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By Don Ogle 

Lady Raiders add two wins to recent success


Anne Johnson

Annalise Lecher slams down a point, leading the Lady Raiders to a recent victory. Sidney travels to Aurora today to see how it stacks up against schools from the other end of the state.

Sidney continued its roll of success in Gering, taking straight-set wins over Kimball and host Gering in triangular action Thursday.

The Lady Raiders opened play against Gering, winning 25-10, 25-10, then capped the evening with a 25-16, 25-12 win over Kimball.

Sidney got into its rhythm early, said coach Sarah Wilson, and remained in the zone throughout the match.

"Our mental game was really good tonight," Wilson said. "We focused on playing clean sets."

Earlier this week, Sidney had off-and-on problems getting into the rhythm of their game against Chase County, but Thursday it was Sidney's turn to be the disrupter.

"The other teams couldn't get into their rhythm tonight," Wilson said.

Part of that, Wilson said, was Sidney's continued success in its serving game. Sidney servers placed the ball well, scoring 14 aces on the night. That, coupled with strong net play, kept Sidney's opponents off balance.

"Everybody just did their role," Wilson said. "They did what they needed to so to stay sharp."

That sharpness will receive a good test today as they Lady Raiders play in the Aurora tournament. There, Sidney will face the likes of Concordia and Waverly, "teams from that end of the state we wouldn't normally see until state," said Wilson.


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