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Bronco netters gain valuable experience during 7-17 season PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:03

Tailor Lee and Emma Skelton catch their breath as they prepare for the next serve.


By Carl Williams

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta-Palisade Bronco volleyball team’s 2010 and 2011 seasons were practically carbon copies with the primary difference being 2010 was senior laden vs. 2011’s group of young underclassmen.

Last year the Bronco netters closed with a 8-15 record; this year with a 7-17 record.

A quick analysis of the team’s competition and those teams’ advancements in post-season play was evidence of the fierce battles the Broncos faced on the court. That combined with the loss of senior leader Sheyla Christner, forced Coach Harchelroad to make line-up changes, substituting in younger players throughout the season.

The girls never quit, but it’s hard to replace experience, said Harchelroad.

Looking back over the season Wau-Pal handled most bad times, but the Broncos’ losses were decided mostly in straight sets by strong teams such as Southwest, Paxton, Brady, Hayes Center and Hitchcock County.

One of the most disappointing losses of the of the season for the Broncos was their subdistrict loss to Hayes Center at in three close sets.


Season stat leaders

As leading hitter, sophomore Tailor Lee had 85 kills on 317 attacks and led from the service line with 40 aces and 133 points on 257 serves to pace the team offensively. She also had 21 ace blocks as the team’s No. 3 blocker.

Christner had the second most ace serves at 24, even with an abbreviated season.

Bronco libero Abbie Fanning led the team defensively with 176 digs and 457 serves receives with only 50 errors.

Junior Emma Skelton was the team’s leading setter, keying the attack on 917 sets for 145 kill assists. She also put over 237 good serves for 104 points.

Brooklyn Nordhausen was the Broncs’ leading blocker with 39 ace blocks and 33 touches.

Senior Jonee Maris finished her volleyball career with 56 kills on 226 attacks and drilled 10 ace serves this season.

Freshman setter Sydnee Harchelroad was the team’s second leading blocker, hitter and setter, with 24 ace stuffs and 52 touch blocks; 63 kills and114 kill assists on 682 sets.

Next year’s team will have 12 returning players with experience and playing time and a good incoming freshman group.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:06