Lady Plainsmen add wins to record

The Perkins County Lady Plainsmen had another busy week of volleyball with a triangular Thursday night and an invitational on Saturday.

Sept. 13 the team traveled to South Platte where they faced the Blue Knights as well as the Paxton Tigers.

On Saturday, the team headed to Bayard to play the Bayard Tigers, Bridgeport Bulldogs and the Leyton Warriors.  

Two wins and three losses brings the Lady Plainsmen’s current season record to 3-10.

Paxton

Perkins County played a close, hard fought game against the Tigers. A strong defensive game, solid serve receive and ability to consistently dig the balls coming at them gave the Lady Plainsmen the upper hand.

 In addition to their defensive efforts, the Lady Plainsmen had 19 ace serves against the Tigers.

According to Head Coach Monica Cole, “It was fun to see our servers have the confidence to pick apart [Paxton’s] serve receive and get the ball to the zone that was struggling.”

The Lady Plainsmen defeated the Tigers in two sets, 25-20, 27-25.

Maddy Ingold: 2 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig; Hallie Fisher: 1 kill, 1 assist, 3 digs; Rylee Huff: 1 kill, 7 assists, 4 digs; Samantha Patrick: 7 digs; Aryn Seiler: 5 kills, 5 digs; Makenzie Toner: 2 assists, 1 dig; Dani Burge: 4 kills, 2 solo blocks, 1 assist, 1 dig; Bella Fraizer: 1 kill.

South Platte

Despite a great effort from the Lady Plainsmen, they weren’t quite able to get a win over the Blue Knights. Although close sets and a tough effort by Perkins County, the Lady Plainsmen were unable to get to 25 points first and fell to South Platte in two sets, 25-22, 25-23.  

The Perkins County defense struggled a bit more against the Blue Knights with their digging.

“We have work to do with our blockers,” said Cole. “Once they get going, then all the rest will fall into place as well.”

Overall, Cole was proud of her team and their efforts together on the court.

Ingold: 3 digs; Fisher: 2 kills, 1 solo block, 5 digs; Hannah Kempf: 4 digs; Huff: 3 kills, 9 assists, 11 digs; Patrick: 1 kill, 10 digs; Seiler: 8 kills, 4 digs; Toner: 2 assists, 4 digs; Burge: 2 assists; Fraizer: 4 digs.

Bridgeport

An early morning game, followed by a long bus ride made the match against Bridgeport a tough one for Perkins County.

Due to a shoulder injury for senior Aryn Seiler, the Lady Plainsmen faced rotation changes and needed to make adjustments over the weekend.

Perkins County fell shy the first set, but were able to find some energy and compete during the second set. Unfortunately, once the team found their rhythm, it was too late to come back against the Bulldogs.

Bridgeport defeated Perkins County in two sets, 25-14, 25-22.  

Fisher: 3 kills, 3 digs; Huff: 1 kill, 1 assist, 2 digs; Juels Lyon: 6 digs; Patrick: 2 kills, 12 digs; Toner: 6 assists, 4 digs; Burge: 1 kill, 1 solo block, 6 digs; Fraizer: 1 kill, 2 solo blocks, 7 digs.

Leyton

The Lady Plainsmen came out flat against the Warriors and lacked energy throughout the match.

Perkins County was unable to get the job done on serve receive and struggled to get an effective offense going.

 Leyton was able to quickly rack up points the first set, leaving the Lady Plainsmen in a hole they couldn’t quite get out.

Although, the girls played a much closer second match, Leyton defeated Perkins County in two sets, 25-13, 25-22.

Ingold: 1 assist; Fisher: 2 digs; Huff: 1 kill, 2 assists; Lyon: 4 digs; Patrick: 1 kill, 1 assist, 2 digs; Toner: 1 assist, 3 digs; Burge: 2 kills, 1 solo block, 2 digs; Fraizer: 2 kills, 1 dig.

Bayard

The Lady Plainsmen turned things around in their final game against the Bayard Tigers.

Although defeated in the first set, Perkins County fought back and was able to come up with wins in the final two sets of the game, clenching the win over the Tigers, 16-25, 25-22, 25-12.

“The confidence and teamwork clicked like it did against Paxton Thursday night and it looked like the team that wants to win,” said Cole.

Perkins County finished the game with 15 ace serves and 17 kills.Cole hopes her team can continue the team effort throughout practice this week.

Ingold: 1 assist; Fisher: 2 kills, 2 digs; Huff: 5 kills, 1 solo block, 2 assists, 3 digs; Lyon: 7 digs; Patrick: 1 kill, 7 digs; Toner: 12 assists, 4 digs; Burge: 8 kills, 2 digs; Fraizer: 1 kill, 1 dig.

Next action

On Thursday, Sept. 20, Perkins County will take on the Ogallala Indians at 6 p.m. on their home court in celebration of Homecoming week.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Lady Plainsmen will play host to the Chase County Longhorns and Gothenburg Swedes. Games will begin at 5 p.m.

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