Scott City’s Tyler Vondracek (left) and Cami Patton dive for a dig during Saturday’s action against Ulysses in the Great West Activities Conference tournament.
By Rod Haxton, editor
Spikers outlast Ulysses in GWAC tourney
It was just the second match in a long day at the Great West Activities Conference volleyball tournament, but for the Scott City girls the second round win over Ulysses may have felt like a championship match.
“You’d have thought we’d qualified for state,” says head coach Megan Gentry. “I didn’t mind. It had been a long time since we’d beaten (Ulysses).
None of the Lady Beavers were on the high school roster the last time it happened.
An emotional group of spikers put that streak behind them with a hard-fought 24-26, 27-25, 28-26 win over the Lady Tigers. They would go on to claim second place in the league tournament with their only loss coming against Holcomb.
Getting the lead wasn’t so much an issue for SCHS as keeping the lead. They held the early advantage in each of their three games, but allowed Ulysses to pull even or take the lead each time.
In the opening game loss they let a 12-4 lead slip away. They opened up a 22-17 cushion in the second game and Ulysses tied the score at 24-24 before the Lady Beavers pulled away.
In the tie-breaker, Ulysses pulled even at 18-18 before Scott City put together three consecutive points.
Macy Berning and Kiana Yager each had kills that inched SCHS closer to a win at 23-20 and 24-21. The game was again tied at 26-26 before the Lady Beavers scored the final two points.
Scott City had to overcome some controversial officiating calls.
“I told the girls those were things we had to deal with and that we’d have to work that much harder to get through it,” Gentry says.
“Beating a team like Ulysses is a huge confidence-builder heading into sub-state,” says Gentry. “It shows how far we’ve come this season.”
Fall to Holcomb
Because Scott City had been involved in three-game matches against Colby and Ulysses, their court had fallen behind the action on the neighboring court, which meant they weren’t going to get an anticipated break.
“I feel that was a factor in our Holcomb match,” says Gentry.
SCHS dropped both games 23-25, 23-25, to the Lady Longhorns who they hope to see again in the sub-state finals on Saturday.
Some of Scott City’s damage was self-inflicted, including five missed serves in each game.
“In a tight match against a team the caliber of Holcomb, that’s the difference between winning and losing. If we don’t give away free points we have a great chance of winning that match,” she emphasizes.
Sub-State is Saturday
SCHS (26-9) is the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A-Division II sub-state to be hosted by Holcomb (30-5) on Saturday.
The Lady Beavers will face Colby (7-26) in first round action at 3:00 p.m. The championship match will follow at 4:00 p.m.
While a rematch with Holcomb is on Scott City’s minds, Gentry knows her team can’t think too far ahead.
“Colby hasn’t beaten us this year and there’s nothing they would like better than to get the upset,” says Gentry. “We can’t overlook them and we can’t afford to get off to a slow start and give them any momentum.”
If SCHS can take care of business in that match, Gentry is hoping her team is due to get a win against the Lady Longhorns after losing to them three times this season.
“Playing them as close as we did at league was a confidence builder. We know we can beat them if we limit our mistakes,” Gentry says. “Holcomb doesn’t seem to have any flaws, so it will take a great match on our part if we get the chance to play them, but it’s a match we know we can win.”
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