Wildcats fall to Belle Fourche
Published: Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Custer traveled to Belle Fourche on Tuesday for the Region 8A final game where they were defeated by the Broncs in 3 sets: 14-25, 17-25 and 14-25 .
“Belle played and amazing game,” said assistant coach Amy Bailey. “They moved really well and talked. We lacked communication and completely shut down.”
The Wildcats finish the season with a 25-10 record and a District 15A win.
“We had a really great season,” Bailey said. “The girls did well.”
The Wildcats claimed the District 15A title after Thursday’s game against Hot Springs in five sets: 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-25 and 16-14.
Going into the District 15A title game on Thursday night, the Wildcats had a challenge to fulfill. In the previous two games against Hot Springs, Lisa Lovoll had half of the team’s kills. Coach Renae Schneider challenged other hitters to step up to the challenge and take advantage of every ball they touched.
“We need that same productivity of our other hitters,” she said. “We needed to have good communication and movement to give our setter a good pass because she is one of the best setters in the state and she knows what hitters should have the ball and where they need it. We also needed to have good coverage on our hitters because Hot Springs is a good blocking team.”
In the first set the Bison quickly racked up points before the Wildcats caught up to them.
“What really upset me is the amount of serves we missed,” Schneider said. “The score was 22-25 and we missed five serves. We gave them way too many free points throughout the entire match, not just the first set.”
In the second and third sets the ’Cats came out with more intensity, which quickly faded to timid playing in the fourth set.
“We wanted to limit the amount of points Hot Springs got on their runs but we struggled with that as well,” Schneider said. “We let them go on way too many runs of five or six points at a time. That is the mental part of the game we need to focus on.”
Schneider spoke with setter Tia Goebel between the fourth and fifth set about the game and what needed to be done to win the title.
“I thought in game four we lost sight of where our hitters were on the floor and at the end we needed to put the ball down,” she said. “Our passers did a great job of getting a good pass to Tia to set and she did a great job of getting the set where our hitters needed the ball to put it down.”
Goebel was 18 of 18 serving with two aces, three of seven hitting with one kill, 104 and 108 setting with 39 assists and had five digs. Lovoll lead the night with 19 kills, 11 of 14 serving with two aces, 36 of 41 hitting, 36 of 36 receiving with 19 digs and one of one setting with one assist. Sierra Davies was 23 of 31 hitting with 11 kills and had one dig, one solo block and three block assists.
Moe Mack was six of eight serving, 11 of 16 hitting with five kills, 11 of 11 receiving with 11 digs and had one solo block. Olivia Dahlstrom was 14 of 17 serving with three aces, five of seven hitting with three kills, nine of nine receiving with 12 digs and had one solo block. Catlyn Cordell was six of eight serving with two aces, six of nine hitting with two kills, two of two setting with two assists and had nine digs.
Jade Spring was two of three hitting with one kill and six of six receiving with five digs. Kayla Halbmaier was seven of 13 serving with two aces and 14 of 14 receiving with 13 digs. Ally Spring was 13 of 13 serving with two aces, 10 of 11 hitting with four kills and had five digs and two block assists.
Nykyla Malinosky was one of one serving and one of one hitting with one kill while Josey Johnson was two of three serving and Lacey Harkin was one of one hitting.
In the first round of the district tournament game, Custer took on Hill City and swept them in three sets: 25-21, 25-15 and 25-5.
“Our serving was good with 92 percent,” Schneider said. “I don’t think we came out with the intensity we needed in the first game but at the start of the second game I challenged them to play Wildcat ball instead playing to another team’s level.”
Lovoll, Johnson and Goebel helped edge Custer over Hill City with key serves during the three rounds of the game. Lovoll was 20 of 20 serving with 12 aces, Goebel was 11 of 11 with four aces and Johnson was seven of seven with two aces.
“Lisa led the way but she had support from other players,” Schneider said. “Josey did an excellent job coming into the game. You could tell she was nervous in the first set but she settled down.”
Lovoll was also 15 of 17 hitting with 10 kills, nine of 10 receiving and had 17 digs and one solo block. Goebel was two of two hitting with two kills, 45 of 47 setting with 21 assists and had three digs. Johnson was four of four receiving with three digs.
Mack was eight of nine serving with one ace, six of six hitting with five kills, seven of seven receiving with nine digs and had one assist and one block assist. Cordell was seven of nine serving with one ace, five of eight hitting with five kills and two of two receiving. Cordell also had four digs and one block assist. Dahlstrom was three of five serving, one of two hitting, three of four receiving and had two digs.
Jade Spring was two of two serving, two of four receiving and had two digs. Davies was 13 of 17 hitting with eight kills, one of one receiving, two of two setting and had three solo blocks, one assist and two digs. Ally Spring was two of two serving, six of seven hitting with three kills and three digs. Mesa Goebel had one dig.
“We had too many free balls over and not enough communication,” Schneider said. “I thought we did an overall good job of leveling off the production at the net.”
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