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NCMS Kicks off the Volleyball Season

By: Ella Larkin

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The Nemaha Central Middle School volleyball teams started off their season against Rossville on Thursday, August 31. Altogether the volleyball team has twenty-five players, fourteen 7th graders and eleven 8th graders. With such a big team, you can imagine that the practices may be a bit chaotic, but with Nikki Honeyman and Lisa Holthaus as their coaches and the two managers, Anna Hermesch and Madilynn Scott, it seems to be going fairly smoothly.

"I am very excited about the volleyball season. So far I have been impressed with the girls' work ethic and hustle. Only one 8th grader had experience last year on A-team, but I've liked how hard the 8th graders are working and being leaders. There are a lot of 7th graders out this year and some that will probably see some A-team playing time. There is a lot of competition for the few spots on the volleyball court. I can't wait to open up on Thursday against Rossville," said Nikki Honeyman.

 

The Rossville Bulldog volleyball team arrived and the Thunder girls were ready for a great match of volleyball. The A-team played the first of the three games. In the first set, the passing and serving on the Thunder side was tip-top. Lilly Schultejans had an 8 point serving streak, and with the quality playing they scooped up the first set 15-25. The Thunder continued to play well and with another 8 point serving streak by Taryn Ganstrom, they took the second set 10-25.

"We played really well and coach was proud of us, but I know we can do better," said Savannah Engelken.

The second match was played by the B-team. The challenge against the Bulldogs was close, but the Thunder won the first set 27-25. Rossville upped their game in the second match and won 11-25. By the third set, the Thunder lost some of their spunk and ended up losing 5-15.

The C-team played the third and final match of the night in volleyball.  Addie Osterhaus had a three point serving streak, but the Thunder ended up losing the first match 17-25. There was another three point serving streak and that was made by Keirston Saenz, but shortly after the streak, Rossville took control of the game and the Thunder lost the second match 14-25.

"The volleyball experience was amazing, I learned not to back away from the ball, and to just get it if it's near you," said Addie Osterhaus.

The A-team girls won their first game of the season. With winning the last three OTL tournaments will the Thunder keep up the streak and win the fourth? No one knows, stay tuned and find out.

 

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