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NCMS Seventh Grade Volleyball Takes Second at Tourney

By: Gracyn Lierz and Lacie Young

October 04, 2018

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    The anxious Nemaha Central seventh grade volleyball team had the end of season tournament on Saturday, September 29. In the regular season, the seventh grade had only lost one game and that was to Royal Valley. They were hoping to get a bit of redemption to not only beat Royal Valley, but to make it to the championship match in the Big 7 League Tournament.

    As the seventh grade prepared for their first match, their nerves started to settle down. The Thunder played Hiawatha for their first match. The Thunder beat Hiawatha in three sets during the regular season and they wanted to get the victory in two sets this time. The first set was 25-17 with NC winning. In the second set, NC smoked the Redhawks, taking the match in two sets like they planned, 25-2. The Thunder was thrilled and ready for the next match to start.

    The next match was against NC’s rivals, Sabetha. The Thunder had recently dominated against Sabetha beating them in two sets. The Thunder decided to go out there and do the exact same thing. The first set was close, but NC claimed the set, 25-22. The Thunder took the momentum into the second set winning 25-13. The Thunder team was excited and looking forward to the last match in pool play. The third and final match that the Thunder played in pool play was with the Holton Wildcats. The Thunder team previously beat Holton in three sets. NC didn’t start off too strong in the first set and the Wildcats claimed the set win, 9-25. The Wildcats were playing well both offensively and defensively. In the second set, the NC girls decided they were not going to lose this one and they played more aggressive. They bounced back from the earlier set defeat to win the second set, 25-17. The Thunder had great serve receives in the third set and played to win. Their determination to win allowed them to defeat the Wildcats 15-9. NC was so happy to finish pool play undefeated and move on as the number one team in the pool to the semifinals.

    In the semifinals, the Thunder had the chance to get their redemption as they were about to play Royal Valley. The Thunder had some good pass, set, and hit plays in the first set, but the set became a bit close. The Thunder's serve receive began to dwindle, but they were able to get the win 25-23. Once again, the Thunder’s serve receive became a disadvantage to them and therefore causing Royal Valley's powerful servers to easily get a few aces. The Thunder team lost the second set 22-25, setting up the third set of the match. The Thunder team decided they were going to make it to the championship match so they played their hearts out winning, 15-12.

    The Thunder was excited and nervous for the championship game, which was with the Holton Wildcats. Holton had played them close in pool play and it took the Thunder three sets to defeat them. The Thunder team started off slow and could not recover losing the first set, 7-25. The Thunder girls then decided to shake off the nerves and play more confident like they knew they could. Behind a couple of great aces, the Thunder won the second set 25-17. The third and final set was up next and it was bound to be an exciting one. The Thunder girls let the nerves set in again and let down on their serve receive, to begin with. However, they played hard but came up short in the third set, 10-15.  After the three set battle, the Thunder earned the second place finish in the seventh grade Big 7 League tournament.

    Overall, the Thunder’s seventh grade volleyball team had a great season in the new league. The Thunder girls learned some new skills and improved their game of volleyball.

    Kate Heinen said, "I think our 7th grade team had a good year, and we did well at the Big 7 League tournament!"

    "We played great this year, and everybody tried their best," said Ashlyn Gudenkauf.

 

 

 

 

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