Lady Warriors drop four in conference tourney
The Schuyler Central High School Lady Warriors volleyball team continued their late season struggles dropping all four of their matches in the Central Conference Volleyball Tournament held in Seward Oct. 11 and 13.
In the opening round, the Lady Warriors lost to Grand Island Northwest 25-12 and 25-14 then dropped their second match to Lexington by set scores of 25-13 and 25-12.
In pool play on Saturday, Schuyler Central was eliminated with losses to Seward by 25-11 and 25-11 and to Holdrege by scores of 25-11 and 25-13.
Grand Island Northwest was crowned conference champion with a dominating 25-15, 25-17 victory over Columbus Lakeview in the title match while Seward grabbed third place downing Aurora 25-9, 29-27 in the runner-up match.
It has been a difficult stretch for Schuyler. The losing skid extended to 12 matches while the season record dipped to 3-18 with just three regular season matches remaining.
Despite the poor results, several players contributed across many statistical categories.
Against GI Northwest, Rachel Shonka paced the Lady Warriors with three kills while Kinzie Petersen added two. Shonka also had three blocks and Petersen one.
Northwest dominated at the net with 28 kills compared with 10 for Schuyler. At the serving line, Cassie Macholan recorded the only ace for SCHS. Maria Semerad led with nine digs while Anna Rocheford recorded seven and Shonka three. Taylor Westerbuhr paced the team with five assists and Macholan dished out three.
Against Lexington, SCHS spread around 13 kills among six players. Tasha Wolken and Shonka had three each, Stefany Rocha, Reagan Folda, and Petersen had two each, and Macholan had one. The only block of the match was recorded by Petersen. Semerad once again led Schuyler with seven digs while Shonka had five, and Petersen, Westerbuhr, and Folda had two each. Westerbuhr let the team in assists with five while Macholan recorded two successful sets.
In their first Saturday match against Seward, Shonka led SCHS with two kills and Kayli Vavricek, Rocha, and Petersen recorded one each. The only ace serve of the match came from Shonka. She also had the only block and totaled six digs to lead the team. Macholan and Westerbuhr each had two set assists in the match.
In their final match of the tournament against the Dusters of Holdrege, Shonka once again played very well leading the team in kills with six, ace serves with one, and blocks with one while also adding five digs on the defensive side of the net. Petersen had a strong match as well with three kills, and one block.
The Lady Warriors will attempt to return to their winning ways when they travel to York on Oct. 18 to take on the Dukes in another conference tilt before returning home to face the Lakeview Lady Vikes on Oct. 23rd in their regular season finale.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for The Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net