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Girls Pick Up Additional Wins

The Lady Indians earned three more wins on Tuesday evening in Brewster. The Lady Indian junior varsity opened the evening with a 25-13, 25-11 win over Triplains-Brewster. The varsity Lady Indians defeated the Lady Titans 25-19, 25-10 and earned a three-set victory over Wallace County 24-26, 25-14, 25-20.

In junior varsity action, the Lady Indians only allowed one run of three points in the entire match and cruised to a 25-13, 25-11 victory. Triplains-Brewster had trouble accurately passing the Lady Indians' serves and attacks and the game became very lop-sided. Though the Lady Indians trailed early, a kill by Taighe Weeter tied set one at 3-all and started an eight-point Lady Indian run. The run featured consistent serving by Emma Johnson, a kill by Hannah Zimbal, and an ace by Johnson. The run stopped on a kill by Regan Stramel (Fr.) for the Lady Titans, but Zimbal answered with a kill on the next volley. A four-point SF run including a kill by Lauren Johnson moved the score to 15-5. The final SF run, consisting of 6 points, was served by Emma Johnson and included a tip-kill by Weeter. St. Francis won set one 25-13.

Set two was much the same. St. Francis led 3-1 early, but then missed a serve and gave up two aces due to strong serves by WC's Morgan Bryant (So.). The run ended on a back-row-kill by Karly Bandel. The points also began an 8-point SF run featuring some strong serves by Jessica Confer (two aces) and a kill by Emma Johnson. Several of the points came on passing errors by the Lady Titans. Trailing 11-4, TB called time-out. After returning to the floor, another missed serve by the Lady Indians ended the run. The next SF run was served up by Lindsey Johnson (one ace). The additional 6 points moved the scoreboard to 19-6. St. Francis earned one more run of 4 points before the set ended. The run included a kill by Kattie Wurm. St. Francis won set two 25-11.

The action was much closer in the varsity match between St. Francis and Triplains-Brewster. St. Francis allowed four 3-point runs to the Lady Titans in set one, but answered with runs of 5, 5, 5, and 4 to seal the win. Emileigh Dinkel opened set one with a kill, but the Lady Indians fell behind (2-3) on a stuff by the Lady Titans. It was the only time the Lady Indians would trail in the match. Jessica Confer tied the match with an aggressive kill starting a 5-point Lady Indian run. The run was due to 4 consecutive TB errors; some due to aggressive serves by Madison Tice. The next SF run was aided by some consistent serves by Karly Bandel and widened the margin to 11-6. TB's Brianna Hanson (Fr.) ended the run with a kill off-the-net. A 3-point TB run narrowed the advantage to 11-9. The Lady TItans would get no closer. St. Francis reeled off another run of 5 points extending the lead to 16-9. In the run, Hanna Bracelin earned two kills, Hannah Zimbal recorded an aggressive over-pass kill, and Jessica Confer an ace. Two back-to-back kills by Madison Carter (So.) and an ace serve by the Lady Titans narrowed the gap to four points (18-14) before a kill by Lindsey Johnson slowed the Titans. The margin narrowed further to 19-16 on consecutive SF miscues before the Lady Indians took a time-out to regroup. After the time-out, Confer scored on a well-placed tip, but Carter answered with a kill. The Lady Indians then scored four consecutive points on a kill by Confer and three TB attack errors. A Bracelin kill sealed a 25-19 win.

The Lady Indians only allowed one run of 5 points in the second set and, after being closely contested early, rolled to an dominating win. St. Francis jumped out to a 4-0 lead getting an kill and ace from Lauren Johnson along the way. Another strong spike by Carter ended the run, but was followed by back-to-back kills by Jessica Confer. St. Francis earned kills by Lauren Johnson (2) and Confer en route to a 10-4 advantage. Triplains-Brewster then reeled off 5 consecutive points to close within one (10-9). The TB run included some strong serves by Maia Carter (Sr.) and kills by Madison Carter and Katie Hillery (2) (Sr.). Taighe Weeter's kill stopped the run and started a four-point SF run that included a deep-tip by Hanna Bracelin and well-placed tip by Emileigh Dinkel. After another Hillery score (14-10), the Lady Indians rolled. With aggressive serving by Lauren Johnson and excellent team play, the Lady Indians scored 11 straight points to end the match. Along the way, Lauren Johnson recorded three aces and Lindsey Johnson three kills. St. Francis won set two 25-10.

The Wallace County (WC) match was tightly contested. St. Francis earned a 4-0 lead getting an ace from Lauren Johnson and a kill by Emileigh Dinkel. A 5-point WC run including 2 kills by Aubrey Kuhlman (So.), a kill by Leah Ayrers (So.), and a kill by Haylee Hennick (So.) placed the Lady Indians at a 6-5 deficit. Jessica Confer's smash tied the set, but a tip by Makenna Chancey (Fr.) plus a few SF errors soon resulted in a SF time-out (7-9). Returning to the floor, Taighe Weeter scored on a spike, but another WC run, ending with a kill by Sydni Allen (Sr.), soon placed the Lady Indians at an even greater deficit (9-13). St. Francis answered with a 3-point run which included an outstanding save by Lindsey Johnson and an ace by Weeter. The set became tied at 14-all on an ace by Lauren Johnson. WC took a two-point advantage on an ace serve by Allen and a SF communication error, but then missed a serve. Lindsey Johnson's block retied the set at 16, but a kill by Kuhlman put WC in front again. St. Francis finally regained the advantage (18-17) on a stuff by Confer, but it was followed by another Hennick kill retying the set once again (18-18). A kill by Confer off an attempted block and WC attack error resulted in a WC time-out (20-18). After the Lady Indians gave up a point on a net violation, an over-set kill by Lauren Johnson and a double-stuff by Johnson and Dinkel gave the Lady Indians a 23-19 lead. Three St. Francis attack errors and a kill by Allen soon tied the set at 23-all. St. Francis gained a 1-point advantage on a WC passing error, but then missed a serve. Two final attack errors by the Lady Indians allowed the Lady Wildcats to earn an exciting 26-24 win in set one.

Trailing 1-2 in set one, the Lady Indians earned a 3-point run getting a kill by Jessica Confer, an ace by Madison Tice and kill by Hanna Bracelin to lead 4-2. The next SF run, 4 points in length, included two aces by Karly Bandel and a Bracelin kill. The score moved to 8-3 and triggered a WC time-out. An over-pass kill and stuff by Bracelin advanced the scoreboard to 11-4. A four-point WC run narrowed the advantage to 11-8 and included a kill by Sydni Allen. The teams battled evenly until St. Francis called a time-out after the Lady Wildcats closed the advantage to 14-12. After the time-out, a missed serve by the Wildcats started a huge run for the Lady Indians. Taking advantage of some aggressive serving by Lauren Johnson, the Lady Indians reeled off nine consecutive points to lead 23-12. The action included several nice defensive saves as well as two aces by Johnson, three kills by Lindsey Johnson, and a kill by Confer. The run ended on a missed serve. Allen and Confer traded back-to-back kills en route to a 25-14 SF win.

St. Francis never trailed in set three, but the outcome was in doubt throughout much of the set. Action in the deciding set was very competitive with both teams expending great effort to win. The set opened with two kills (Jessica Confer and Emileigh Dinkel) and an ace (Madison Tice) for St. Francis and kill by the Lady Wildcats (Allen) en route to a 4-2 score. Consecutive over-pass kills by Confer and Hanna Bracelin moved the score to 7-4. A kill by Hennick tied the set at 7-all. Leading 10-9, the Lady Indians scored 6 consecutive points to lead 16-9, The spurt included kill by Confer, two aces and a kill by Lauren Johnson, a kill by Lindsey Johnson, and an outstanding play involving a dig by Taighe Weeter, a reactionary set by Dinkel, and a tip-kill by Lindsey Johnson. The outburst caused a WC time-out. After returning to the floor, WC earned three straight points on two SF attack errors and a kill by Ayers. The next SF run, five points in length, advanced the score to 21-12. The run featured kills by Bracelin, Lindsey Johnson, and Confer. The advantage grew to 10 points (23-13) after an aggressive smash by Confer and an ace by Karly Bandel. WC wasn't about to quit; and soon were threatening again. A missed serve started the action, and WC scored on 7 of the next 8 volleys, narrowing the margin to 24-20 before a hitting error ended the match. St. Francis defeated a very competitive Wallace County team 25-20.

The Lady Indians will complete in the Northwest Kansas League Volleyball Tournament in Oberlin on Saturday, October 23.

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