Victories continue to elude Lady Tigers

LUSK – Moorcroft was ranked fourth in the Coaches and Media Poll, but Niobrara County High School gave them all they could handle last Thursday at Tiger Gym.

The first set saw four lead changes but the last one came when the Lady Tigers broke a 16-16 tie. They extended it to four points and Renae Marker sealed the 25-21 win with a stuff block.

The visitors cleaned up some errors in taking a 14-6 lead in the second set before winning 25-15.

Like the second set, the third saw the Lady Wolves push out to an early lead, but NCHS tied it at 14 and did not relinquish the lead moments later. Adelle DesEnfants came up with some big serves as Lusk won 25-22.

The fourth set was close throughout with tie scores at eight, 12 and 15. Moorcroft pulled ahead and held on for the 25-20 win. NCHS had extended a match to five sets for the first time all season and rode the momentum to a 5-1 lead. The visitors crept back in with ties at ten and 12 before suddenly snatching the 15-12 win.

NCHS TEAM STATS: Serving – 74/96, 77 percent, 6 aces. 19 kills/104 attempts. 19 assists. 8 stuff blocks. 72 digs/119 attempts, 61 pct.

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Serving – Riley Shaw 11/12; Danni Larson 14/16; A. DesEnfants 18/22; Lily Krueger 9/12. Kills – Marker 10; Krueger 5. Assists- Shaw 8; Bryn Bruch 6. Digs- Bruch 16; Anna Richardson 12; Shaw 11; Marker 11; Larson 10.

Friday evening at Yoder, the teams split the first two sets as the home team won the first 25-14, and Lusk responded with a 25-18 win in the second. Southeast pulled away, winning the third and fourth sets 25-14 and 25-12.

NCHS TEAM STATS: Serving – 52/64, 81 percent, 6 aces. 9 kills/57 attempts. 8 assists. 13 stuff blocks. 68 digs/103 attempts, 66 percent.

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Serving – A. DesEnfants 17/18; Shaw 7/8; Richardson 12/15. Kills – Marker 7. Assists – Bruch 5. Digs – Richardson 13; Bruch 11.

On Saturday, Glenrock came to Lusk and was able to keep NCHS an arms’ reach away in the Lady Tigers final conference game. The visitors won the first set 25-18 before overtaking Lusk’s lead late in the second set. Glenrock held on for the 25-22 win and rode the momentum to a 25-12 third set sweep.

NCHS TEAM STATS: Serving – 46/53, 87 percent. 11 kills/54 attempts. 11 assists. 60 digs/101 attempts, 59 percent.

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Serving – A. DesEnfants 10/10; Richardson 13/15; Shaw 9/11. Kills – Shaw 4. Assists – Bruch 8. Digs – Marker 15; Shaw 14; Richardson 11.

The JV continues to improve but came up short in all three matches last weekend. Moorcroft won 25-10 and 25-12, while Southeast won 25-23 and 25-15. The Lady Tigers extended the Glenrock game to three sets in the 15-25, 25-18 and 16-25 scores.

This week the Lady Tigers wrap up the regular season with a home match against Saratoga. The first of three games at Tiger Gym begin at 1 p.m.


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