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Lady Tigers Qualify For Regional Tournament

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 2013

#22 Lexi Blackburn, a recent receipiant of the WHSAA Good Sportmanship Award, plays with Lady Tiger class.

The NCHS volleyball team went into the final weekend of the regular season in search of two SEWAC wins in Goshen County. After traveling to Yoder for their last conference game of the season Friday evening, they went to Lingle to face the Lady Doggers in the regular season finale on Saturday.

Friday evening in Yoder it did not start well for the Lady Tigers as Southeast got off to a fast start to win the first set 25-11. NCHS was more competitive in the second set, but could not get a hot streak going in the 25-17 loss. The third set was tied at nine before SE went on an 11-1 run, and closed out the sweep by the 25-11 score. Hailey Bruegger led the team with six kills.

On Saturday at Lingle-against the Wyopreps.com’s 1A fourth-ranked Lady Doggers, it was another “Pink Out” as teams and fans showed their support for breast cancer awareness and research. Despite falling in three sets, the Lady Tigers were focused and made LFL work hard for every point. Scores for the match were 25-16, 25-17 and 25-19 in favor of the home team.

NCHS PLAYER STATS: H. Bruegger 5 kills; Kassidy Miller 4 stuff blocks; Jessica Bruegger 2 stuff blocks.

Monday in Pine Bluffs, NCHS found themselves in the play in game to qualify for the 2A East Regionals, to be held in Wright this Friday and Saturday. After dropping the first set by a 25-12 score, the Lady Tigers kicked their game into overdrive to win three straight and a trip to the regional tournament for just the second time since 2009.

The second set was close all the way as the Lady Tigers rebounded for the 25-22 win. Confidence was growing for the Lusk girls and they got off to a good start and won the third by a 25-14 score.

The Hornet’s Nest is difficult for all visitors and their outstanding volleyball tradition is nearly unmatched in Wyoming. But with seven freshmen/sophomores on the roster, the inexperienced Lady Hornets were not ready for the senior-laden NCHS team in the fourth set. Lusk won by a 25-13 score behind 14 service points in a row from Lexi Blackburn. Their first round game will be at 10 a.m. against the top-ranked and homestanding Lady Panthers.

For the complete article see the 10-23-2013 issue.

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