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Mustangs take 4th in Axtell Volleyball Tournament

Kate Baker

September 04, 2019

The Lady Mustangs faced some tough competition in their tournament in Axtell on Saturday. The seven other teams competing were Alma, Axtell, Dundy County-Stratton, Hampton, Lawrence-Nelson, Loomis, and Palmer. To start off the day, the Mustangs took on Dundy County-Stratton. In the first set, the Mustangs had to prove their ability to fight to the end, pushing to win 27-25. Junior Kerigan Karr led the team with 19 assists and junior Madison Miller picked up 10 digs to lead the team on defense. Freshman Georgi tenBensel added an impressive 15 kills to the Mustangs 34 total to help the Mustangs pull ahead early in the second set to defeat the Tigers 25-17 and move to the championship bracket. 

Taking on Axtell for the second match of the day, the Mustangs fell to the Wildcats in two sets with scores of 25-16 and 25-18. Freshman Brooklyn Meyer recalls, “We talked more and played more together as a team against Dundy County-Stratton.” Defensively, the Mustangs only picked up 20 digs in the two sets which contributed to the Mustangs struggling to get an offense going, only tallying 14 kills. They couldn’t stop Morgan Miller and the Axtell offense, as she put down 10 of their 33 kills in the two set match. 

To end their day, the Mustangs faced Alma in a grueling three set game, but unfortunately fell to the Cardinals in the third set. The first set was a close one, with the Mustangs coming up short 20-25. With a slow start in the second set, the Mustangs needed a comeback which was led by  tenBensel with an impressive .400 hitting percentage. Sophomore Katelyn Karr aided the Mustangs on defense with 21 digs in the three set game, leading to a 25-21 win for the Mustangs. Unfortunately, the Cardinals came out hot in the third set, defeating the Mustangs 25-15. 

The Mustangs placed fourth out of eight teams. Lawrence-Nelson took home the Championship plaque. Looking ahead, Meyer says, “We need to work on being more confident in our hitting, talking more, and lifting our teammates up. A lot of the errors that we have can be fixed, and now that we have more experience, we are playing more as a team, which makes it a fun game to play.” 

 

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