By Tim Linscott
Starting out with solid play the Lady Plainsmen volleyball squad was hanging around with Ogallala on the road Sept. 26, but things began to unravel quickly.
The Indians won in three sets, 25-7, 25-9, 25-10.
“We started out each set with fire and would stay with them, and then the girls would allow one mistake after another,” PCS head volleyball coach Penny Hite said. “They stayed positive throughout the match. That is encouraging.”
Hite gave respect to Ogallala for putting together the win and explained her team wasn’t themselves at times.
“Ogallala is a very solid team this year. We played timidly and lacked confidence in ourselves,” Hite said.
Leading the team was Courtney McClenahan with three kills, one ace block and five assists. She went 4 of 6 on defensive digs.
Rebecca Johnson ended the game with three kills and three blocks.
“Courtney (McClenahan) and Becca (Johnson) played well tonight,” Hite said. “Allison (Kiolbasa) did a great job of getting touch blocks and slowing down the attacker for us.”
Kiolbasa had one kill, five blocks, one ace serve and was 1 for 1 on passes. Josie Osler had two ace serves and was 1 for 1 on defensive digs for the Lady Plainsmen.
“At times we out-hustled them but then would lose focus and couldn’t find our rhythm,” Hite said.
PCS vs. South Platte
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Lady Plainsmen hosted a triangular with Paxton and the South Platte Lady Knights. Despite a scrappy performance, PCS dropped the opening game against the Lady Knights in two sets, 16-25, 12-25.
The pendulum swung back and forth in much of the early going for PCS, but South Platte was able to pull out the victory.
PCS had a good mix of players getting involved in the offense with five different Lady Plainsmen getting kills in the match.
McClenahan finished with five kills, two blocks and two assists. Johnson had three kills and three blocks while Ostermiller had two kills, two blocks and one ace serve.
Kiolbasa had four blocks, two assists and two ace serves (team high). Elizabeth Krajewski and Lila Konecky each had one kill against the Lady Knights.
PCS vs. Paxton
The team nearly had a win over Paxton, but lost in two sets, 17-25, 19-25, at the PCS triangular on Sept. 28.
“Much better offensively and at placing the ball against Paxton,” Hite said. “Serving was much better and we played more fluidly. They found some weak spots in us and we were slow to adjust but we started to read better.”
McClenahan was a powerhouse for PCS, ending the game with 10 kills. She also had three blocks, five assists and an ace serve.
Schrotberger had eight assists to lead PCS in that category while Johnson had two kills and two blocks, as did Ostermiller and Kiolbasa.
PCS vs. Holyoke
Just as McClenahan had a monstrous game against Paxton, against Holyoke on Sept.30 Allison Kiolbasa was nearly flawless.
She went 7 of 8 serving with three aces, went 8 for 8 hitting, 5 for 5 setting with one assist and was 4 for 4 blocking.
PCS came up short against Holyoke, however, in straight sets, 19-25, 12-25, 21-25.
“Allison had a near perfect game. She had a nice all around game. Courtney (McClenahan) and Rebecca (Johnson) continue to find holes on the court and be aggressive,” Hite said.
In the second set the team may have been out of gas.
“We struggled to get our offense going in the second set with too many hitting errors, not for lack of trying, we just couldn’t find any drive to finish,” Hite said.
Schrotberger led the team with 13 assists while McClenahan had eight assists. McClenahan also had 10 kills, five blocks and one ace serve.
Konecky finished the game with four kills, one ace block and was 6 of 7 in passing.
Johnson had six kills, two ace blocks and one ace serve against Holyoke.
A player that is improving rapidly for the Lady Plainsmen has been freshman Claire Maaliao.
“Claire did a good job of stepping up on defense and serving for us,” Hite said. “She continues to grow each game.”
The Lady Plainsmen will next play at Sedgwick County High School in Julesburg today (Oct. 3) at 4:30 p.m. before hosting Southwest Consolidated on Saturday at 2 p.m.