Lady Jays win Nemaha Central Tournament

The Sabetha High School volleyball team celebrates winning the Nemaha Central Tournament. Pictured are FRONT ROW (L-R) Assistant Coach Maggie Suther, Emily Krebs, Payton Michael, Maggi Hughes, Mariah Russell, Morgan Schuette and manager Erin Howard; BACK ROW (L-R) Assistant Coach Brian Cole, Nikole Kuenzi, Sofia Kuenzi, Minnie Schumann, Camryn Wessel, Kinley Schuette, Leah Renyer, manager Irish Rokey and Head Coach Abby Stueve.

Sabetha started out the tournament in the Purple Pool, with Nemaha Central, Rock Creek, Horton and ACCHS.

In the first match of the tournament, Sabetha faced off with league foe Nemaha Central. The Jays came out strong defeating the Thunder in straight sets, 25-22 and 27-25.

Sabetha went on to win their next three matches of pool play as well — defeating Horton in straight sets, 25-15 and 25-19; Rock Creek in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-23; and ACCHS in straight sets, 25-7 and 25-14.

With a 4-0 pool play record, the Jays advanced to tournament play at the top seed from the Purple Pool. Nemaha Central, with a 3-1 pool play record, advanced as the second seed.

In the Blue Pool were Marysville, Atchison, Hiawatha, Pleasant Ridge and Riverside. Marysville and Atchison advanced out of this pool, Marysville as the first seed and Atchison and the second seed.

Tournament play matched up Sabetha with Atchison and Nemaha Central with Marysville. Sabetha defeated Atchison in straight sets, 25-21 and 25-20. Nemaha Central topped Marysville in two as well, 25-18 and 25-14.

“We started the finals off with an injury and Nikole Kuenzi had to sit,” said Head Coach Abby Stueve. “Leah Renyer was subbed in and had a great performance.”

In the third place game, Marysville defeated Atchison in straight sets, 25-22 and 25-14.

Meanwhile, Sabetha and Nemaha Central faced off in a championship match that extended much longer than the third-place contest.

Pushing it to the wire, Sabetha fell in the first set — 21-25. In the second set, the two teams again went blow for blow, with the Jays coming out on top 25-23. In the third and deciding set, the Thunder pulled out in front quickly and were ahead 20-10, just five points from clenching the win. But Sabetha again showed the grit and determination that has been their calling card so far this season, coming back to score 15 points to Nemaha Central’s two and stun the Thunder on their home court, 25-22.

“There was no better example of the type of team these girls have created than the third set of the championship game,” Coach Stueve said. “Everyone kept a positive attitude and showed some immense determination to pull off a 10-20 deficit win over the number one tournament ranked opponent in their home gym. No fear allowed this team to persevere and overcome the adversity. We are on our way to great things!”

On the day — which included 13 sets over the course of six matches — the Jays hit 297 of 317 serve attempts, for a serving efficiency of 93.7 percent. The Jays also tallied 32 service aces.

Leading server was senior Maggi Hughes, who tallied eight aces on 62 good serves. Senior Kinley Schuette knocked over two aces on 57 good serves, while sophomore Emily Krebs had five aces on 50 good serves.

Offensively, the team was led by junior Minnie Schumann who tallied 32 kills on 90 good hits. Senior Payton Michael scored 24 kills on 68 good hits.

Defensively, Schumann tallied 73 defensive digs and 66 serve receives, while libero Hughes had 69 defense digs and 64 serve receives.

At the net, Sabetha tallied 14 solo blocks and 32 assist blocks. Senior Morgan Schuette had five solo blocks and six assists. Michael and senior Sofia Kuenzi tallied two solo blocks apiece, and seven and nine assist blocks respectively.

With Saturday’s wins, the Jays advance to a 14-2 record.

The Jays welcomed Nemaha Central and Royal Valley to their home court for a triangular on Tuesday, Sept. 17. These results were not available at The Herald’s press time.

 

Day Total

NAME

GOOD HIT

KILL

AST

GOOD SRV

SRV ACE

SRV %

DIG

SRV RCV

S BLK

AST BLK

Camryn Wessel

3

1

0

0

0

0.0

0

1

0

0

Emily Krebs

2

0

0

50

5

98.0

26

1

0

0

Kinley Schuette

8

3

0

57

2

96.6

23

0

0

0

Leah Renyer

42

12

0

23

4

88.5

26

24

0

4

Maggi Hughes

6

1

0

62

8

95.4

69

64

0

0

Mariah Russell

43

14

0

0

0

11

16

2

4

Melinna Schumann

90

32

0

40

4

93.0

73

66

0

1

Morgan Schuette

52

19

0

35

4

97.2

7

2

5

6

Nikole Kuenzi

37

18

0

30

5

83.3

28

25

3

1

Payton Michael

68

24

0

0

0

19

12

2

7

Sofia Kuenzi

33

13

0

0

0

6

1

2

9

TEAM TOTAL

384

137

0

297

32

93.7

288

212

14

32

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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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