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Lady Raiders Down Mitchell Go 2-1 At Cozad Tourney

SIDNEY--The Lady Raiders Volleyball team opened their home schedule on Tuesday, September 5 against the Lady Tigers of Mitchell. Although the Mitchell team gave a good showing, they were no match for the Lady Raiders, falling in straight sets to give Sidney the 3-to-0 victory.

The Lady Raiders battled back-and-forth with the Lady Tigers most of the way in the first set until they were able to pull away for the 25-to-19 victory. Sidney kept up the momentum in the second set, pulling away early with a big lead en route to a 25-to-7 second set victory. The Mitchell girls regrouped in the third set and battled hard, but again the Lady Raiders were able to pull away in the end for a 25-to-20 third set victory, completing the 3-to-0 match sweep. Senior Chloe Ahrens led the offense in kills with 14. Senior Payton Schrotberger had 3 ace serves and 26 assists in the win.

Next up, the Lady Raiders traveled to Cozad on Saturday, September 9, for tournament play. First up was Cozad, and the Lady Raiders had no trouble breezing through the struggling Lady Haymakers, taking the match in straight sets, 25-to-12 and 25-to-12 for the 2-to-0 match victory. Ahrens again led the offense with 13 kills, and Schrotberger had 15 assists in the win. Next, the Lady Raiders had a battle with a strong Ogallala team. Sidney came out sharp and took the first set 25-to-17. Ogallala fired back with a 25-to-20 win in the second set, setting up a third and final set. The last set was a battle the whole way, but Ogallala was able to string together a few consecutive points at the end to take the third set, 25-to-23, and the 2-to-1 match victory. Senior Karsyn Leeling led the offense with 14 kills and Schrotberger again led in assists with 24.

The third match of the day had the Lady Raiders match up against St. Cecilia's out of Hastings. Sidney was able to out-battle the Lady Bluehawks in the first set 25-to-23, but the St. Cecilia's squad came back strong in the second set, putting Sidney away with a 25-to-14 victory. The third set was all Lady Raiders again, with Sidney settling in and putting away the Lady Bluehawks with a 25-to-16 set victory for the 2-to-1 match victory.

Sidney moves to 5-and-3 on the season, and was scheduled to play Chadron and Bridgeport Tuesday at Sidney High School.


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