|Rough week for Lady Broncos, tournaments take toll|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 01 October 2015 21:19|
Ellie Lee plays the ball over the net as Dakota Borchard covers the play. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
After starting the season with a 8-1 record, the road got tougher last week for the Wauneta-Palisade Bronco volleyball team.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, WP was at the Paxton Tournament.
The Broncos opened play with a 10-25, 25-17, 16-25 loss to Potter-Dix
Coach Michelle Harchelroad said Potter-Dix (9-2) is a solid team.
“I thought we played well at times against them but just couldn’t keep the momentum our way,” Harchelroad said.
She added that after the Potter-Dix loss, her team didn’t rebound and committed a lot of errors against Wallace.
WP fell to Wallace (6-5), a team it had beaten earlier in the season, 21-25, 18-25.
Paxton (10-2) defeated Wallace, 2-0, and Potter-Dix, 2-1.
Thursday, the Broncos traveled to Hayes Center to take on Maywood-Hayes Center. WP swept the Wolves 25-18, 25-12, 25-13.
Tied at 10 in the first set, WP began to pull away, opening up a 16-11 lead. The Broncos went on to win the set 25-18.
The Broncos were more dominant in game two. Tied at eight apiece, WP finished the set on a 17-4 run to go up 2-0 in the match.
WP finished off the Wolves with a 25-13 win in the third set, outscoring MHC 13-2 down the stretch.
Harchelroad said it was a good win, but, at 2-9, it wasn’t a team that the Broncos had to work very hard or stay very focused against.
Statistics were unavailable.
Saturday, WP was at the Brady Tournament.
The Broncos opened the day with a 25-21, 19-25, 25-27 loss to Anselmo-Merna (3-11).
Harchelroad said Saturday was just a bad day and her team wasn’t prepared to play ball.
The loss moved WP to the losers’ bracket to take on Maxwell (6-7).
“Having to play back-to-back after losing to Anselmo-Merna was very difficult,” she said. “We just weren’t able to regroup.”
WP lost the match 19-25, 15-25, before wrapping up the day with a 25-14, 25-17 win over Stapleton (1-9).
Other teams taking part were Eustis-Farnam, Mullen and South Loup.
Now 9-5, WP hosted Hitchcock County Tuesday.
Thursday the team travels to Benkelman to take on Dundy County-Stratton. Games will begin at 4:00 p.m. MT/5:00 p.m. CT.
On Oct. 6 the Broncos will host Perkins County (3-11) starting at 5:00 p.m. MT/6:00 p.m. CT.
Harchelroad said she thinks WP is in a small slump and has talked to her team about it.
“We talked about moving forward and peaking at the right time,” Harchelroad said. “I believe we have the tools to win the big games, but leadership, attitudes and team chemistry will be huge if we are going to rally the last half of our season.”
She said rebounding this week will be important for her team and they’ll work to control what they can, especially attacking and serving.