadets downed the Dragons 25-23, 25-13, and 25-15.
Kendra Paasch led the way with 12 kills while Abby Kaup totaled 11. Sidney Swanson notched 10 kills and 11 digs while Brooke Haase registered 7 kills. Brooklyn Weddle led the way in digs with 21 with Andrea Hoffman posting 12. Sierra Kile recorded 10 digs and 41 set assists.
The Braves downed the Cadets 25-22 in set one before West Point-Beemer won set two 25-21. Battle Creek claimed set three 25-14.
Swanson had 11 kills and 16 digs while Paasch notched 7 kills. Weddle added 14 digs while Kile totaled 11 digs and 25 set assists. Hoffman posted 7 digs.
The Cadets took set one from the Indians 25-22 before Ponca won set two 25-20 and set three 25-21.
Swanson registered 13 kills and 19 digs while Brooke Haase put down 10 kills. Weddle had 20 digs while Ashton Troyer registered 16. Kile compiled 8 digs and 43 set assists.
West Point-Beemer defeated the Eagles 25-18 in set one and 25-19 in set two.
Swanson finished with 7 kills, 7 ace serves, and 8 digs while Weddle and Troyer recorded 9 and 7 digs, respectively. Kile chipped in 23 set assists.
The Bulldogs upended the Cadets 25-15 in set one and 25-23 in set two.
The Raiders won set one over West Point-Beemer 25-16 before the Cadets took set two 25-18. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder prevailed in set three, 25-23.
I feel like West Point-Beemer has played good Volleyball, they've just played some tough teams and came up a little short.
The Cadets (8-8) host North Bend Central (4-6) Thursday night.
The Tigers won 3-2 at home over Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.
This match figures to be close and could go either way.
I'm leaning towards a Cadet win since West Point-Beemer is at home and swept Wisner-Pilger, who the Tigers beat 3-1.
Granted North Bend Central played the Gators on the road and the Cadets had Wisner-Pilger at home, but still I give West Point-Beemer the edge with them being at home.
That and the Cadets are more experienced and seasoned.
It won't be easy though as the Tigers are well coached and have a good group of girls who are talented.
You know North Bend Central will come to play so West Point-Beemer has to be ready.
The Cadets have to be prepared for a long grind mentally and physically.
The Tigers went toe to toe and prevailed against the Knights in 5 Tuesday night so North Bend Central definitely knows what it's like to go the distance.
It should be a great, compelling, and entertaining match.
Hopefully the West Point-Beemer fans really get behind their Cadets cause I'm sure the players could really use the fan support.
West Point-Beemer has a golden opportunity to beat the Tigers, something they haven't done since 2008.
It's been 10 years since the Cadets have beaten North Bend Central so you know the Tigers won't go down easily and without a fight.
West Point-Beemer has to take their frustrations of losing close matches to good teams out on North Bend Central.
I wouldn't say the Cadets have struggled lately, I would just say they have come up a little short against all these tough teams on their schedule.
We will find out if West Point-Beemer can change that trend Thursday night.
North Bend Central wins in 5 over Oakland-Craig
NORTH BEND – The North Bend Central volleyball team hosted Oakland-Craig in a five-set thriller heard on 107.9 The Bull Tuesday night, Sept. 18.
Oakland-Craig won the first set 25-20, with the Tigers taking sets two and three, 25-20 and 25-21.
The Knights pulled away to win set four 25-17, forcing a deciding fifth set.
NBC held an early 3-0 lead and later pulled away to win set five 15-10, claiming the match 3-2.
North Bend’s Megan Ortmeier and Oakland-Craig’s Bailey Helzer were the S&W Welding Players of the Game.
Good win for the Tigers. North Bend Central hung in there and kept fighting, and prevailed for a big victory.
The Tigers improve to 4-6 with the win, and will travel to West Point-Beemer (8-8) on Thursday.
The Cadets lost 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and 2-1 to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder at the LVSS Triangular Tuesday night.
West Point-Beemer has faced and lost to some good and tough teams lately. North Bend Central has won a couple in a row and is playing good Volleyball right now, in my opinion.
This should be a really good match, and one that I think the Tigers have the potential to win.
The Cadets probably have the edge in experience and have some good talent while North Bend Central has some good talent as well, but also players that are raw and unproven.
The Tigers are young and inexperienced, but they're getting there.
To go into West Point and pick up a win over the Cadets would be a really good win.
And it can happen too...North Bend Central just has to trust and believe in the process.
Rome wasn't built overnight, and the Tigers aren't going to become a great team again overnight.
A lot of these girls are playing varsity volleyball for the first time, and it has just taken them some time to transition.
With that said, it appears North Bend Central is starting to figure some things out.
The Tigers have been playing better Volleyball the last couple of weeks, and I think this match with West Point-Beemer is a toss up.
The match being in West Point is going to be a definite challenge for North Bend Central for sure though.
It will be interesting to see how well the Tigers handle a tough road environment.
You can bet the crowd will be electric and really into it, and that's not just the Cadet fans.
I fully expect North Bend Central fans to get after this team and get loud.
This is a big match and there's lots of talent on both teams, and it should be a highly entertaining and intriguing Volleyball match.
The Tigers have to hang in there and keep fighting no matter what happens.
A game is never over until it's over so North Bend Central has to keep the faith and keep going at it hard the whole time no matter what.
Oakland-Craig sweeps Yutan, falls in five at North Bend Central
The Oakland-Craig Volleyball Team is 1-1 in their last two matches, sweeping Yutan 3-0 at home Thursday night before falling 3-2 at North Bend Central Tuesday night in action heard on 107.9 the Bull.
The Knights downed the Chieftains 25-15, 25-16, and 25-19.
Oakland-Craig won the first set over North Bend Central, 25-20, with the Tigers taking sets two and three, 25-20 and 25-21.
The Knights pulled away to win set four 25-17, forcing a deciding fifth set.
NBC held an early 3-0 lead and later pulled away to win set five 15-10.
North Bend’s Megan Ortmeier and Oakland-Craig’s Bailey Helzer were the S&W Welding Players of the Game.
Abbie Carmichael of O-C was the Charterwest Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Great match for the Knights on Thursday, and a great effort Tuesday night.
Oakland-Craig (3-9) hosts Arlington (1-9) and GACC (5-5) in a Triangular Thursday night.
The Bluejays swept Homer 3-0 at home Tuesday night while the Eagles went 0-3 at the Stanton Invite on Saturday.
I fully expect the Knights to beat Arlington and challenge GACC.
I feel Oakland-Craig has come on a bit lately, and started to figure a few things out.
The Knights just have to figure out how to come through in the clutch and not have untimely serves into the net.
Oakland-Craig should compete well in this Triangular, there's no reason to think they won't.
The Bluejays figure to be tough so the Knights have to try and slow down freshman phenom Sophia Hass and others.
Oakland-Craig has to come out inspired and flat out ready to get after it.
The Knights have to play tremendous energy, enthusiasm, toughness, grit, fire, tenacity, and mental and physical toughness.
Oakland-Craig has to defend their home court and take pride in their play.
The Knights have talent they just need to go out there and string some wins together.
This is a key Triangular for Oakland-Craig and an opportunity for the Knights to really do some damage.
GACC is probably looking at these matches as opportunities for two big wins as well so Oakland-Craig has to play harder and want it more than the Bluejays.
The Knights have to fight, fight, fight, and kill the ball with authority.
Minimizing mistakes and self inflicted errors is going to be key for Oakland-Craig, in my opinion.
The Knights can't give away free points to GACC or Arlington for that matter, Oakland-Craig has to make the Bluejays and Eagles work for and earn their points.
The Knights have to think positive about the way they played Tuesday night, and let the good things they did against North Bend Central carry over into Thursday night.
At the same time Oakland-Craig has to use the loss and coming up short as fuel to the fire against GACC and Arlington.
Emerson-Hubbard loses at Ponca
The Emerson-Hubbard Volleyball Team lost 3-0 at Ponca Tuesday night, falling 25-5 in set one, 25-6 in set two, and 25-4 in set three.
Stephanie Ferrusca had 13 digs while Cashlyn Kramer totaled 9. Hadley Houfek and Brynn Schock chipped in 8 and 7, respectively.
Tough loss all the way around for the Pirates. The Indians simply overwhelmed Emerson-Hubbard.
The Pirates (1-8) take on BRLD (6-10) and Winnebago (4-4) at the Winnebago Triangular Thursday night.
The Wolverines went 2-1 at the Tekamah-Herman Invite on Saturday, downing the host Tigers 2-0 and Fort Calhoun 2-0 while losing 2-0 to Omaha Roncalli.
The Indians won 3-1 at Omaha Nation Tuesday night.
I think Emerson-Hubbard has a shot to beat Winnebago, but beating BRLD will be a very tall task.
The Pirates are reeling right now, and with only 10 players on the team it will be tough going up against a deep and talented Wolverine squad.
Not that Emerson-Hubbard can't beat BRLD, because anything can happen, but the Wolverines are a C-2 school, play a tough schedule, and are in a tough conference in the East Husker.
The Indians are also C-2, but play more of the same schools that the Pirates do compared to BRLD.
Emerson-Hubbard has to play better than they did Tuesday night.
The Pirates got run out of the gym at Ponca, and Emerson-Hubbard has to be better than that.
The Pirates need to perform better offensively in particular. Scoring 6 and fewer points in a set is not going to get it done.
Emerson-Hubbard can definitely fix their miscues and get back on the right track though.
If the Pirates can at least get one of the two matches Thursday night I think that would be a good building block.
Emerson-Hubbard should shoot for winning both matches, but if they only get one I think they would be happy with that.
The Pirates have some tough matches coming up so Emerson-Hubbard has to snap out of this funk they are in and get back on track.
Ponca is very good, don't get me wrong, but the Pirates can play better than they did against the Indians, I have no doubts about that whatsoever.
It's about getting back up on that horse when you've been knocked down.
I know Emerson-Hubbard has it in them to play well Thursday night the Pirates just have to go out there and create their own breaks and make it happen.
Winnebago 3-1 in last four matches
The Winnebago Volleyball Team went 2-1 at the Winnebago Tournament on Saturday, defeating Walthill and Santee 2-0 before losing 2-1 to Omaha Nation. The Indians turned around and beat the Chiefs 3-1 in their house Tuesday night.
Winnebago topped the Warriors 25-19 in set one and 25-12 in set two.
Tia YellowThunder had 9 ace serves.
In round one against Omaha Nation, the Indians took set one 25-23 before losing set two 25-16 and set three 25-19.
Winnebago downed the Blujays 25-17 in the first set, and 25-16 in the second set.
Natasha Deal and Kiylista Harden notched 7 digs apiece.
In round two against the Chiefs, the Indians earned a 25-19 set one win and took set two 25-10. Omaha Nation won set three 25-21 before Winnebago closed things out with a 25-14 victory.
Kiana Lewis had 10 kills and 7 digs while Harden totaled 7 kills and 24 digs. YellowThunder registered 11 ace serves and 21 set assists while Jaidan Payer managed 11 ace serves and 9 blocks. Jean Parker-Morris chipped in 12 digs while Alex Neff had 9.
The Indians are really playing well and have come on lately. Winnebago should feel good about their progress so far this season.
The Indians (4-4) host Emerson-Hubbard (1-7) and BRLD (6-10) in a Triangular Thursday night.
The Wolverines went 2-1 at the Tekamah-Herman Invite on Saturday, beating Tekamah-Herman and Fort Calhoun 2-0 while losing 2-0 to Omaha Roncalli.
The Pirates were swept 3-0 at Ponca Tuesday night.
I think Winnebago will beat Emerson-Hubbard, but BRLD figures to be a very tough match for sure.
The Wolverines are so deep and so skilled defensively, and that's what makes them tough.
That and BRLD plays a tough schedule and in a tough conference in the East Husker.
The Indians may be able to compete with the Wolverines, but either way it is a tremendous opportunity for Winnebago.
The Indians haven't really beaten anybody this year, and a win over BRLD would be a huge deal no doubt.
Winnebago is building their program and getting better so I think the Indians could be more competitive than some think Thursday night.
Winnebago continues their string of home matches, and the Indians seem to excel at home.
It has the potential to be a very good night of Volleyball for Winnebago, in my opinion.
The Indians have to go out there and have fun and play their best and try their hardest.
Winnebago has to give things their best shot and see what happens.
Anything can happen in the game of Volleyball and upsets happen all the time so we will see what the Indians can do.
I look for Winnebago to go out there and play at a high level Thursday night, and give both teams their best shot.
I thought the Indians played real well against the Chiefs on Tuesday, and look for the momentum Winnebago gained in that match to carry over to Thursday night.
The Indians have nothing to lose, but everything to gain so Winnebago has to go out there and play great Thursday night and show both teams who they are and what they are made of.
BRLD goes 2-1 at Tekamah-Herman Invite
The BRLD Volleyball Team went 2-1 at the Tekamah-Herman Invite on Saturday, falling 2-0 to Omaha Roncalli, but beating the host Tigers and Fort Calhoun 2-0.
The Crimson Pride took sets one and two 25-14.
Tyra Bonneau had 7 blocks while Brandi Simonsen posted 14 digs. Kelsey Larsen notched 11 digs while Aubrey Berg totaled 8.
BRLD topped the Pioneers 25-22 in the first set, and 25-13 in the second set.
Halle Wortman had 9 kills while Larsen recorded 14 blocks and 7 digs. Caragan Tietz registered 7 blocks, 7 digs, and 8 set assists. Simonsen added 21 digs while Berg chipped in 8. Kinlee Bacon tallied 7 digs and 8 set assists.
The Wolverines downed the Tigers 25-12 in set one, and 25-15 in set two.
Wortman managed 8 kills while Tietz had 12 digs and 8 set assists. Simonsen chipped in 12 digs while Larsen and Bacon notched 9 and 8, respectively.
Good strong showing overall for BRLD on Saturday. 2-1 isn't too bad at all.
The Wolverines (6-10) take on Emerson-Hubbard and Winnebago at the Winnebago Triangular Thursday night.
I think BRLD has a great chance to sweep both teams.
The Wolverines played superb Volleyball on Saturday, and I look for that to continue Thursday night.
I think BRLD will not only win, they will dominate.
I feel the Indians could perhaps pose some sort of threat to the Wolverines, but BRLD should be just fine.
The Wolverines got great production from everyone this weekend, and that has to continue for BRLD to be successful.
I look for the Wolverines to play two outstanding matches Thursday night.
I think it will be a great night of Volleyball for BRLD.
These are the Wolverines' only two matches of the week so BRLD has to make them count and have a good, strong showing.
The Wolverines have to use the matches as matches to get ready for Howells-Dodge and Wisner-Pilger next week.
BRLD has a tough stretch of matches after Thursday night prior to the East Husker Conference Tournament so the Wolverines have execute at a high level and play flawless Volleyball against the Pirates and Indians if at all possible.
BRLD has to be aggressive, and must serve, hit, pass, block, and serve receive the ball with efficiency and authority.
The Wolverines have to be inspired and must get fired up.
BRLD has put fear in Emerson-Hubbard and Winnebago.
The Pirates and Indians should be scared to play the Wolverines, or at least that's something BRLD should try to create and make happen.
The Wolverines can do that with solid play in both the front and back rows.
I thought BRLD's offense improved on Saturday, and the Wolverines need to continue to put good swings on the ball to keep that trend going.
Pender drops matches at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder and Wakefield-Allen
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder hosted Pender in varsity volleyball broadcast on 107.9 The Bull Tuesday night.
Pender came out strong early, winning the first set 25-18. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder rallied to take the second set 25-21.
The two teams recorded identical sets over the next two frames, with the Pendragons winning set three 25-23, and the Raiders taking set four 25-23.
In the deciding fifth set, LVSS was able to win in thrilling fashion, 17-15.
Shaylin Daugherty was the S&W Welding Player of the Game for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and Sadie Lamplot received the award for Pender.
Lamplot had 14 kills and 10 digs for the Pendragons while Brittni Beckman totaled 12 kills. Ashley Ostrand registered 9 kills and 16 digs while Kaylin Sandall and Rylee Lehmkuhl recorded 13 digs apiece. Zoey Lehmkuhl registered 11 digs and 25 set assists.
Pender lost all three sets 25-18 at Wakefield-Allen Thursday night.
Sandall had 10 digs while Ostrand and Rylee Lehmkuhl notched 9 each. Zoey Lehmkuhl added 7 set assists.
I thought the Pendragons played great against the Raiders. I don't think Pender was quite over that loss when they played the Trojans.
The Pendragons (3-6) take on Wisner-Pilger (5-3) and Stanton at their home Triangular Tuesday night.
The Gators lost 3-1 at home to North Bend Central Tuesday night while Stanton swept Boone Central/Newman Grove and Norfolk Catholic 2-0 at their home Triangular Thursday night.
Pender definitely has their work cut out for them in this one there's no doubt about that.
I think a split is at least possible in this triangular though.
Wisner-Pilger has struggled in their past couple of matches, and if the Pendragons can play like they did against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder it might be good enough for a win over the Gators.
Pender has to regroup though. The Wakefield-Allen match was not the Pendragons' best effort there's no denying that.
Pender has to shake off what happened in that match, and come out and play good matches against Wisner-Pilger and Stanton.
The key against the Mustangs is trying to slow down Bree Burtwhistle and Jessie Brandl and co. without a doubt.
The Pendragons can't be afraid of or nervous against Stanton or Wisner-Pilger.
Pender has to be loose, confident, and energetic as opposed to tight.
The Pendragons have to put forth their best effort Tuesday night and see what happens.
This senior class and this team wants to change the culture and perception of Pender Volleyball, and this Triangular is a great chance for the Pendragons to make strides and gains and take steps in the right direction, in my opinion.
The Pendragons have to come out with tons of energy and need to take the fight to both teams.
Pender has to go all out and leave everything they have on the court.
The Pendragons have to play their brand of volleyball and play their hearts out.
Pender can't control what Wisner-Pilger and Stanton do, but the Pendragons can control what they do.
Pender has to play with tremendous pride and spirit as well.
The Pendragons need to bring their best effort in both of Tuesday night's matches.
Wisner-Pilger loses at home to North Bend Central
The Wisner-Pilger Volleyball Team lost 3-1 at home to North Bend Central Tuesday night.
The Gators dropped set one 25-14 and set two 25-15 before taking set three 25-20. The Tigers won set four 25-23.
SET #1: This set was dominated by NBC. Errant passes led to miscues on setting, which led to an offense that was error prone and safe. 11 unearned points were given to the Tigers, and that was the score separation. The team fell behind early trailing 3-8, before Rachel aggressively served for 5 points which tied the score at 8’s. Emily (Hatterman) also served for a run early in this set. She served 4 more tying the score again at 12’s Lindsey Kneifl serves for a pair and WP is leading their only time in this set 14-13. Then everything fell apart as WP gives up the largest serving run of the year. 11 straight… Wisner Pilger losing 14-25.
SET #2: Throughout the first six servers of this set, the only Gator who was able to string some points together was Rachel (Otten), who served 5 points, including 3 aces. At that time the Gators pulled to within 2…being down 11-13. The Gators' serve receive collapsed giving up a run of 7 points and back to back 4 point runs. Side out points were the only points the team was able to muster. Losing 15-25.
SET #3: In this set, the energy of the team increased. The girls earned a match high 14 points in this set on 8 kills, 4 aces, and 2 blocks. Holding NBC to only earning 6 points. But the team was still error prone, giving 11 free points to the tigers. Adi (Meyer) had the first 3-point serving run, making the score 5-1 advantage Gators. Emily then had a 6-point serving run, including 3 aces…pushing the score to a gator lead of 13-4. Aspin (Waterman) then served for 3 pushing the lead to 16-11. Rachel Otten was able to finish for the win serving for 4 points, assisted by 2 kills by Aspin.
SET #4: The score was tied often early, After 6 rotations the gators held a slight margin of 8-7. NBC then rolled off 5 in a row, earning 3 points and helped by 2 attack errors by the gators. Gators now down 8-12. NBC’s offense became stronger and they were able to extend the lead to 17-10. Adi meyer then served the team to within 1 point 16-17. She served an ace and Jordan earned 4 of them on kills. Gators give up a 4-point run, being down 16-22. Jordan (Wegner) served an ace and then was assisted by TIGER errors…score is now 19-22. The team sides out again on a NBC serving error. Score is now 21-23. Emily scores 2 on a ball handling error by NBC and a kill by Aspin. Score is now 23-23. NBC gets the side out with a KILL, and then wins the set on match point given to NBC on a referee’s ball handling decision.
Head Coach Jean Groth says her team started slow once again. "The first two sets were so disappointing for the team as it seemed a continuation of the style of play they were a part of last week against West Point. Unaggressive and error prone. The uptake on the night was the reversal of everything in the second two sets. Our defense picked up, our passing became more precise, and our team earned 30 of their 44 points in the final two sets."
"The Gators earned points on 28 kills this evening, but gave up 27 attack errors to all but nullify those efforts. The team hit a very dismal .009. Jordan scored on 12 kills, hitting .219. She also earned 3 points on blocks and a point on a service ace. Earning 16 points. Emily led the offense with 21 assists, and Reagan Scholting led the defense with 13 digs," Groth said.
"NBC earned points on 33 kills (compared to our 28) and the had 8 stuff blocks. Both teams had 11 ace serves. The biggest difference being the points the Gators gave up on attack errors, serving errors, and net errors on the block. The team will continue work on improving their serve receive, in an effort to boost their offensive kill percentage," Groth said.
Wisner-Pilger (5-3) takes on Stanton and Pender at the Pender (3-6) Triangular Tuesday night.
The Mustangs swept Norfolk Catholic and Boone Central/Newman Grove 2-0 at their home Triangular Thursday night while the Pendragons lost 3-0 at Wakefield-Allen Thursday night.
The Gators should be able to beat Pender, but Stanton will be really tough.
And I wouldn't even say that a win over the Pendragons is a sure thing given Pender's improvement and Wisner-Pilger's struggles.
The Gators played some uncharacteristic Volleyball in their losses to North Bend Central and West Point-Beemer.
Take nothing away from those two teams, but Wisner-Pilger can play better than they did there's no doubt about that.
The Gators have to step up their game and play hard and be aggressive Tuesday night.
Even if Wisner-Pilger can just take a set from the Mustangs or make both sets close I think that would be a good moral victory.
With that said, I'm sure the Gators aren't into moral victories right now.
I'm sure Wisner-Pilger would much rather pick up an actual win that a "feel good" loss.
The Gators are an experienced veteran team, and shouldn't be struggling like this quite honestly.
The good news for Wisner-Pilger is they will have had an entire week to figure things out and get back on track.
Extra time off didn't help the Gators out a whole lot heading into the North Bend Central match, but perhaps a week off will help Wisner-Pilger this time around.
Whatever it is the Gators have to shake off the funk they are playing with and have right now.
Wisner-Pilger has to go out there and play at a higher level than they have been there's no other way to say it.
The Gators have to play better....there's no excuse. This team is too good to be underperfoming.
All it takes is a good set or a good match to get back on track too. It just takes a spark to get things headed back in the right direction.
Wisner-Pilger played great out of the gates to start the season, now the Gators just have to get back to that.
Clarkson/Leigh goes 1-1 at High Plains Community Triangular
The Clarkson/Leigh Volleyball Team went 1-1 at the High Plains Community Triangular Thursday night, sweeping the Storm 2-0, but losing 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.
The Bulldogs defeated the Patriots 25-14 in set one and 25-23 in set two.
Hannah Kasik had 8 kills and 7 digs while Halee Steffensmeier totaled 14 digs. Kaegan Held chipped in 8 digs and 13 set assists.
Clarkson/Leigh dominated High Plains Community in set one 25-10, and 25-8 in set two.
Ashlynn Novotny posted 9 kills while Held had 18 set assists.
I thought the Patriots played great against the Storm, and in set two against the Bulldogs.
Clarkson/Leigh (4-2) takes part in the Stanton Invite on Saturday.
The Patriots played West Point-Beemer, Arlington, and Hartington Cedar Catholic in the tournament last year.
This tournament figures to present its challenges and obstacles, but I think Clarkson/Leigh is ready to face some tough competition.
If the Patriots can play like they did in set two against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family they can compete with anyone.
Clarkson/Leigh can't afford to lose sets like they did set one to the Bulldogs though.
The Patriots have to be ready and on top of their game on Saturday.
Clarkson/Leigh can't take anyone lightly or for granted, and has to take the fight to each and every one of their opponents.
The Patriots have to fight, claw, and scrap their way to victory on Saturday.
These are the types of teams Clarkson/Leigh is going to see in Conference and in the postseason so the Patriots have to be ready.
I feel Clarkson/Leigh is capable of taking that next step and knocking off some big time powers, the Patriots just have to play their game and believe it can happen because it can.
Clarkson/Leigh has to go out there and make it happen. The Patriots are a great team, and I look for Clarkson/Leigh to go out there and show just how great on Saturday.
The Patriots can't back down from anyone, and can't be scared of or intimidated by anyone they play.
Clarkson/Leigh has to be ready to put forth a great and tremendous effort on Saturday, and play great Volleyball in every match.
Kasik, Held, Novotny, and Steffensmeier need to do their thing, and others have to step up and contribute as well.
The Patriots have to play together and as one, and unite with one another.
It shouldn't matter who Clarkson/Leigh plays as long as they have each other and each other's backs.
Everyone has to go to bat for everyone, and sacrifice their bodies for the betterment of the team.
Giving maximum effort and hustling after loose balls is going to be key, especially against some of these great teams, in my opinion.
North Bend Central 1-3 in last four matches
The North Bend Central Volleyball Team is 1-3 in their last three matches, losing 3-1 at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family last Thursday night, and 2-0 to David City Aquinas and Wayne at their home Triangular on Saturday, before winning 3-1 at Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs took set one 25-11 and set two 25-21 before the Tigers won set three 28-26. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family earned a 25-13 win in set four.
The Blue Devils topped North Bend Central 25-17 in the first and second sets.
The Monarchs defeated the Tigers 25-18 in set one and 25-14 in set two.
North Bend Central dominated sets one and two against the Gators, taking set one 25-14 and set two 25-15. Wisner-Pilger won set three 25-20 before the Tigers took set four and closed out the match with a 25-23 win.
I thought North Bend Central competed well against the Bulldogs, and perhaps found themselves a little against Wisner-Pilger.
The Tigers (3-6) host Oakland-Craig (3-8) Tuesday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.
The Knights won 3-0 at home over Yutan Thursday night.
This should be a good, compelling, and entertaining match.
I feel North Bend Central has a good chance to win it given the way they played against Wisner-Pilger.
If the Tigers can bring the same effort they got against the Gators they should be in good shape.
I look for North Bend Central to come out and play well Tuesday night.
The Tigers need to be sharp with West Point-Beemer coming up on the road Thursday.
It's a big week next week for North Bend Central, and it's a week that perhaps the Tigers can get their season on track if it hasn't already gotten there already.
North Bend Central needs to play well next week with a couple of challenging matches coming up the following week.
The Tigers have to execute in all facets of the game, which includes hitting, blocking, serving, passing, and serve receiving well.
North Bend Central has to force the Knights and other opponents next week into mistakes, and put forth that "intimidation" factor.
The Tigers have to get back to their roots like I think they just started to do this past week.
Perhaps North Bend Central has gotten things going a little and figured some things out.
I certainly feel there is reason to be optimistic if you are the Tigers right now.
This is a very proud and successful program, and growing pains were expected early, but now perhaps North Bend Central has gotten some things figured out.
I think the Tigers have to be excited about the opportunities that await them next week.
North Bend Central has to be pumped, anxious, fired up, and ready to show what they can do.
The Tigers have to start things off in a positive way with a win over Oakland-Craig. I feel a win over the Knights would set the tone for the rest of the week for North Bend Central.
First serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on the Bull.
Emerson-Hubbard 0-3 in last 3 matches
The Emerson-Hubbard Volleyball Team is 0-3 in their last 3 matches, falling 2-0 to Randolph and Osmond at their home Triangular last Thursday night, and 3-0 at home against Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Tuesday night.
The Tigers defeated the Pirates 25-14 in set one and 25-20 in set two.
Addison Mackling finished with 11 digs.
The Cardinals downed Emerson-Hubbard 25-10 in the first set, and 25-17 in the second set.
Isabella Parker-Diaz notched 10 digs while Madison Gunderson had 7.
The Bears earned a 25-8 set one win, took set two 26-24, and claimed set three 25-15.
Cashlyn Kramer totaled 25 digs while Stephanie Ferrusca and Mackling tallied 15 apiece. Gunderson added 14.
Difficult stretch of matches for the Pirates. Emerson-Hubbard has shown the ability to compete well in a set of each match, but winning matches has proven to be difficult for the Pirates so far this season.
Emerson-Hubbard (1-7) looks to get on track on Tuesday when they take on Ponca (7-3) on the road.
Ponca won 3-0 at Winnebago Tuesday night.
I don't know what the Pirates can do to upset Ponca, but if Emerson-Hubbard could take a set or at least make a couple of sets close as opposed to one I think that could serve as a moral victory.
The Pirates have to pick things up offensively though.
Hitting, passing, and serving all has to be on point for Emerson-Hubbard.
The Pirates also need to dig, serve receive, and block well.
It has to be a total complete team effort from start to finish for Emerson-Hubbard.
The Pirates can't be scared of or intimidated by the Indians whatsoever.
Ponca is a really good team there's no denying that, but anyone can be beaten on any given night, and that has to be on Emerson-Hubbard's mind.
It's tough playing teams up a couple of classes no doubt, but challenges are what you play and live for as a Volleyball player I would think.
That probably goes for any athlete in any sport though.
The Pirates have to come out and play hard and be on fire throughout the entire match if possible.
Emerson-Hubbard has to create a spark, some magic if you will.
The Pirates have to get some mojo on their side and do whatever they can to get this season headed in the right direction.
It has been a tough go of things for Emerson-Hubbard so far this season, but there's no doubt the Pirates can get back on track.
There's a lot of season left, and if the Pirates can create some breaks for themselves and continue to improve then they can do anything they put their minds to.
Emerson-Hubbard just has to stay the course and continue to right the ship.
The Pirates need to play well against Ponca so they can feel confident heading into the Winnebago Triangular against BRLD and the host Indians next Thursday.
Winnebago beats Walthill, loses to Ponca
The Winnebago Volleyball Team won 3-0 at home over Walthill last Thursday night before losing 3-0 at home to Ponca Tuesday night.
Winnebago downed the Blujays 25-9 in set one, and 25-15 in sets one and two.
Savannah Fierro had 9 ace serves.
Ponca topped Winnebago 25-9 in set one, 25-14 in set two, and 25-17 in set three.
I thought Winnebago played really well against Walthill, and was competitive against Ponca, especially the more the match wore on.
Winnebago (1-3) hosts Omaha Nation, Walthill, and Santee at the Winnebago Tournament on Saturday.
I think the Indians have a chance to win all 3 matches on Saturday.
I think Winnebago has to be encouraged by how they've played in their last two matches, and has to continue to get better.
The Indians have to come out and be aggressive and take the fight to all three opponents on Saturday.
Winnebago has to be feisty and scrappy, and must play their hearts out on Saturday.
The Indians have to realize the importance and magnitude of this tournament. These are 3 very winnable matches for Winnebago, and the Indians have to come out on fire.
Winnebago has to go hard in practice, in warm ups, and during the matches.
The Indians have to give it their all throughout the entire match.
Winnebago has to play their hardest, and give it their best shot.
The Indians have to keep fighting, clawing, and battling no matter what the situation is.
Winnebago has a lot of potential I feel, they just have to keep getting better and take advantage of wins when they can get them.
The schedule is pretty light for the Indians this year so I feel Winnebago has a chance to win quite a few matches before this season is all said and done.
The opportunity and potential is there for the Indians, Winnebago just has to go out there and make it happen.
The Indians have to be happy, enthused, positive, and upbeat on Saturday.
Winnebago has to enjoy this time with their teammates, and the opportunity and potential to win and get better as the day goes along.
The Indians have to seize the moment, and take everything they ever wanted.
It's all out there for Winnebago's taking the Indians just have to come through and find a way to win on Saturday.
BRLD 2-4 in last six matches
The BRLD Volleyball Team is 2-4 in their last six matches, losing 2-0 to Hartington Cedar Catholic and Lutheran High Northeast at the Wakefield Invitational last Thursday, beating Homer 2-0 and Wakefield-Allen 2-1 before losing 2-0 to Ponca at the Invitational on Saturday, and then losing 3-0 at home to Fremont Bergan Tuesday night.
Cedar Catholic topped the Wolverines 25-9 in set one and 25-18 in set two.
Kelsey Larsen notched 7 blocks while Brandi Simonsen registered 11 digs.
The Eagles downed BRLD 25-14 in the first set, and 27-25 in the second set.
Simonsen had 18 digs while Halle Wortman recorded 7.
The Wolverines defeated Homer 25-22 in set one and 25-18 in set two.
Wortman totaled 8 kills while Larsen notched 12 blocks. Caragan Tietz posted 7 blocks and 14 set assists while Simonsen chipped in 13 digs.
BRLD lost set one to Wakefield-Allen 25-18 before taking set two 25-20 and set three 25-16.
Larsen amassed 15 blocks and 15 digs while Tori Ostrand had 11 blocks. Tietz added 7 blocks, 15 digs, and 11 set assists while Simonsen and Aubrey Berg registered 27 and 7 digs, respectively.
The Indians knocked off the Wolverines 25-18 in the first set, and 25-13 in the second set.
Simonsen compiled 15 digs while Larsen and Berg added 14 and 7, respectively.
Bergan handled BRLD 25-11 in set one, 25-10 in set two, and 25-9 in set three.
Larsen recorded 9 blocks and 17 digs while Alexzi Nottleman and Ostrand registered 8 blocks apiece. Simonsen chipped in 36 digs while Tietz, Wortman, and Berg notched 12, 9, and 7, respectively.
The Wolverines continue to be up and down. BRLD lost to a great Bergan team Tuesday night though.
The Wolverines (4-9) take on Tekamah-Herman (0-11), Fort Calhoun, and Omaha Roncalli at the Tekamah-Herman Invite on Saturday.
I feel this tournament is a great chance and opportunity for BRLD to pick up wins and have success.
None of the teams in this tournament have a winning record, and I feel this is a chance for the Wolverines to pick up some wins and bolster their resume.
If the Wolverines could go 3-0 or 2-1 and at least win a set in each match and be close in the ones they lose if they lose any, I feel that could be good momentum for BRLD.
The Wolverines are a very young team, and are a work in progress without a doubt.
BRLD needs to forget about what happened Tuesday night, and regroup and regather themselves for Saturday.
There's a lot of opportunity and potential for the Wolverines in this tournament I feel, and BRLD has to make the most of it.
The Wolverines have to continue their strong defensive play and pick things up offensively.
BRLD needs someone to step up and pick up the slack offensively.
Wortman needs to have more matches like she had against Homer from an offensive standpoint, and other players need to step up and contribute as well.
The Wolverines have been kind of stagnant lately I feel, and they need something to spark a run or winning streak.
BRLD could definitely get on the right track with a good showing in the tournament on Saturday.
The Wolverines can definitely play and do well, and find success too it just takes hard work, determination, sacrifice, a winning attitude, and a will to win.
BRLD has to come out expecting to win as opposed to just hoping to win or playing not to lose.
The Wolverines have to give all three teams on Saturday their best shot, and show each school what BRLD Volleyball is all about.
I look for the Wolverines to make strides and gains on Saturday regardless of their win/loss record.
The biggest thing for BRLD is to play the best Volleyball they have all season, and show improvement.
Winning generally goes along with that, and winning would be nice, there's no doubt about that.
Tekamah-Herman goes 0-3 at Boone Central Invite, loses at home to West Point-Beemer
The Tekamah-Herman Volleyball Team is 0-4 in their last 4 matches, falling 2-0 to Central City and Stanton, and 2-1 to Boone Central/Newman Grove at the Boone Central Invite on Saturday, before falling 3-0 at home to West Point-Beemer Tuesday night.
The Tigers lost 25-7 in sets one and two to the Mustangs.
Tekamah-Herman took set one from the Cardinals 25-12 before dropping set two 25-18 and set three 25-19.
The Bison won the first set 25-20 and the second set 25-18.
The Tigers fell 25-23 in set one, 25-13 in set two, and 25-17 in set three to the Cadets.
It has been a very tough start to the season for Tekamah-Herman. The Tigers have to keep battling though.
Tekamah-Herman (0-11) hosts the Tekamah-Herman Invite on Saturday against BRLD, Fort Calhoun, and Omaha Roncalli.
I think the Tigers can be competitive against all three of these teams.
None of them have winning records, and I think they are teams Tekamah-Herman can hang with.
It has been a really slow start to the season for the Tigers, but perhaps Tekamah-Herman can get things headed in the right direction with this home tournament.
I hope people come out and support Tekamah-Herman because I'm sure they could use as much fan support as possible.
The Tigers have to keep fighting and battling hard, and must continue to grow and improve each and every day.
It has been a really difficult start to the season for Tekamah-Herman no doubt, but all the Tigers can do is remain positive and keep improving.
This is a young team, and there are certainly growing pains that go with being a freshman.
Tekamah-Herman can't get down on themselves and feel negative about how things have gone so far though as it is a long season and there are a lot of matches left.
The Tigers have to weather the storm, and keep fighting the good fight.
Tekamah-Herman has to do something about their struggles, and turn their struggles into good fortune and success.
The Tigers haven't had an easy go of things by any means this season, but perhaps Tekamah-Herman can make gains and take strides on Saturday.
If the Tigers could at least take a set in all three matches and keep them all close I think that could serve as a moral victory for Tekamah-Herman.
The Tigers have to come out motivated and inspired on Saturday.
Tekamah-Herman has to be excited, and has to do whatever they can to get fired up and ready to play.
It's a new day and a new tournament for the Tigers, and I look for Tekamah-Herman to give things their best shot and perhaps play the best Volleyball they've played all season.
Howells-Dodge goes 2-1 at own Tourney; sweeps Wakefield-Allen at home
The Howells-Dodge Volleyball Team went 2-1 at the Howells-Dodge Tourney on Saturday before winning 3-0 at home against Wakefield-Allen Tuesday night.
The Jaguars lost 2-0 to Elkhorn Valley, but beat Elgin Public/Pope John and Shelby/Rising City 2-0 at the Tournament.
The Falcons took set one 25-15 and set two 25-20.
Jessi Brester and Erin Prusa totaled 8 kills apiece while Taya VanLengen notched 11 digs. Alyssa Coufal recorded 22 set assists.
Howells-Dodge downed the Wolfpack 25-21 in set one, and 25-16 in set two.
Prusa had 7 kills while VanLengen compiled 13 digs. Coufal added 13 set assists.
The Jaguars downed the Huskies 25-15 in sets one and two.
VanLengen contributed 14 digs while Coufal tallied 13 set assists.
Howells-Dodge defeated the Trojans 25-23 in the first set, 25-14 in the second set, and 28-26 in the third set.
Brester finished with 12 kills while Prusa had 9. VanLengen contributed 22 digs while Tonya Brester chipped in 8. Coufal dished out 30 set assists.
Outside of the Elkhorn Valley match, very good, solid play for the Jaguars in these matches.
Howells-Dodge (8-3) takes on Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (7-4) on the road Thursday night.
The Raiders won 3-2 at home over Pender Tuesday night.
LVSS is a good and improved team this year, and could definitely give the Jaguars fits, all they want, all they can handle, and then some.
With that said, I think the Raiders could be pretty gassed having played 3 matches on Saturday and then a 5 setter on Tuesday.
We'll see what Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has left in the tank.
I think sweeping matches and playing less sets is an advantage for Howells-Dodge.
I feel the Jaguars have been the sharper, more crisp team between the two so far this season.
It should be a good match, but I feel Howells-Dodge has a good chance to win.
This is it for the week for the Jaguars so Howells-Dodge has to go out there and play well.
The Jaguars have to take control of the match early, and set the tone early on.
Howells-Dodge has to come out and smack the Raiders in the mouth, and make their presence known.
The Jaguars have to come out aggressive and fierce, and must take the fight to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder the entire match.
Howells-Dodge has to try and slow down Shaylin Daugherty given her height, and other players like Ashley Uhing and Emily Lewin as well.
The Jaguars have to have a good game plan, and must go out there and execute it to perfection.
Howells-Dodge has to take the bull by the horns, and go out there and play a great game Thursday night.
The Jaguars have to be aggressive hitting the ball and must hit their spots on the court to be successful.
The defense has to come up with tough digs and minimize mistakes if at all possible.
Howells-Dodge has to be on point and on top of their game come Thursday night.
This is a match the Jaguars have a great chance to win I feel if they do the things necessary to win.
Stanton dominates Boone Central Invite
The Stanton Volleyball Team dominated the Boone Central Invite on Saturday, downing Tekamah-Herman and Crofton 2-0, and Columbus Lakeview 2-1.
The Mustangs downed the Tigers 25-7 in sets one and two.
Bree Burtwhistle posted 8 set assists.
Stanton won sets one and three 25-19 over the Vikings, who took set two 25-22.
Jessie Brandl notched 16 kills and 16 digs while Burtwhistle totaled 16 kills, 13 digs, and 22 set assists. Reba Waskowiak notched 7 kills while Jaiden Hartl recorded 19 digs. Makenna Espinoza added 8 digs and 20 set assists.
The Mustangs downed the Warriors 25-16 in set one and 25-18 in set two.
Brandl had 9 kills and 11 digs while Burtwhistle compiled 8 kills and 11 set assists. Hartl registered 13 digs while Espinoza contributed 7 digs and 9 set assists.
Very good play from Stanton over the weekend. The Mustangs did what they needed to do to take care of business.
Stanton (8-1) takes on Norfolk Catholic (0-7) and Boone Central/Newman Grove (1-5) at their home Triangular Thursday night.
The Knights lost 3-0 at Hartington Cedar Catholic Tuesday night while the Cardinals fell 3-0 at home to Crofton Tuesday night.
The Mustangs should win big and dominate this Triangular.
Stanton shouldn't lose a set in improving to 10-1 on the season.
The Mustangs need to come out and dominate from start to finish, and I think they will.
These two matches figure to be sure wins for Stanton.
The Mustangs have a pretty light schedule as a whole for the next couple of weeks with the exception of Saturday so Stanton has to come out and dominate and fine tune things for the tougher matches that lie ahead.
The Mustangs have played good steady Volleyball so far this season, and I look for that to continue Thursday night.
Stanton isn't just winning, they are dominating in the stat column and on the scoreboard.
This isn't just a good Mustang squad, it's a great Stanton team.
The Mustangs want it badly, and I think that's very evident in their play so far this season.
Not much appears to be slowing Stanton down or preventing them from achieving their hopes, goals, and dreams.
The Mustangs just have to continue to stay the course and keep playing well throughout the course of the season.
These matches now are preparing and getting Stanton ready for the tough matches that lie ahead in the regular season, during the conference tournament, and in the postseason.
The Mustangs can't take these matches lightly or for granted, Stanton has to continue to treat them as matches to grow and improve, which seems like the attitude and approach the Mustangs have taken so far this season.
Stanton has to keep getting better and better because the Mustangs will no doubt need to be playing as well as possible when it counts.
Stanton has been on top of their game all season long so far it appears, and that's something that has to and I think will continue for the Mustangs this season.
Also, a big congratulations goes out to Brandl, who notched her 1,000th career kill against Bishop Neumann at the Columbus Scotus Invite on Saturday, September 1st.