Lady Raiders Go Through another Rough Week
Fall To 14-10 on Year With Losses
October 5, 2023
SIDNEY--After opening the season strong with a 10-and-3 record, the Sidney Lady Raider Volleyball team has hit a rough patch, dropping four of their last seven matches, including losses to rivals Chadron and Scottsbluff.
On September 26, the Lady Raiders traveled to Scottsbluff for a match against the Lady Bearcats. Sidney started strong, with a 25-to-20 first set victory, and then jumped out to a 5-to-1 lead in the second set. But Scottsbluff got hot and narrowed the Sidney edge, and battled the whole way through the second set. Scottsbluff was able to get past Sidney with four straight points to take the second set, 25-to-22.
Sidney lost their momentum and had slow starts in the next two sets, ultimately falling in each by scores of 25-to-17 for a 3-to-1 match loss. Senior Karysn Leeling led the Lady Raiders with 17 kills in the match and senior Payton Schrotberger had 21 assists in the loss. Junior Ryan Dillehay had 18 assists in the match for Sidney.
The Lady Raiders traveled back up to Scottsbluff for tournament action on Friday and Saturday, with mixed results. They first faced McCook, and were able to get past the Lady Bison two sets to one. Leeling again led the offense with 13 kills and had 18 serve receptions. Next up was Chadron, and the Lady Cardinals outlasted the Lady Raiders for a two to one match victory. Sidney ended Friday's action with a match against Crete, and after taking the first set 25-to-23, the Crete girls were able to get back on track and pushed Sidney into extra points with a 26-to-24 second set win and followed that up with a 25-to-21 third set win for a two to one match victory against Sidney.
On Saturday, the Lady Raiders started with two straight set wins, first over Torrington 25-to-22, 25-to-14 and then over Mitchell 25-to-21, 25-to-19. It was the Lady Raiders third win over Mitchell this season. In their third match, the Lady Raiders faced off against the Lady Raiders of Stevens. Stevens took the first set 25-to-22 and then Sidney regrouped for a second set win, 25-to-23. But the Stevens team held off the Sidney girls in the third set for a 25-to-20 win, giving them the 2-to-1 match victory.
The Lady Raiders hope to find their stride again as they host the Western Conference Tournament on Saturday.