Lady Scouts too much for SCHS volleyball
Not even 15 kills and four blocked shots by Schuyler Central High School junior Kinzie Petersen weren’t quite enough as the Lady Warriors dropped a four-set volleyball match to the visiting David City Lady Scouts on Sept. 20.
David City took three of the four sets by scores of 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, and 25-21 to raise their season record to 5-7 while Schuyler Central fell to 3-9.
“We were trying out a new line-up, so I was a little nervous with how that was going to go with the girls. Even though we lost I am still proud of how the girls played,” coach Jenna Saalfeld said. “There were some weak points for us but overall I thought we played well.”
It was streaky play that once again did in the Lady Warriors. Schuyler trailed in the first set by 13-12 when David City went on a 5-1 run to go up 18-13. The Lady Scouts held an advantage of at least three points the rest of the way.
Schuyler then bolted to a 6-1 lead in the second set and was up by as much as 20-11 on its way to a most impressive nine-point triumph to tie the match at one set apiece.
“We are fortunate to have two great middle hitters in Kinzie and Rachel Shonka,” Saalfeld said. “Getting both girls a consistent set will be important in getting them to have outstanding nights.”
Schuyler appeared to be on its way to a third set win when Petersen knocked down a block giving the Lady Warriors a 6-3 lead, but the Lady Scouts knotted the set at 6-6 and went on a 13-6 roll of their own.
Staring down a 2-1 set deficit, the Lady Warriors never led in the fourth set although they played hard and stayed within striking distance to the very end closing to within 22-20 before the Lady Scouts put it away with their last 4-1 run.
“All season we have been talking about working on keeping up our momentum throughout a whole match,” Saalfeld said. We talk a lot about how when we are on a roll it does get in the heads of the other team. We just need to work on keeping it up and not getting down on ourselves when we make a mistake.”
“The girls see the good things that they are doing on the court. Their confidence in themselves has grown so much this year. We just need to get a few more wins so that they know that they can do it. I know they have so much talent and potential, and they are slowing starting to see that as well.”