LUSK – Homecoming weekend was another tough one for the Niobrara County High School volleyball team as Lingle-Fort Laramie took the win at Tiger Gym Friday evening.
The Lady Tigers struggled from the outset as the visitors opened a 9-3 lead and increased it to 17-5. NCHS slowed their run but it wasn’t enough in the 25-11 first set loss.
Coming out of the break, Lusk was scrambling and playing inspired ball, leading 6-5 early. The second set was tied at eight and 10 before the Lady Doggers pulled ahead and managed to win 25-20.
L-FL and NCHS traded leads four times early, but a 10-1 run was too much to overcome for the Lady Tigers in the 25-16 third set loss.
NCHS TEAM STATS: Serving 39/49, 81 pct, 3 aces. 13 kills/56 atts. Assists 11. Stuff blocks 2. 94 digs/134 atts, 70 pct.
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Serving- Renae Marker 14/15; Anna Richardson 8/10; Adelle DesEnfants 7/9. Kills- Richardson 5; Marker 4. Assists- Bryn Bruch 6; Riley Shaw 5. Digs- Shaw 22; Bruch 22.
On Saturday, the Lady Tigers visited Sioux County, Neb., and despite battling back and forth, came up short in the 25-23 first set.
Mental errors and inconsistent play once again kept NCHS from tying the match in another close set, but the Lady Warriors held on for the 25-18 win.
With a Homecoming dance waiting back home, the Lady Tigers couldn’t keep up with a spirited home squad in the 25-9 third set score.
NCHS TEAM STATS: Serving 35/41, 85 pt, 8 aces. 13 kills/ 93 atts. Assists 11. Stuff blocks 11. 115 digs/150 atts, 77 pct.
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Serving- Marker 7/7; Lily Krueger 6/6; Richardson 10/11, 6 aces; Evelyn DesEnfants 8/9. Kills- Richardson 6. Assists- Shaw 8. Stuff blocks- Marker 6; Krueger 4. Digs- Marker 29; Shaw 28; Bruch 18.
The JV had a busy week with three matches, defeating Glendo in four sets 25-20, 20-25, 25-21 and 25-8.
Hattie Nelson was 13 for 13 serving, followed by Evelyn DesEnfants with 12 of 13, Larkin Williams 18 of 20 and Phoebe Allbright 16 of 18. Jaden Stauffer had six kills and Evelyn DesEnfants put up eight assists.
They lost to L-FL in two sets 25-17 and 25-12. Nelson, Stauffer and Melody Zumbrunnen combined for a perfect 15 of 15 from the service line.
Harrison slipped by in a couple of close 25-20 sets for the win.
The Lady Tigers hosted Torrington on Tuesday night before heading to the Hornet’s Nest on Saturday for three games starting at 1 p.m.