Warriors 2-2 Over Weekend

Skylar Edmund makes a pass in the Sioux County Warriors’ contest against Minatare at the Hemingford Invite Saturday. The Warriors finished in fourth place at the tournament and are now 8-4 on the season

The Sioux County Lady Warriors went 2-2 over the weekend, adding a regular season win and a fourth-place finish at the Hemingford Invite to their record.

The Warriors were 1-2 at the Hemingford tournament Saturday, earning a win over Morrill but dropping games to Hay Springs and Minatare.

Sioux County downed the Morrill Lions in two sets of 25-18, 25-13. The Warriors led the Lions through both sets, with the exception of brief one-point advantages by Morrill early in each set.

Tamika Eastman had six kills in the contest and three ace serves. Kailey Klein contributed five kills, a block and ace, and Sierra Eastman added three kills. Beth Krein had a kill and a block, and Skylar Edmund also had one kill. Britney Klein and Ashley Hunter each landed one ace serve.

The Hay Springs Hawks handed the Warriors a loss in their second contest of the day, earning a 25-14, 25-19 victory.

The Hawks opened up a 4-1 advantage early in the first set, but an ace serve and kill by Edmund, and kills by T. Eastman and Krein allowed the Warriors to tie the contest at six.

The teams traded points, with the Warriors eventually taking a 11-10 lead. Four kills by the Hawks, combined with a block and two ace serves turned the advantage back to Hay Springs for a 19-12 lead, and the Warriors were never able to gain traction in the set again.

The second set with the Hawks was a closer contest, with the Warriors taking an early 3-1 lead behind an ace serve by K. Klein and an Edmund kill. The teams were tied five times through set point seven before the Warriors took an 8-7 lead, eventually widening that to 16-11.

The Hawks used two kills and receiving and blocking errors by the Warriors to pull within two and went on to tie the set at 18. The Hawks rolled to the 25-19 win and advanced to the championship game, while the Warriors dropped to the consolation bracket.

Sioux County landed 10 kills in the contest, led by K. Klein with three, who also added an ace serve. Edmund had two kills and an ace, and T. Eastman and B. Klein each contributed two kills. Krein added a kill and an ace.

The Minatare Indians edged out the Warriors in the contest for third place, 25-21, 26-24. Sioux County led early but never by more than three points, and Minatare was able to tie the opening set at 12 and went ahead 15-13 only to see the Warriors claw their way back to tie it at 16.

The Indians would not go away and a string of attacking errors by Sioux County handed the set to Minatare. With momentum on their side, the Indians rushed to a 6-1 advantage in the second set, but the Warriors regrouped and tied the set at nine on kills by Krein, T. Eastman and K. Klein.

Ahead 24-18, Sioux County looked poised to force a third set, but a missed serve, three attacking errors, two receiving errors and two kills by Minatare gave the Indians the set and game.

K. Klein, Edmund and S. Eastman combined for 20 kills in the contest, and Krein, T. Eastman, and B. Klein added another 10. Krein also had two ace serves, and Hunter had one.

Ahead of Saturday’s tournament, Sioux County also traveled to Guernsey-Sunrise in Wyoming and earned a three-set sweep. The Warriors handled G-S with ease, picking up the win in sets of 25-6, 25-13, 25-7. No stats were available for this game. The Warriors are now 8-4 on the year.

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