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Lady Tigers Win Thriller on Senior Day

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 16th, 2013

Lady Tigers wear their pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer research in their annual "Volley for a cure" game.

After a tough four set loss in Burns Friday night, the NCHS volleyball team came back to beat Saratoga at Tiger Gym last Saturday. The split moved NCHS to 2-5 in conference games with a Friday match against Southeast remaining.

Burns took the first set 25-14 before the Lady Tigers rebounded to win the second one by a 26-24 count. The Lady Broncs did a better job of converting their serves and limiting unforced errors as they took the next two sets by 25-14 and 25-16 scores.

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Jayci Shoults 18 digs; Jessica Bruegger 4 kills, 3 stuff blocks; Kassidy Miller 7 kills, 4 stuff blocks; Lexie Dockery 31 digs.

Saturday was the annual “Volley for a cure” game as NCHS had their pink jerseys out to raise awareness for breast cancer research. It was also senior day for the six Lady Tigers playing their last home volleyball match. The seniors honored were Hailey Bruegger, Jessica Bruegger, Kodi Krejci, Rishell Lizasuain, Kassidy Miller, Jayci Shoults and manager Colette Graham. Saratoga was the visitors and the scrappy Lady Panthers were not interested in giving a free win away. The visitors tried to run away with the first set as they gained an 11-5 advantage early, but Hailey Bruegger served up four in a row to keep NCHS close. Saratoga went on another run and held off a late surge to win the set 25-18.

The second set began close before Lexi Blackburn served five in a row to propel the Lady Tigers to an 11-5 lead. NCHS benefitted from poor Saratoga serving on the other side of the net and extended the lead to 14-6. Shoults got the hot hand as she offered the final two to win 25-11 and even the match at one apiece.

Amber Jensen got into the act early in the third set as she helped Lusk to a 6-1 with five in a row. The Lady Panthers fought back and eventually the game was tied at 14. NCHS never faltered as Blackburn served up three more and H. Bruegger and McKayle Mosley each came up with big kills to win the third set 25-19.

Looking to close out the match would prove to be difficult as Saratoga opened up with a 9-4 lead. The Lady Tigers got back within 11-9 but could not steal the momentum, as the visitors set up a deciding game five by the 25-21 score.

After Saratoga took a 5-2 lead, NCHS gritted their teeth and came back to force a tie at eight. Ensuing tie scores were held at 9, 12 and 14, keeping the fans on edge. Shoults was called upon to put the game away and her serves put H. Bruegger in position to kill the final two points in the 16-14 final score.

For the complete article see the 10-16-2013 issue.

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