|Bronco volleyball team picks up four more wins|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 20 September 2013 17:22|
Tailor Lee serves during the Broncos game against St. Francis. Lee led the team with seven kills and hit 0.667% on the match. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade Broncos moved to 6-0 on the young volleyball season with wins last week against St. Francis Thursday and Arapahoe, Hayes Center and Hitchcock County at the Hitchcock County Tournament Saturday.
The Broncos were dominant in the first set against the Indians, cruising to a 25-10 win.
Serving by W-P was strong with Abbie Fanning, Leiauna Alberts and Lesley Towery notching aces in the first set.
The Broncos won the second set 25-15. Sydnee Harchelroad opened the set with three straight aces. The Bronco setters spread the ball around well. Brooklyn Nordhausen, Tailor Lee, Fanning, Towery and Harchelroad each had kills in the set.
St. Francis opened up a 6-2 lead in set three before the Broncos came back to tie the game at eight. Seven straight points by Towery pulled the Broncos ahead 13-8.
The Indians came back to tie the game at 20, but three straight points by Alberts pulled the Broncos ahead for good. W-P won the third set 25-21.
Lee had seven kills in the win, hitting at a 0.667 clip.
Fanning and Nordhausen each had six kills, while Towery and Harchelroad each had five kills. The team hit .0323 overall.
Harchelroad finished with six ace serves. Alberts added five aces and Fanning and Towery each had four.
Harchelroad and Alberts each had 11 assists.
Saturday the Broncos swept the hosting Falcons 2-0.
Einspahr and Harchelroad each had five aces in the match. W-P had 14 aces as a team.
Nordhausen led the team with seven kills, while Fanning and Harchelroad each had six.
Alberts had a team high 10 assists.
W-P beat both Arapahoe and Hayes Center 2-1.
Against Arapahoe, Fanning and Towery had three aces. Towery added 12 kills.
Harchelroad had 14 assists and 12 digs. Einspahr had 15 digs.
The Broncos had a positive hitting percentage in all three matches and served at around 90%.
Facing Hayes Center, Lee totaled seven kills. Fanning, Nordhausen and Towery added four kills each.
Harchelroad had a team high four aces and 10 assists. Harchelroad and Einspahr each had 11 digs.
“Over all it was a good tournament to win. We had to come from behind to win and that was great for the girls mentally,” said Coach Michelle Harchelroad.
The aggressive Bronco servers were up and down Saturday. They served at a clip of 94.3 percent with 8 aces in the game against Hayes Center, but that number dropped to 83.3 percent with seven aces against Arapahoe and 85.7 percent with 14 aces against Hitchcock County.
“Serving was strong but we missed serves that to me were just a lack of focus at times. We are not very disciplined yet in all areas of the game.”
Though early in the season the Broncos are in the top 10 of the wildcard standings.
The team will face tough tests this week, taking on Southwest (6-2) Tuesday, Chase County (4-1) Thursday and 1-2 Arthur County Friday. Southwest started out the season ranked in D1.
“This is a very tough week of competition so that will be good,” said Coach Harchelroad “We will see what we are really made of. The girls have the ability to win all three games but it will come down to executing things.”
Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Broncos will travel to the Paxton Invitational. Paxton (2-3) started the season off ranked number eight in Class D-2 by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Wallace (3-1) and Potter-Dix (1-4) will also participate.