Jays show ‘grit’ in NC losses

Senior Kymbrie Ulrich prepares to set the ball, while senior Laurel Smith comes in from behind to hit, during the Sabetha-Nemaha Central contest on Tuesday, October 10.

The Sabetha High School volleyball team was back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 10, hosting the Nemaha Central Thunder in the two teams first meeting this season.

While Nemaha Central came away with two wins, Sabetha showed “grit and resolve,” said Head Coach Abby Stueve.

Senior Kourtney Barnes makes the pass on this serve receive versus Nemaha Central on Tuesday, October 10.

“I am extremely happy with our performance last night,” Stueve said. “After a trying week against Royal Valley, Holton and the Silver Lake Tournament, we mentally needed to prove to ourselves that we are capable of some pretty great things.”

“We are struggling with consistency, but we had more moments of pure gold than not last night,” Stueve said. “We are climbing up a mountain and the post season peak is within view.”

Sabetha took Nemaha Central to three games in the first match, falling 14-25 in the first, winning 25-22 in the second and coming up just short in the final 25-20.

The Jays served well, hitting 54 of 57 serves for 94.7 percent. Freshman Melinna Schumann tallied perfect 15 of 15 serving with one ace, and senior Kymbrie Ulrich was a perfect 10 of 10.

Offensively, sophomore Nikole Kuenzi knocked down 22 of 26 with six kills. Senior Laurel Smith wasn’t far behind, hitting 14 of 19 with six kills. As a team, the Jays made good on 67 of 82 hitting attempts and tallied 21 kills. Ulrich tallied 14 set assists.

Senior Kaitlyn Tinklin makes the hit during the Sabetha-Nemaha Central match-up on Tuesday, October 10.

Defensively, junior Hillary Krebs led her team with 22 serve receives and 15 digs.

In the second match, Sabetha had trouble setting it up off the serve in the first game, falling 25-7. The team put up a fight in game two, but still fell 25-20.

Sabetha served 92.9 percent, making good on 26 of 28 attempts. Four Lady Jays were perfect from behind the line — Ulrich with seven; and Krebs, Schumann and senior Cassidy Holthaus with four apiece.

Smith led her team offensively, tallying 10 of 14 hitting with two kills. Kuenzi was eight of 11 with three kills.

Defensively, Krebs led the team with 21 serve receives and 11 digs.

 

Nemaha Central – Match 1

NAME

GOOD HIT

KILL

AST

GOOD SRV

SRV ACE

SRV %

DIG

SRV RCV

S BLK

AST BLK

Cassidy Holthaus

0

0

0

4

0

100

6

17

0

0

Hillary Krebs

2

0

1

3

0

75

15

22

0

0

Kaitlyn Tinklin

8

5

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

Kourtney Barnes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Kymbrie Ulrich

0

0

14

10

0

100

4

0

0

0

Laurel Smith

14

6

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

Marissa Peabody

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

Melinna Schumann

11

1

0

15

1

100

3

3

0

3

Morgan Schuette

10

3

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

Nikole Kuenzi

22

6

1

10

0

90.9

9

15

0

4

Shea Duncan

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

Trista Argabright

0

0

4

12

2

92.3

2

0

0

0

TEAM TOTAL

67

21

21

54

3

94.7

48

63

0

7

Nemaha Central – Match 2

NAME

GOOD HIT

KILL

AST

GOOD SRV

SRV ACE

SRV %

DIG

SRV RCV

S BLK

AST BLK

Cassidy Holthaus

1

1

0

4

1

100

7

4

0

0

Hillary Krebs

7

0

0

4

1

100

11

21

0

0

Kaitlyn Tinklin

3

2

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

Kymbrie Ulrich

1

0

4

7

0

100

2

0

0

0

Laurel Smith

10

2

3

0

0

2

5

0

0

Mariah Russell

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Marissa Peabody

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

Melinna Schumann

7

3

1

4

1

100

3

2

0

0

Morgan Schuette

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Nikole Kuenzi

8

3

0

3

0

75

3

6

0

0

Trista Argabright

0

0

4

4

0

80

0

0

0

0

TEAM TOTAL

39

12

12

26

3

92.9

31

44

0

0

Amber Deters122 Posts

Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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