Rams drop to 0-2
The Sioux County Warriors opened the 2021 volleyball season with back-to-back wins at the Hemingford Triangular Saturday.
Sioux County faced the Crawford Rams in their first match of the season, opening up a 7-0 lead behind two kills by Tamika Eastman, an ace serve by Kailey Klein and four errors by the Rams. After errors on both sides of the court, Britney Klein served up an ace and followed that with a tip the Rams couldn’t pick up to make it 12-3 and cruised to a 25-17 win in the first set.
The teams traded the early lead in the second set but a kill and a block by Eastman, an ace serve by Skylar Edmund and a kill by Beth Krein put the Warriors ahead 6-3. The Rams clawed their way back into the game to tie it at nine with an ace serve by Skylar Summers. Sioux County’s Klein sisters landed a tip and ace to give their team an 11-9 edge, but a Warrior error and ace serve by the Rams’ Carly Lemmon knotted the score again at 11.
The contest remained tight through the middle of the set, with the Rams taking leads of 12-11, 14-13, 15-14 and 16-14. The Warriors led at 13-12, 17-16 and 18-17, and the score was tied at 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, and 18. Consecutive kills by Kailey Klein finally pushed the Warriors ahead 20-18, and three errors by the Rams and another Klein kill put the game away 25-20 in Sioux County’s favor.
Sioux County clinched the triangular title with a three-set 18-25, 25-23, 25-21 victory over the Hemingford Bobcats. The Warriors led early in the opening set, going up 6-3 on kills by Kailey Klein and Skylar Edmund, who also added an ace serve, and a kill by Eastman. Two missed serves and several receiving errors by the Warriors put the Bobcats in the driver’s seat and they leaped ahead 10-8. Hemingford held onto the advantage and took the first set 25-18.
The Warriors looked to even the score in the second set, leading easily through the first 15 points against a string of errors by the Bobcats. Eastman also hammered out two kills and an ace serve, while Ashley Hunter added a kill and Beth Krein scored on a tip. The Bobcats held the Warriors at set point 15 for five volleys to tie the game. Sioux County edged ahead again, only to see Hemingford tie the score at 18, 19 and 20. The Bobcats took a 22-20 lead before Edmund and Eastman scored kills to tie the Bobcats. Sioux County inched ahead 23-22 on another kill by Eastman before Hemingford tied the score again. A final kill by Eastman and an error by the Bobcats gave the Warriors the 25-23 win.
The Bobcats opened the final set with the momentum on their side, as they raced out to an 11-3 margin. The Warriors gained some ground by holding their opponents at set points 11 and 12 for four volleys each to close within three points. Kills by Eastman and Kailey Klein, who also added an ace serve, along with a string of Bobcat errors put the Warriors within striking distance, and they knotted up the score at 17 and 18 before taking the lead. Five Hemingford errors and two ace serves by Eastman clinched the Warriors’ victory.
The Crawford Rams also lost to the Hemingford Bobcats in the first match of the triangular, 12-25, 21-25.
The Bobcats opened with a 4-1 lead, which they quickly extended to a 12-2 advantage. A Bobcat error and an ace serve by Carly Lemmon were the only two points the Rams’ could muster to start the year. Natalie Barry and Dalli Anders put down a kill each to make it 14-4 and Lemmon added a kill to make it 19-7, but the Bobcats controlled the set for the victory.
Hemingford led early again in the second set, before the Rams took advantage of an ace serve by Hannah Wasserburger and some Bobcat errors to press ahead 9-8. Four more errors by Hemingford gave Crawford a 13-8 advantage, but the Bobcats wouldn’t shake loose and tied the contest at 20. Another kill by Barry put the Rams back on top momentarily, but two errors and three consecutive ace serves by Hemingford’s Brookelynn Warner clinched the win for the Bobcats.