Longtime Glenrock Head Volleyball Coach Tara Chandler has had few seasons like last year, as she experienced a small handful of victories to go with a pile of losses and disciplinary issues right before their early exit from regionals. The results so far this season have proved positive as the Lady Herders have emerged as contenders in the loaded 2A East.
Lady Tiger Head Coach Sandra Johnson guided NCHS to their first state tournament in a dozen years last fall, but has had to regroup around many new and young faces so far in 2018. They’ve put together some wins but the going gets tougher as 2A SE conference play opens for Lusk.
The Lady Herders took the early lead in the first set and never looked back as they won 25-15. The closest NCHS would get after that was down 9-5 in the second. The visitors went on an 8-2 run and closed with the 25-12 win. The third and final set went similar to the second as Glenrock got off to a fast start and pulled away for the 25-10 sweep.
“We tried some new things in practice this week,” said Johnson. “But it didn’t quite work like we hoped, so we’re going keep working to find what does.”
NCHS TEAM STATS: Serving- 29/35, 83 percent; 14 kills/63 atts, 22 percent; Assists-10; 34 digs/58 atts, 59 percent.
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Serving- Lucy Ceaglske 8/9. Kills- Taylor Gaukel 11. Assists- Ashley Christianson 9. Digs- Gaukel 11, Anna Richardson 6.
The JV lost to Glenrock 25-18 and 25-15, but took steps forward with their team passing and serving. It was the first time all season they were over 80 percent in the serving department, as they made 84 percent.
This week the Lady Tigers have a full weekend of home matches as Southeast visits Friday (JV 4 p.m./varsity 5 p.m.), and the home pool play tournament happens Saturday. NCHS faces Wright, Upton, HEM and Hulett at Tiger Gym beginning at 9 a.m.