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NCMS Volleyball Team Challenges Royal Valley

By: Ella Larkin & Kyndall Sextro

September 28, 2018

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The Nemaha Central Middle School volleyball team walked out of the court on the night of Monday, September 17, ready to challenge the Royal Valley Panthers. The Panthers were ranked first in the league from the previous volleyball season, so the Thunder was ready for the challenging match to come. The seventh grade A team and the eighth grade A team were up to face their competition first.

On the eighth grade A team court there was a rocky start for the Thunder as the Panthers started the game with an 11 point serving streak. The Thunder passers just couldn’t handle the Panther serve and it left them with a huge hole to dig out of. With a few serving streaks of their own, the Thunder came back from that deficit and won the first set 25-22. The same Panther server came back to get the Thunder again in the second set, but the Thunder pulled out the win with a score of 25-19. The Thunder played the third set and made too many errors and ended up losing 13-15, however, they still got the match win.

“We started the game off bad but we kicked it in gear and showed them what we had. Our serve receive was off that night but our serving was on a roll. Our offense was also really good that night,” said Lacie Young

As the eighth grade A team match was going on the seventh grade A team was also playing. They battled hard but ended up losing a close, first set 22-25. The seventh graders didn’t give up, they gave the Panthers a run for their money but it wasn’t enough. They ended up losing the second set as well 21-25. The teams played a mandatory third set in which the Thunder girls battled winning it 16-14. Because they only won one set, the 7th grade A team suffered their first loss of the season.

“Royal Valley really gave us a run for our money,” said Kylee Sperfslage.

Now that the A team matches were done it was time to move onto the B team matches. On the first set of the eighth grade B team match, Addy Holthaus came in with a 9 point serving streak to help the Thunder win the first set  25-21. The second set was a little closer, as the Panthers had several serving streaks, but the Thunder girls fought back with one of their own from Camryn Kaster. She went on a 13 point serving streak to help the team get the set win 25-23. The Thunder team kept it up and won the third set 15-12.

The last team to play was the seventh grade B team. They struggled throughout the matches losing the first set, 16-25 and the second set, 15-25. They played a little better in the third set, but the Panthers still took the win 10-15. Overall, it wasn’t the best night the Thunder have played. The seventh grade A and B team both faced their first loss, but they hope to meet them in the tournament and play better next time.

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