The Sioux County Warriors saw their volleyball season come to an end Saturday afternoon with a three-set loss to Maywood-Hayes Center in the District D-3 Finals. Sioux County finishes the year 17-7, having claimed its third consecutive Panhandle Conference Championship and the District Runners-up title.
The Warriors entered the District Finals as the number 14 seed playing undefeated number three Maywood-Hayes Center in Sioux County’s second appearance in the district volleyball finals in school history. The only other time the Warriors have advanced to District Finals in the sport was in 1993.
Maywood-Hayes Center, a team that has lost just two sets all season, swept Sioux County 25-19, 25-11, 25-15. Sioux County, however, led the Wolves at points during all three sets. The Warriors opened with a Kailey Klein kill, followed quickly with kills by Tamika Eastman and Skylar Edmund for a 3-2 lead in the first. The Wolves tied the contest at three and opened up an 8-4 advantage, which Sioux County cut in half with kills by Karlee Juhnke and a block by Beth Krein. Another kill by Eastman put the Warriors behind by one, and they took a 12-11 lead a short time later. The scoreboard was knotted up at 12, 13 and 14 before MHC took the lead again for good, holding the Warriors at 16 for seven plays.
The Warriors led 2-1 to open the second set as well with kills by Eastman and Juhnke, and though the Wolves bounced back for a two point edge, an ace serve by Edmund put the Warriors within one again. The Wolves offense kept the Warriors at set point five for eight plays, however, to go up 13-5, and Sioux County struggled to turn the momentum in their favor despite kills by Klein, Krein and Eastman.
The third set began with another close battle, as Klein struck first for the Warriors, who went ahead 2-1. A kill by Eastman tied the contest at 3 after the Wolves had claimed the lead, and Sioux County’s Juhnke had the go-ahead kill to make it 5-4 Warriors. Juhnke scored the next two points for Sioux County on tips to make it 7-4, and a kill by Klein kept the margin at 9-6. Past that point, however, the Warriors managed just two kills by Krein and Eastman, allowing the Wolves to reclaim the lead and take the victory for the berth to state next week.