Wildcats drop Bison in Region 8A play
Published: Thursday, November 7th, 2013
It was déjà vu for the Custer volleyball team as they took on the Hot Springs Bison for the second time in a week.
The Wildcats hosted the Bison in the first round of the Region 8A tournament, where both teams had one win from previous games, Custer from its Oct. 15 matchup and Hot Springs from the game last week.
“Our game plan is the same as the last time we played them,” coach Renae Schneider said before the game. “We need to make their back row move and prove that they can pass proficiently. When we make them scramble, they struggle to get good passes to their setter, which results in fewer sets to their hitters.”
In the first match of the game, Custer came out strong, despite a few nerves.
“I was worried about how they would come out after Thursday’s matchup,” Schneider said. “I think their nerves eased after the first set.”
Schneider said going into the second set, the girls put too much pressure on themselves to play aggressively instead of focusing on each point.
In the fourth set, the Wildcats were up 8-4 before the Bison caught up to them, eventually taking the lead. After some key plays from Destinee Fish, Peyton Uhlir, Hallie Uhrich and Novenna Fierro, the ’Cats were able to rally and outscore the Bison, winning the game 25-15, 13-25, 25-13 and 25-21.
“They did a great job of never getting down on themselves,” Schneider said. “You could tell that when we executed our game plan and made that back row move, they were frustrated.”
Schneider also said the support from the bench helped the girls rally.
“We need to have the belief that we can compete,” Schneider said. “Iâï¿½ï¿½truly believe these girls can play against anyone, as long as they play together.”
On Halloween night, the Wildcats hosted the Bison in the last regular game of the season. The Bison defeated the ’Cats in five sets, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 17-25 and 15-11.
“It was a tough game,” Schneider said. “When we executed our game plan, we were successful.”
Sierra Davies was 15 of 16 serving with two aces, 18 of 21 hitting with eight kills and had six solo blocks and three block assists. Catlyn Cordell was 12 of 14 serving with eight aces, eight of 15 hitting with four kills and had two block assists. Josey Johnson was 21 of 23 serving with two aces, 16 of 19 receiving and eight of 10 hitting.
Fierro was eight of 10 serving with two aces and Olivia Dahlstrom was 22 of 24 receiving. Jalee Johnson was 12 of 13 serving, 68 of 70 setting with 20 assists and had one block assist. Jade Spring was 15 of 17 hitting with five kills and 22 of 25 receiving while Nykyla Malinosky was 13 of 14 serving, 11 of 13 hitting with five kills and five solo blocks.
The Wildcats will face Belle Fourche Thursday in the Region 8A semi-final round. The game, which will begin at 6 p.m., will be held at Belle Fourche.
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