Chadron Sweeps Sioux County

Chadron’s Anika Burke and Sioux County’s Skylar Edmund battle for control of the ball at the net Saturday. Photo by Kerri Rempp

Chadron swept the Sioux County Warriors Saturday in sets of 25-18, 25, 22, 25-10 in a contest that was scheduled after both schools pulled out of the Alliance Tournament due to COVID-19 concerns.

Chadron opened the first set with a 2-0 lead over D2 Sioux County, the Warriors tied the contest at set points 2 and 3 with kills by Tamika Eastman and Kodie Rempp and took a 5-3 lead on a kill by Karlee Juhnke. The Cardinals tied the set at 5 and took the lead again with a kill by Tatum Bailey, only to see Sioux County knot the score up with a kill by Beth Krein. Chadron capitalized on Sioux County errors, however, and opened up a two-point lead, adding to that with an ace serve by Emma Cogdill. Chadron never let go of that lead and clinched the set with kills by Macey Daniels, Bailey and Cogdill, as well as an ace serve by Jalei Marcy. Juhnke added a kill and an ace, and Kailey Klein also contributed a kill for the Warriors.

The Cardinals looked to own the second set with an early 5-1 lead behind back-to-back blocks by Anika Burke, who also had a kill. Four kills by Bailey helped Chadron jump out to a 10-point lead, 19-9. But Sioux County’s Rempp blocked Burke, and Eastman added a kill for the Warriors immediately after to turn the momentum. Sioux County forced several errors by the Cardinals and dug themselves out of the deficit to close within three points. An ace serve by Juhnke cut Chadron’s lead to two. A kill by Cardinal Kaycee Kittell and a tip by Warrior Eastman kept that margin, and Eastman’s kill on the next play made it 23-22 Cardinals. Back-to-back kills by the Cardinals finished the set.

The third set saw Chadron dominating the Warriors, taking a 3-0 lead with Jaleigh McCartney serving. The teams traded kills early in the set, with Daniels and Burke adding points to the board for Chadron, and Eastman and Juhnke doing so for Sioux County to make it 4-3 Chadron. The teams tied at 4 before Chadron took a one-point advantage on a Burke block and added another block point by Cogdill. The Warriors Rempp put her team back within one on a kill, and the two teams traded kills on the next four plays for a 9-6 Chadron advantage. Sioux County stalled at set point six for eight plays, and Chadron pressed the advantage to take the victory.

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