CHS goes 1-2 in conference tourney
NORFOLK — The Discoverers will need to turn things around quickly if they want to make a postseason run.
Columbus went 1-2 Saturday at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in Norfolk, picking up its lone win against Scottsbluff (25-19, 25-18) while finishing sixth in the eight-team event.
Fifth-seeded CHS fell to North Platte (25-14, 25-14) in the opening round and Norfolk (25-16, 25-10) in the fifth-place match.
The Discoverers struggled with their attack against North Platte, recording 14 kills and 13 errors while hitting just .016.
Hannah Menke led CHS with four kills on .364 hitting, Telegram Super Senior Rylee Kwapnioski finished with nine assists and two of the team’s four aces and Regi Zakrzewski paced the defense with seven digs.
Columbus got its offense rolling against Scottsbluff, led by seven more kills from Menke on .778 hitting. Jaidyn Garrett added five kills as CHS hit .216 as a team.
Kwapnioski dished out another 14 assists, Garrett tallied five and Zakrzewski chipped in five digs and two aces.
Defensive mistakes cost the Discoverers in their final match as they committed 10 receiving errors and 10 blocking errors in the loss to Norfolk.
The Panthers also slowed down Garrett and Menke at the net, allowing just three combined kills between the two in 22 attempts.
Lauren Benck and Kwapnioski led CHS, which hit .118, with three kills each and Kwapnioski added 10 assists to bring her tournament total to 33.
Bailey Keller had a team-best six digs for Columbus and Kwapnioski finished with five in a strong all-around performance.
Columbus (13-19) returns to the court Monday for a 5 p.m. match against York to open the B-6 subdistrict tournament at Grand Island Northwest. The winner will face the third-ranked Vikings at 8 p.m.