Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications

Michaela Dukes (3) sets the ball as backrow players Payton Yearous (11) and Haylee Sandman (2) get into position.

Volleyball team nipped by Hitchcock County in five

The Wauneta-Palisade Broncos volleyball team fought to the bitter end, but still lost its season-opening match 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 24-26, 13-15 to Hitchcock County Friday.
    Service and attack errors littered the first set, but both teams stayed scrappy throughout.
    Neither team managed more than a three-point advantage until WP broke free from a 19-19 tie. Kills by Haylee Sandman and Michaela Dukes, to go with an ace by Payton Yearous, gave WP a 23-20 edge. Back-to-back attack errors by the Falcons handed the first set to WP.
    Hitchcock County maintained control during the second set. WP trailed 9-20 before  closing out the set strong. Sandman, Yearous and Dukes continued to pace the Broncos down the stretch with a kill each. Not only did the Broncos lose the set 16-25, WP lost senior outside hitter Monique Gooden for the rest of the match due to injury.
    With senior Dakota Ingold switching the libero jersey for a regular one, WP took a 7-2 lead in the third set.
    Hitchcock County nibbled into the lead until a rash of WP attack errors swung the advantage back to the Falcons.

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