Lady Plainsmen season finished
The Lady Plainsmen volleyball team wrapped up their season with a regular season triangular and a trip to sub-districts.
Friday, Oct. 26 the team traveled to Oshkosh where they faced Maxwell and Garden County in triangular play.
Sub-districts in Ogallala on Oct. 29 brought the Lady Plainsmen’s season to a close after a hard-fought battle against Arthur County.
Perkins County concluded their season with a final record of 5-24.
Perkins County faced the Maxwell Wildcats in their first match of the evening in Oshkosh.
The Lady Plainsmen struggled against the Wildcats with a lack of confidence, according to Head Coach Monica Cole.
The team struggled with serves throughout the match allowing the Wildcats to capitalize on points from errors.
Perkins County also had a tough time with serve receive against Maxwell, making it difficult for them to run an effective offense.
The Wildcats defeated the Lady Plainsmen in two sets, 25-22, 25-14.
Hallie Fisher: 1 kill, 1 dig; Rylee Huff: 1 kill, 6 assists, 14 digs; Juels Lyon: 5 digs; Miah Long: 2 digs; Samantha Patrick: 2 kills, 12 digs; Makenzie Toner: 1 kills, 8 assists, 3 digs; Dani Burge: 3 kills, 1 dig; Bella Fraizer: 7 kills, 1 solo block, 7 digs.
In their second match of triangular play, the Lady Plainsmen came out ready for a win.
Perkins County fought hard against the Eagles, keeping their energy level high and maintaining focus throughout the match.
“We played like we knew we could win,” said Cole. “It was a great win going into sub-districts.”
The Lady Plainsmen defeated the Eagles in two sets, 25-22, 25-15.
Fisher: 4 kills, 2 assists, 2 digs; Hannah Kempf: 1 assist, 2 digs; Huff: 3 kills, 3 assists, 6 digs; Lyon: 1 assist, 12 digs; Long: 1 kill, 1 solo block; Patrick: 1 kill, 11 digs; Toner: 2 kills, 9 assists, 4 digs; Burge: 4 kills, 1 solo block, 1 dig; Fraizer: 5 kills, 2 solo blocks, 1 assist, 9 digs.
Going into sub-districts, the Lady Plainsmen were prepared to put up a hard fight against the Wolves.
“Our confidence and excitement for that game was nothing that I had seen out of these girls before,” said Cole.
Although Perkins County came out firing, they slowly lost momentum and struggled to come back against the Wolves.
Coverage was a key issue for the Lady Plainsmen while Arthur County continued to strategically place balls that hit the hardwood.
The score remained close in the latter sets as both teams made strategic plays and capitalized on each other’s errors.
Despite the fight from Perkins County, a lack of strong coverage and errors caused by miscommunication allowed the Wolves to pull away with the win, defeating the Lady Plainsmen in three sets, 25-14, 25-21, 25-23.
Fisher: 1 kill; Kempf: 1 dig; Huff: 8 assists, 6 digs; Lyon: 11 digs; Long: 4 kills, 1 dig; Patrick: 6 kills, 6 digs; Toner: 1 kill, 9 assists, 2 digs; Burge: 3 kills, 4 solo blocks, 1 assist, 6 digs: Fraizer: 6 kills, 12 digs.
Going into the season Cole knew the young team would face challenges with new coaches, new expectations and new goals. The Lady Plainsmen also faced several changes in their first few weeks of the season that tested the team’s strength and unity.
“Our end goal was getting through at least one game of subs to advance and although that didn’t happen I am still so, so proud of these girls,” said Cole. “They have made huge strides in their abilities and knowledge of the game and for that, we can hang our season up with some pride and be excited for next season with everyone returning!”
Looking back at the season, Coach Cole also thanked her assistant coaches for their help and dedication throughout the season.
“Coach Lee keeps me organized, understands the game, is a positive impact on these girls and we just plain have fun. Coach Reinke applied his knowledge of years past and volunteered his time so selflessly. I am so grateful to these two and couldn’t have done any of this without them on my staff.”