Weekend Volleyball Recap
All three Columbus area high schools’ volleyball teams were in local action on Saturday.
Scotus Central Catholic played at the Omaha Bryan Tournament, Columbus played in the Norris tournament and Lakeview played in the Boone Tournament.
Lakeview went 2-1 over the weekend in their tournament. The Lady Vikes won their first two games, defeating Oakland-Craig in two sets 25-15 and 25-2 and Ord 25-16 and 25-23.
In the Oakland-Craig game Britney Stock had five kills, Reese Janssen had 28 assits, and Kaycee Grotelueschen had three aces and 11 digs to lead the Vikings.
In the game against Ord Stock had nine kills, Janssen had 33 assists, Emily Van Cleave had three aces and Mattie Purcell had 19 digs, all of which were team highs for Lakeview.
They lost their third set to Stanton 2-1 with scores of 25-19, 22-25 and 25-19.
“We played far better than a week ago,” said Lakeview head coach KC Belitz. “We jumped out to an early lead and maintained that. Ord is a team that we probably haven’t beaten in a few years. I thought we played pretty well in that match. It was a good match for both teams. There wasn’t a ton of errors for either team.”
Belitz said he was specifically happy with the attacking of his team.
“I think our attack was quite a bit better than it’s been most nights,” Belitz said. “Katee Korte, Britney Stock and Emily Van Cleave all had really nice matches early on. Then Abby Kaples just had a tremendous match offensively against Stanton. They just had no way to stop her in the second set. She had nine straight swings that were kills.”
Lakeviews (5-3) will be in action at 5 p.m. Thursday when they travel to Aurora (3-8) for a tri that will also feature Central City (3-3).
The Discoverers went 2-2 over the weekend.
CHS won its opening match of the tournament against Platteview 2-1. They lost the first set 26-24, but responded with two straight victories 25-16 and 25-21.
Lauren Benck had nine kills, Brooke Benck had 14 assists and Kylie Wisehart had three aces and 12 digs all which were team highs for the Discoverers.
Columbus lost its second game to Norris in two straight sets 25-13 and 25-12.
The Discoverers responded from the loss against Norris by sweeping Crete 25-12 and 25-7.
Laura Czarnick and Jaleigh Adams-Tuls both had four kills, Brooke Benck had 11 assists and Wisehart had seven digs to lead CHS.
The Discoverers lost their last match of the day to Grand Island in two sets 25-23 and 25-17.
Columbus head coach Jeri Otten said that CHS was able to reach some of their goals they set for themselves.
“The girls set a goal for getting at least fourth place, so they definitely hit that record,” she said. “That was nice for them to hit their goal. So now we’ll keep increasing our goal moving forward. It was really good to see progress within the team.”
Columbus (7-8) will be in action next against Grand Island (1-7) at 6:30 p.m. on Sep. 18 at home.
Scotus place first in their tournament, sweeping all six matches.
Their first game was against Fremont which the Shamrocks won by scores of 25-23 and 25-14.
They then defeated Omaha Northwest 26-24 and 25-21.
In their third and final game Scotus beat Fremont 25-10 and 25-23.
Saturday included results over Fremont 25-23 and 25-14, a semifinal rematch win over Northwest 26-24 and 25-21 then a championship rematch victory over Fremont 25-10, 25-23.
Janet Tooley was happy that her team was able to get championship experience in close matches.
“It’s positive to get that many matches, and the fact that none of them went three sets,” Tooley said. “We played 12 sets total, which would be like two duels plus two sets. We did still have some ups and downs. We had some serving issues as far as what’s still hampering us a little bit, but were still able to work on those fortunately. That’s something that can still be fixed.”
The next action for Scotus (9-2) will be at 7:15 pm tonight at home against Aquinas (5-2).
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org