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Emma Schrotberger goes for the kill against Sutherland during SPVA play in Ogallala on Oct. 14. Bella Fraizer stands in position ready for the return. 

Lady Plainsmen play in home triangular and SPVA

The Lady Plainsmen hosted a volleyball triangular Tuesday, Oct. 10 on their home court in Grant against the Hershey Panthers and Dundy County-Stratton Tigers.

Hershey

The Panthers defeated Perkins County in two sets, 14-25 and 9-25.

The Plainsmen started out well against Hershey but lacked aggressiveness during the first set. 

The Panthers got a strong point lead during the second set. Despite Perkins County’s attempt to battle back, they were too far behind and couldn’t make up for the deficit.

Coach Erica Turner stated after the game the team “talked about figuring out how to play as a team out on the court so everyone meshes together.”

Aryn Seiler: 5 kills, 10 digs; Sydney Wilson: 4 kills, 5 solo blocks, 5 block assists; Kadie Hanson: 9 digs; Makenzie Toner: 3 set assists; Jessica Klingelhoefer: 2 set assists. 

Dundy County-Stratton

The Tigers defeated Perkins County in three sets, 15-25, 25-22, 15-25.

The first set against the Tigers was slow, but the Lady Plainsmen came out with some determination in the second set, beating the Tigers.

“I was happy to see the girls with some fight in them and not want to give up so easily,” stated Turner.

In the third set Wilson suffered an injury to her ankle and had to come out of the game. Perkins County struggled to gather momentum again after Wilson came out.

Coach Turner was pleased to see the girls playing as a team against the Tigers and set goals for the team’s upcoming SPVA tournament. 

Bella Fraizer: 10 points; Wilson: 7 kills; Seiler: 7 kills, 13 digs, 4 solo blocks, 8 blocks assists; Hanson: 21 digs; Klingelhoefer: 10 set assists.

SPVA

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the team traveled to Ogallala for the SPVA tournament where they played Hershey again, as well as the Sutherland Sailors and Kimball Longhorns. 

Hershey 

Hershey defeated Perkins County in the SPVA tournament in Ogallala in two sets, 4-25 and 12-25.

The Lady Plainsmen had a tough time with their serve receive facing the Panthers. The setter was chasing passes, making it hard to get a strong offense in place.

The libero, a position played by Hanson, was missing for the tournament, requiring some of the girls to play back row positions they were not used to playing. 

“It took us a while to get some chemistry going,” stated Turner.

Seiler: 3 kills, 4 digs, 3 solo blocks; Wilson: 2 kills, 5 block assists, 3 solo blocks; Schrotberger: 6 digs; Klingelhoefer: 6 set assists.

Sutherland

The Sailors defeated the Plainsmen in two sets, 17-25 and 16-25.

Perkins County played better against Sutherland and seemed to find the chemistry they needed to get their offense going.

The back row was digging the ball, allowing good sets for the hitters to attack the net.

Unfortunately, they were not able to get the win against the Sailors, but played much better during their second game of the tournament. 

Fraizer: 7 points; Wilson: 4 kills; Seiler: 3 kills, 6 digs, 6 block assists; Klingelhoefer: 5 block assists, 10 set assists.

Kimball

Kimball defeated the Lady Plainsmen in three sets, 23-25, 25-17 and 23-25.

Perkins County played a close three sets against the Longhorns.

During set number three, the Plainsmen got stuck in one rotation while Kimball racked up several points, coming back for the win. 

Turner was proud of how the team pulled it together during the last couple games, despite several changes.

“I commend our girls for adapting to something new, about every game it seems, with injuries and illness. They did a good job in those last two games of pulling it together to make it a better game.”

Fraizer: 12 points, 7 block assists; Wilson: 12 kills; Seiler: 7 kills, 11 digs, 7 block assists; Schrotberger: 14 digs; Klingelhoefer: 10 set assists. 

Next action

The 6-21 Lady Plainsmen will host a triangular on their home court in Grant on Oct. 27, beginning at 5 p.m.

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