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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:47

Faith Simpson gets her hands on a Hitchcock County attack during Wauneta-Palisade’s 3-0 win over the Falcons Sept. 29. Simpson had seven blocks in the contest. (DeAnn Davis | The Wauneta Breeze)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

The Wauneta-Palisade volleyball team moved its record to 11-6 last week with a 3-0 win over Hitchcock County and a 1-3 loss at Dundy County-Stratton.

The Broncos hosted Hitchcock County Sept. 29.

The teams had previously faced off at the Hitchcock County Tournament Sept. 12. The Broncos won that game 25-18, 19-25, 25-21.

After the close first meeting, coach Michelle Harchelroad said she was surprised the Broncos were able to sweep the Falcons as easily as they did, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21.

After a couple rough tournaments, Harchelroad felt her team played better.

Colby Cox and Faith Simpson led WP with 10 kills. Ellie Lee had nine kills while hitting .368.

Cameo Rector had 14 assists for WP. Cox had four service aces. Simpson had seven blocks.

Thursday, WP headed to Benkelman to take on Dundy County-Stratton.

Harchelroad said her team played well at times but poor passing caught up with the Broncos in the 18-25, 20-25, 25-19, 19-25 loss.

The poor passes made it difficult to set and swing at the ball effectively, Harchelroad said.

“We had a lot of unforced errors at key times.”

Simpson totaled 16 kills against the Tigers. Cox also finished in double figures with 12 kills.

Rector and Cox each had 13 assists.

Cox had four aces. Simpson had four blocks.

Harchelroad said the team is pretty healthy after having several days off. She expects the team to be ready to go hard through the remainder of the season.

Tuesday the Broncos hosted Perkins County.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, WP will travel to Medicine Valley, before rounding out the week Oct. 16 with a homecoming showdown against Wilcox-Hildreth. Volleyball will follow the football game. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. MT/3:00 p.m. CT with volleyball scheduled for 4:30 p.m. MT/5:30 CT.

The RPAC volleyball tournament will begin Monday, Oct. 19.

Heading down the stretch, Harchelroad said she thinks WP can play with everyone on the remaining schedule.

A little time between games will be helpful.

Harchelroad expects WP to hit the gym hard to clean up its game.

“We need a full week between games to really get in the gym and break things down and work on fundamentals and coverage issues.”