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NCMS 8th Grade Volleyball Team is Undefeated Champions!

By: Ella Larkin & Kyndall Sextro

October 04, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School 8th grade volleyball team walked out on the court on Saturday, September 29, not knowing that they would win the Big 7 League Championship, but knowing that they would try their best to make it happen. The Big 7 tournament was held in Hiawatha and it hosted 8 teams; the NC Thunder, Sabetha Bluejays, Royal Valley Panthers, Riverside Cyclones, Hiawatha Redhawks, Holton Wildcats, Perry Lecompton Kaws, and the Jeff West Tigers.

    The 1st ranked NC Thunder team started off the day slow at a 9:00 game against Riverside. The Thunder had just played the 8th seeded team Riverside the previous Monday and knew what to expect. The Cyclones stayed close with the Thunder as the NC girls played the first points lazily. But soon they got back to their regular pace and blew Riverside out of the water, with scores of 25-9 and 25-4.

    After a short break, the Thunder were up again, this time to battle their next competition, the fifth seed Hiawatha Redhawks. The Thunder was expecting more of a challenge then what they received. They won the first set 25-13. In the second set, the Thunder even had chances to put in their subs and they won 25-8.

    The Thunder team was strolling through pool play until the Royal Valley Panthers came out and put an obstacle in their path. The Panthers were ranked fourth in the tournament, but they were the only team throughout the season to give the Thunder a challenge. The first set against the Panthers was the closest one that they would see the whole day, 25-21. The second set was close as well, but the Thunder separated themselves a little further with a score of 25-18.

    All teams were now finished with pool play and the top two out of each pool would move onto the semifinals. The top seed of each pool would play the second seed of the other pool, so the Thunder moved on to play the Sabetha Bluejays, who had just severed a loss to Holton. Holton came out first in their pool, so they would match up with Royal Valley.

    The Bluejays were ranked second overall, but in the regular season, the Thunder dominated them. The Bluejays were looking for revenge on the Lady Thunder team. Thankfully they didn’t get a chance to, as the Lady Thunder went out and crushed them again, with a combination of serving streaks and kills. All in all, the Thunder took the easy semifinal match with the same scores of 25-7 for both sets.

    Royal Valley came back again, as the Panthers won their semifinal match against Holton. They were coming back to challenge the Thunder for the championship. The Thunder were on a roll and continued to dominate and the Panthers struggled to compete with the Thunder. The Thunder won both the first and second sets with the same score of 25-14.

    “We didn’t do the greatest in the beginning, it was a very slow start, but by the end, we pulled through and finished the season undefeated,” said Elli Rusche.

     Trista Peterson said, "I had a lot of fun and we played a lot of games. I think we played our best and I am very proud of my teammates."

    There you have it, the Thunder were the undefeated champions of the Big 7 League tournament. The team motto was very fitting for the season, “Start Unknown, Finish Unforgettable.” Many players, coaches, and parents would say that they took this motto to heart and executed it perfectly, winning five titles in a row, including the first Big 7 League title. You can sure bet that the Thunder girls will be back again next year ready to fight for the sixth title.

 

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