The Sioux County Warriors added two more sweeps to their record and are now 10-2 on the year, having won seven consecutive volleyball matches.
The Warriors defeated Cody-Kilgore 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 Friday on the road and downed Lusk for the second time this year in sets of 25-23, 25-18, 25-9 at home Saturday.
Sioux County opened the first set in Cody-Kilgore with a 7-1 lead with kills by Skylar Edmund and Kailey Klein early. Tamika Eastman added to the lead with a block and two ace serves. The Warriors held the Cowgirls at set point 7 for eight plays to go up 15-7 and never looked back. Cody-Kilgore was able to tie the second set at 2, but a kill by Eastman gave Sioux County the go-ahead point, which they padded with an ace serve by Eastman and a kill by Karlee Juhnke. Kills by Skylar Edmund, Juhnke and Kodie Rempp, as well as an ace serve by Emily Parker and a block by Beth Krein kept the Warriors rolling to the victory.
The Cowgirls looked to reverse their fortunes in the third set, taking a 4-2 lead and widening the gap to 11-6 in spite of kills by Krein and Juhnke. The Warriors pulled within one at 14-15 on a Juhnke kill only to see the Cowgirls pull away again for a 20-15 advantage. Sioux County settled in, however, and put up five kills by four hitters and two ace serves to make it 21-23. A kill by Klein tied the game at 23, and a Juhnke kill put it away for the Warriors.
The opening set against Lusk Saturday saw eight lead changes and a late tie at 23. The Warriors went ahead on a kill by Klein and clinched the set. The Tigers walked out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and remained in the lead until set point 13, when the Warriors tied the match. Juhnke added two more kills, which were followed by kills by Krein, Edmund and Eastman to give Sioux County the set win.
Sioux County dominated the final set, opening action with two kills by Rempp, followed quickly by a kill and block by Juhnke for a 4-1 lead. Eastman added an ace serve, Juhnke pounded out three more kills and a block and took the Warriors to a 11-3 lead. The Warriors never let up at the net, with Eastman adding kills, and Klein blocking a Tiger hitter.