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Lady Indians Split Matches On Tuesday

On Tuesday, September 3, the Lady Indians hosted teams from Hoxie and Goodland in high school volleyball. The Lady Indian teams each split their matches with their opponents. The varsity Lady Indians lost to Hoxie in two straight sets 25-20, 25-20; but defeated Goodland in three sets 25-16, 20-25, 25-16. In the grade school gymnasium, the junior varsity team lost a two-set match to Goodland (11-25, 16-25), but scored a three-set win (17-25, 25-18, 15-10) over Hoxie.

The three varsity teams received good competition from one another as the teams were evenly matched. The varsity competition began with the Hoxie-St. Francis (SF) contest at 4:30 p.m. Hoxie earned the first point of the set on a SF passing error but followed with a missed service attempt. St. Francis took their first lead of the set on an attack error on the next volley. Hoxie then earned a short run of three points, including two aces by junior Baylee McKenna, moving the score to 4-2. With the help of a dump-set by Karly Bandel and an over-pass tip by Hannah Zimbal, the Lady Indians tied the set at 5-all. Mia Morrow's kill tied the set at 6. An ace by Emma Johnson gave SF another slim lead, but a service error retied the set at 7-all. McKenna's kill knotted the game a 8. The game would be tied 9 times before its completion. The Lady Indians were about to make a run -- make that two runs. Two Hoxie errors and a stuff by Zimbal gave the Lady Indians a hard-earned 3-point advantage (11-8). Hoxie took a time-out to regroup. Returning to the floor, McKenna nailed a vicious spike for the visitors. Leading 12-10, SF earned their second and last run of set. The Lady Indians received scores on a dump-set by Bandel and kill by Johnson enroute to a 17-10 advantage. Hoxie again used a time-out to slow momentum. Hoxie returned to action to reel off a 6-point run, with most of the volleys ending in SF miscues. Only one Hoxie kill was recorded during the run, that by junior Peyton Rogers. Hoxie senior Addy Campbell served up an ace for the final point in the run. Though the Lady Indians took a time-out at 17-14, the point differentai soon narrowed to 17-16. On the next volley, Johnson earned a kill for St. Francis, their first since the Lady Indians led 17-10. Three more SF errors allowed Hoxie to take the lead (18-19). After a Hoxie attack error, Zimbal scored for the Lady Indians earning a point on a Hoxie passing error after her attack. A net violation by Hoxie tied the set for the final time (20-20). St. Francis would not score again. Five consecutive volleys ending in SF miscues allowed Hoxie to earn a 20-25 victory in set one.

St. Francis earned only run of three or more points in set two. Emma Johnson earned a kill and stuff-block enabling the Lady Indians to lead 4-3. Hoxie answered with a 4-point run moving the scoreboard to 4-7 before a kill by Mia Morrow ended the run. St. Francis then scored five points getting three more scoring plays from Morrow and a block from Jordyn Faulkender to lead 10-7. Trailing 11-10, Hoxie earned a five-point run receiving  two aces from senior Macy Schamberger, two kills from Peyton Rogers, and kill by Baylee McKenna. Though SF spent a time-out enroute, the Lady Indians now trailed 11-15. It was time for SF to make a move.....and they did. A kill from the left side by Hannah Zimbal, and an over-set kill by Faulkender jump-started the Lady Indians. Kills by Zimbal and Emma Johnson soon followed. When the Lady Indians pulled within one (17-18), Hoxie called time-out to regroup. Returning to action, Hoxie earned three consecutive points. Following an outstanding save by junior Ayleen Dimas, junior Lauren Spillman earned a kill for the first point of the run. Two SF passing errors followed. The Lady Indians now trailed 17-21. A dump-set by Johnson trimmed the deficit to three, by a tip-kill by Hoxie junior Morgan Keith and two aggressive kills by Schamberger assisted Hoxie to a 20-25 win.

In the late match of evening, St. Francis took on the Cowgirls from Goodland. Taighe and Taxlexa Weeter, former St. Francis students, both started and played well for the visiting Cowgirls. Set one began with an exchange of kills from freshman Talexa Weeter and Mia Morrow. A second Morrow kill tied the set at 2-all. Hannah Zimbal's mid-court tip giving SF a 3-1 lead was followed by a Cowgirl attack error. A second SF serving error allowed Goodland to close within one (4-3). A kill by Morrow, a kill by Emma Johnson, two aces by Morrow, and two attack errors by Goodland completed a 6-point run by the Lady Indians giving them a 10-3 advantage. Goodland had seen enough and called time-out. Two kills by Hannah Zimbal helped move the score to 14-7. Goodland freshman Olivia Lehman then earned a kill and won a joust at the net further closing the margin. An ace by sophomore Emma Lehman narrowing the advantage to 14-11 and was followed by a SF time-out. The Lady Indians returned to the floor to score on a Cowgirl attack error and a kill by Morrow. Goodland senior Lauren Cure tipped an over-set into the middle of the SF court moving the scoreboard to 16-12. A Goodland hitting error and a Zimbal tip advanced the score to 18-12. Goodland then earned a 3-point run on three SF miscues before the Cowgirls committed a setting error (19-15). An ace serve by Morrow gave the Lady Indians a 20-15 lead. After a missed serve, St. Francis scored five straight points to close set one. The run included a nice dump-set by Karly Bandel and a powerful finalizing kill by Johnson. St. Francis won game one 25-16.

It took a very long volley to decide the outcome of the first serve of set two. Emma Johnson earned a kill allowing SF to take the early lead. Emma Lehman soon answered for Goodland, but then missed her service attempt. With the score 3-2, Goodland earned a three-point run on two SF miscues and an ace by freshman Olivia Lehman. The Lady Indians earned a three-point run including two kills by Mia Morrow before missing a serve. The service error began a Cowgirl 3-point run featuring a kill by Lauren Cure. The next run, again by Goodland, resulted from three SF errors and a over-pass tip by junior Makayla Wolak. They flurry also resulted in the Lady Indians spending one of their time-outs. Trailing 7-12, the Lady Indians responded with a four-point rally featuring a strong kill by Johnson. Another missed serve, the 4th in this set by SF, stopped the run. Goodland advanced the margin to 11-14 on an ace by junior Mikayla Biermann. An outstanding hustling save by Karly Bandel was followed by a kill by Kattie Wurm narrowing the deficit to 14-15. The Cowgirls responded with back-to-back kills by Talexa Weeter and Olivia Lehman increasing the margin to three (14-17). Another well-placed down-the-line tip by the Cowgirls soon placed the Lady Indians at a 15-19 deficit, and SF used their final time-out. Two good plays by Zimbal, a kill and an over-pass stuff, pulled the Lady Indians within two (18-20). Coach Angie Brumbaugh then called time-out for Goodland. On the next volley, a net violation by the Cowgirls moved the score to 19-20.  It was as close as the Lady Indians would get in set two. Another missed serve and 3 attack errors gave the Cowgirls a 4-point run. The last point of set, finalizing the game at 20-25, also resulted from a missed serve by the Lady Indians. Though the Lady Indians missed 6 serves in the set, they competed well, and the contest moved to the deciding set.

Set three opened with another missed serve by the Lady Indians, but Emma Johnson answered with an aggressive kill to even the match at 1-all. Olivia Lehman served up three consecutive aces for the Cowgirls moving the score to 1-5 and triggering a SF time-out. After returning to action, Mia Morrow earned a kill, and Alondra Gomez scored on an ace. Unfortunately, another missed serve stopped the run. Lauren Cure and Taighe Weeter each followed with kills for the Cowgirls (3-8). A kill by Makayla Wolak helped nudge the score to 4-10, and SF used their final time-out early in set three. The Lady Indians responded well earning a 4-point run on three Cowgirl attack errors and a stuff by Johnson. The deficit was now reduced to 8-10. A long volley featuring scrambling saves by both teams ended with a Morrow tip of an over-pass. The action trimmed the deficit to 10-11. Behind some good serves by SF freshman Rian Zimbal, the Lady Indians earned a 4-point run to take a 14-12 lead. The action included a kill and stuff by Morrow. A quick-set kill by the Cowgirls ended the SF run. The Cowgirls missed their service attempt, but soon added another 3-point run including a kill by Talexa Weeter and two aces by Olivia Lehman. A communication error on a roll-over by Morrow ended the Goodland run. The Cowgirls would not score again. St. Francis won 9 consecutive volleys to close the match. Along the way Hannah Zimbal scored on an over-pass tip, and Gomez added two aces; one finalizing the set. St. Francis won set three and the match; 25-16.

Hoxie defeated Goodland in the other varsity match of the evening.

The Lady Indians will play the Idalia Lady Wolves in Idalia on Thursday, September 5.  Matches begin at 4:30 p.m. CT.

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