SIDNEY – Sidney volleyball earned another quality victory, Tuesday, Sept. 3 with a 3-1 win over Nebraska state-ranked Johnson-Brock.
Game scores were 25-17, 23-25, 25-11 and 25-21.
The Cowgirls scored the final five points of the match to secure the win. Sidney led 16-9 in the fourth set, but saw the Eagles rally to tie the match at 19 and then take the lead at 20-19 and 21-20, but Sidney had the final answer to preserve the win.
“When it came down to crunch time,” Sidney coach Amy McClintock said, “the girls held it together. When we pass the ball well we’re pretty good at putting the ball away.”
Sidney’s top two hitters put the ball away nicely all match. Kelsey Hobbie led the Cowgirls with 20 kills on just 28 swings. She hit a sparkling .643 even with two errors. Maddy Duncan hit .406 with 14 kills.
“Maddy and Kesley played really well,” said McClintock. “Olivia (Larsen) does a great job getting to the ball.”
Larsen dished out 36 assists.
Duncan led the charge early for Sidney with three kills to help the Cowgirls out to an early 12-6 lead in the opening set. Johnson-Brock pulled to within three at 17-14, but Sidney scored the next three and seven of the next eight to put it away.
Sidney scored the first three points of the second set and led 10-6 early. The Eagles battled back, however, using a 3-0 run to lead for the first time in the set at 15-14. Sidney scored three straight later to even the set at 21, and it stayed even at 22 and again at 23, but the Eagles scored the final two to even the match.
The third set wasn’t close. A 10-0 run gave the Cowgirls a 17-3 lead and the Eagles never threatened.
The Class 1A number 2 Cowgirls improved to 10-1 with the win over the Class D1 number 6 Eagles, but McClintock said her team struggled in spots.
“We missed nine serves,” said McClintock, “and that’s not very characteristic of us. We missed three or four serves in one set and you can’t do that. We struggled passing and our communication is a big thing. I tell them it’s everybody’s ball all the time. We got caught looking at each other a few times.”
Presley Brumbaugh added eight kills and 12 digs for the Cowgirls.
Duncan led the back row with 13 digs. Hobbie added 11 digs and six blocks to her great offensive night.
McClintock was also impressed by freshman middle hitter Kaden Payne, who came on for the first time in the third set and played well.
“(Kaden) gives us a little more length,” said McClintock, “so we can get more touches on blocks and she had a couple nice hits.”
Several pictures from the match can be seen at valleynewstoday.com.
The Cowgirls now enter a light segment of their schedule with just two matches in two weeks.
“We’ll be focusing more on defense and passing,” said McClintock, “and serve receive.”
Sidney travels to Stanton, Thursday, Sept. 5 for the Corner Conference opener before returning home to play Essex five days later.
Johnson-Brock fell to 2-1 with loss.