By Tim Linscott
Plan your work and work your plan, which is exactly what the Lady Plainsmen volleyball team did on Oct. 22 at Kimball.
PCS nearly pulled out a win over the Longhorns, but came up short in three sets, 17-25, 18-25, 21-25.
“I was very proud of the girls, they had an idea of what to do against them and they did a good job of sticking to that plan,” Penny Hite, PCS head volleyball coach said.
It was a true team effort for the Lady Plainsmen as five players had two or more kills in the game, led by Courtney McClenahan with five. Five PCS players had at least one ace serve with McClenahan leading the charge with seven on the night.
There was a total of 21 blocks in the game. McClenahan had two ace blocks and four total while Rebecca Johnson led the team with eight blocks. Courtney Ostermiller had six blocks. McClenahan had eight assists on the night.
“Rebecca Johnson had a really good night of blocking. Her consistency really shows through the season,” Hite said. “She read them and was able to get her hand on the ball to help us get things rolling.”
Lila Konecky, Ostermiller and Allison Kiolbasa were each 2 for 2 on passes.
Ostermiller had four kills, six blocks (one ace) two assists, two ace serves. Konecky had three kills. Clair Maaliao had three assists against Kimball.
McClenahan had five kills, four blocks (two aces), eight assists, seven ace serves.
“Courtney McClenahan did a really good job for us too. She is a very versatile player and reacted to a couple of changes we made in the rotation,” Hite said. “But, not just her...the entire team did a really good job of playing some different roles.”
Konecky moved back to her middle hitter spot against Kimball.
“This is not a new role for her but she had committed this year to outside. When you can have a team that adjusts to change and not get frustrated and fall apart, you have a group that is team oriented,” Hite said.
The Lady Plainsmen faced Cozad Tuesday in Grant for their final home game before a triangular at Bayard tomorrow (Friday).