Crawford, Cody-Kilgore Advance In D2-12 Sub-Districts

Crawford’s Morgan Jones and Hay Springs’ Gabrielle Twarling each try to win the battle at the net. Photo by Kerri Rempp

The number one and two seeds in the D2-12 volleyball sub-district fell to their challengers in the opening round of the tournament Monday.

Cody-Kilgore defeated number one Sioux County in four sets, while Crawford swept number two Hay Springs in three. C-K and Crawford will play Tuesday night in Harrison at 6 p.m. for the chance to move on to the district finals Saturday.

In the opening match, the Cody-Kilgore Cowgirls nabbed the victory 25-18, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19. Sioux County struck first with a kill by Skylar Edmund and went up 2-0 on the next play only to allow C-K to come back for a 3-2 lead. Kodie Rempp knotted the set at 3 with a kill, but the Cowgirls answered quickly and took the lead for the rest of the match. The teams tied nine times in the second set and exchanged the lead six times. The Warriors took the lead once and for all at 11-10 with a Rempp kill, and widened the margin with two more kills by Rempp, another by Beth Krein and consecutive kills by Kailey Klein. Tamika Eastman and Karlee Juhnke helped close out the set with two kills each for the Warriors, and Edmund added an ace serve.

The Warriors kept the momentum in the third set, taking a 12-6 lead. C-K was able to hold the Warriors at 12 for six plays to pull within one and then kept them locked at 14 for 10 plays to turn the tide for a 21-14 advantage. Sioux County again led early in the fourth in an effort to force a fifth set, going up 7-3 but allowed the Cowgirls to gain ground again to tie the contest three times before C-K pressed the advantage on the way to victory.

Sioux County’s Karlee Juhnke goes up for a kill against Cody-Kilgore. Photo by Kerri Rempp

Juhnke had 11 kills for Sioux County on the night, while Rempp added eight and Eastman and Klein each had seven. Edmund and Krein added another four each, and Emily Parker had one. Edmund served up three aces for the Warriors, and Juhnke had two. Rempp, Krein and Klein all had one each.

The Sioux County Warriors finished 17-6 on the year (16-6 officially by NSAA rules) and are waiting to see if they will earn a wild card spot for district finals.

In game two Monday, the Crawford Rams leapt over the Hay Springs Hawks 25-18, 25-15, 25-18. Hay Springs opened the match with an 8-2 run, but the Rams erased the deficit and took the lead behind kills by Hadlee Rudloff and Carly Lemmon. They finished off the set with an ace serve by Skylar Summers and a kill by Natalie Barry, who also scored the final two points on ace serves. The second set was tied 11 times by set point 13, with the teams trading the lead six times in that same stretch. The Rams took the lead once and for all with a kill and a block by Barry and an ace serve by Summers. Two ace serves by Lemmon helped put the set away.

The final set was controlled by the Rams, who went on a 6-3 run early in action that included kills by Barry and Cambrea Vogel and two ace serves by Kylah Vogel. The Hawks responded with an ace by Molly Spicer and a kill to make it 6-5 Rams and were able to tie the game at 9. Kills by Morgan Jones and Barry, and an ace by Summers put the Rams back on top, where they stayed for the remainder of the contest.

The Rams are now 11-13 on the year.