|WP volleyball team splits games, moves to 7-2|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 25 September 2014 16:55|
Above, Ellie Lee (4) and Nicole Strand (13) try to slow down the Chase County attack during the home match. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade volleyball team has moved through two of its toughest weeks of the season and emerged with a 7-2 record.
Following games against 6-5 Arapahoe and 6-2 Hayes Center Sept. 13, WP tackled 4-8 Southwest and 9-1 Chase County last week.
Win in five sets at Southwest
Southwest was 4-4 heading into the battle with WP. The Roughriders had losses to 9-3 Southern Valley and 6-2 Wood River, while beating 6-3 Amherst.
WP looked to be another notch in Southwest’s belt after losing the first two sets, 19-25, 23-25.
Coach Michelle Harchelroad said her team looked tired early in the contest and Southwest was the best defensive team WP has faced.
WP responded in the third set, winning 25-18, and went on to win the fourth set 25-21.
WP hit 0.294 in the decisive fifth set for the win.
Harchelroad said she was proud of the girls and their fight.
“(This) wasn’t our best game but the girls’ determination was so outstanding,” she said.
Lesley Towery and Sydnee Harchelroad led WP with 22 and 20 kills, respectively. WP finished with 58 kills in the match.
Fall to Chase County at home
WP only led twice in the match against the Longhorns Thursday.
Chase County held a 10-point lead that the Broncos were able to trim to six, before losing 15-25.
WP led late in the second game 23-20. Chase County was able to take the set behind two aces by Paige Spady, 25-23.
Trailing 13-20 in the third set, WP clawed its way back into the game behind the serving of Ellie Lee. With the Broncos trailing 17-21, WP traded points with Chase County to end the match with a 19-25 score.
Towery and Harchelroad led WP with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
The Broncos face a busy week. The team traveled to the Paxton Tournament, before returning home to face 2-6 Maywood Friday.
Saturday WP will be in Brady for a tournament. WP plays (0-6) Stapleton 9:15 a.m. MT/10:15 a.m. CT in the new gym, while Mullen (4-5) and Anselmo-Merna (4-6) face off in the old gym.
Brady (5-3), South Loup (4-3), Maxwell (7-2) and Eustis-Farnam (5-7) open tournament play at 8:00 a.m. MT/9 a.m. CT.