|Lady Broncos battle to RPAC championship|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:56|
Sydnee Harchelroad splits the Paxton block for a kill. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
After several slow weeks, action has picked up for the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos’ volleyball team.
WP defeated Medicine Valley Tuesday, Oct. 14 and advanced to the semifinals of the RPAC tournament by beating Paxton Monday night.
Host first and second rounds
Eight of the RPAC’s 14 teams entered this week’s tournament with records of .500 and above.
As the top seed in the West Bracket, WP hosted and received a first round bye.
Paxton defeated Dundy County-Stratton 25-14, 25-20, 25-18 in the night’s opening match.
In the second round WP looked sharp early against the Tigers, leading by as many as five points. Paxton came back to tie the set at 14, before WP closed out the match with a 11-4 run, winning 25-18.
Paxton led for most of set two. The Tigers looked to have control, leading 22-17 late in the set, only to have WP storm back to win 25-22.
Though Paxton won game three, WP battled back from down 18-24 to lose 23-25.
The match looked like it would go to five sets as Paxton led 10-4 in the fourth set. WP was able to close the gap, winning the match with a 25-16 fourth set win.
In the other half of the West Bracket at Wallace, the Wildcats defeated Maywood 25-7, 25-12, 25-19 then Hayes Center, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15 winners over Hitchcock County, by a score of 25-19, 25-14, 25-18.
In the East, top seed Bertrand hosted Arapahoe and Alma. Alma swept Arapahoe 25-18, 25-16, 25-19 in the first round, then fell to Bertrand 25-9, 25-15, 25-21.
At Cambridge, the Trojans beat Medicine Valley 25-12, 25-8, 25-10; Southern Valley defeated Southwest 25-23, 25-19, 25-17 and Southern Valley defeated Cambridge 26-28, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23.
Defeat Medicine Valley
Tuesday’s game against the Raiders was a quick one.
Coach Harchelroad said she was glad for an easy game after so many days off.
WP had 23 service aces in the match. Brianna Einspahr had eight aces and no errors in 25 attempts. Sydnee Harchelroad finished with 10 kills.
The Lady Broncos beat Wallace in five sets to advance to the championship game of the RPAC tournament.
In the championship game WP persevered and topped Southern Valley in five sets.
See next week’s Breeze for the full story on the RPAC tournament.
The Broncos will travel to Axtell Saturday. In pool play WP will face Axtell and Archbishop Bergin, beginning at 1:00 p.m C.T.
Pool B features Elwood, St. Mary and Alma.
Teams will be seeded into fifth/sixth, third/fourth and championship games based on pool play.