LINGLE – One win in five matches was not what the Niobrara County High School Lady Tiger volleyball team had in mind as the season got underway last Friday at the Lingle tournament.
It is to be expected there will be early bumps in the road as juniors Riley Shaw and Courtney Rowley return from injuries and three newcomers enter the varsity rotation. What was not expected was the Thursday injury to senior libero Allison Williams, for what could be a few weeks.
They opened play against Midwest, winning 25-11 and 25-16, but from there the going got a bit harder. Sundance is a possible sleeper team in 2A this season and beat Lusk 25-9 and 25-10.
NCHS had a short break before one of 1A’s better teams Kaycee also defeated the Lady Tigers in two sets, 25-19 and 25-24. The last match was against an also fatigued Upton team. The Lady Bobcats won a pair of close sets by the 25-23 and 25-24 scores.
The C squad went to Newcastle for a tournament Saturday and got a workout with five matches. They lost to the Douglas A 20-12 and 20-13, split with Campbell County 9-20 and 22-20. They also split with Buffalo 20-15 and 10-20 to end pool play. In bracket play they lost to the Douglas B 11-9 and 11-4 and ended with a three set loss to Burns. The scores were 12-10, 9-11 and 12-15.
NCHS opens their home schedule Thursday as Crawford, Neb., comes to Tiger Gym for games at 4 and 5 p.m. On Friday, they visit Guernsey-Sunrise starting at 4 p.m.
NCHS TEAM STATS: 174/196 serving, 89 pct, 34 aces; 50/189 kills/atts, 26 pct; 44 assists; 12 stuff blocks; 92/140 digs, 66 pct.
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Serving- Lucy Ceaglske 31/49, 95 pct, 7 aces; Renae Marker 21/22, 95 pct; Evelyn DesEnfants 42/45 93 pct. Kills- Rowley 19, Anna Richardson 17, Marker 10. Assists- Shaw 26. Stuff blocks- Rowley 6. Digs- Shaw 23, Rowley 20, Richardson 15.