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NCMS Volleyball Dominates Jeff West

By: Gracyn Lierz and Lacie Young

September 16, 2018

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    It’s the best time of the year again which means volleyball is starting up. The Nemaha Central Middle School volleyball team started the season off spectacularly at home against Jeff West. This year, there are ten girls out for the eighth grade team. On the seventh grade side, there are eleven girls out. The managers for the team are Samantha Holthaus and Jillian Stueve. Coaches returning this season are Lisa Holthaus and Nikki Honeyman. This year, NCMS has switched leagues to the Big 7, which comes with a bit of change. No matter what, every game has a third set added to it which won’t affect the overall match outcome.

    First up was the eighth grade A team. The Thunder girls started out very powerful having many aces and pass, set, hits. Jeff West’s servers just couldn’t succeed in their serving. With very few errors, the Thunder won the first set 25-7. The second set was just as good with many aces and a couple kills straight down to the other side. Jeff West just couldn’t handle the Thunder which caused them a defeat of 25-9 in the second set. The third set score was 15-6 Thunder.

    Following the eighth grade A team was the B team. In this game, they were hoping to dominate just like the A team had done. Once again, the Thunder’s serving was spectacular. At times, the serve receive for the Thunder was a little shaky, but they pulled through. With a lot of talking and aces, the Lady Thunder beat Jeff West in the first set 25-22. In the second set, the Thunder figured out what they needed to do better and applied it to the game. The Thunder had a couple good hits and aces. Once again, the Jeff West Tigers just couldn’t handle getting the ball back over to the Thunder’s side. This created a great defeat for the Tigers as the Lady Thunder won the second set 25-7. The third set score was 15-11 Thunder. This was another win for the eighth grade team.

    “I think our team did really good at serving because it put us in the lead by a lot. I feel like we could’ve played better defense and could’ve talked more,” said Kaylee Finney.

    On the other side of the gym was the seventh grade A team, who started the game off strong with a kill from a typical pass, set, and hit. For a seventh grade team, this was a very impressive play. The team did very well at helping each other out by talking and making good plays. Their serving started off strong but started to fall downhill towards the end of the set. The score after the first set was 25-10 Thunder, the score for the second set was 25-23 Thunder, and the score for the third set was 10-15 Jeff West Tigers. The Lady Thunder volleyball team managed to pull through and dominate the Tigers from Jeff West. The seventh grade A team ended the night feeling proud and accomplished in getting their first win in school volleyball.

    Maggie Koch said, “I think the best part of my first volleyball game was how we all got along and had fun. I think we could do better at passing. I think my team did best at talking.”

The seventh grade B team kicked off the season with a win. In the first set, the score was 25-19. The game was very close but NC managed to pull through and get the win. The game was very exciting to watch and got very intense at times. The second set did not turn out in the Thunder's favor.  The girls got down in the set and just could not recover losing to Jeff West with a score of 15-25. Since each team won a set, the outcome of the match would be decided by the third set.  The Thunder girls were ready for this set and played a better game of volleyball to get the win 15-7. 

     Overall, the eighth grade and seventh grade showed Jeff West what NC volleyball is all about coming out with four wins in the opening match of the Big 7 League.

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