GUERNSEY – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but in all the times, the action was fervent on the volleyball court in Guernsey.
Glendo traveled to Guernsey to play the Lady Vikings Oct. 13 and from the opening anthem, the boisterous homecoming spirit seemed to grip the Guernsey spikesters and it was as if their walking 10 feet off the ground.
Guernsey finished the three-set match in record time and made quick work of the Eagles. As they sailed through the first two games, 25-13 and 25-4, there may have been a hint of overconfidence as Glendo wasn’t going to go down without a fight.
In the second set, senior Chloe Heer rattled off 16 serves in a row before Glendo even saw the ball again on their endline. The deficit was more than the Eagles could overcome and Heer was on top of her game with plenty of help from the rest of the team who played lights out to keep the ball in Her hands.
The third set was by far the most competitive as Glendo had built an early lead and hung on through the middle stages of the bout. At the end, however, the thundering kills coming over the net toward the Eagles became too hot to handle, and they lost steam as Guernsey came on with a late rally to seal the deal 25-19.
“Guernsey always psyches us out,” Glendo varsity coach Jennifer Eller said. “It’s been a long time since we beat a Guernsey team. It’s just a mental thing I believe. We had those moments where we did really well and then they just get down on themselves and miss some serves at a crucial time. We are also not a comeback team. We have to be up, and that didn’t happen against Guernsey.”
For a team, Guernsey recorded 20 kills, and five were recorded each for Alexis Elmore, Afton Kelley, Bella Milton and Heer. The team had 13 aces and Elmore and Heer each had 4. The team hit 88% of their serves. The team had six digs with Macoyia Stoneking and Heer each nabbing 2 each. Stoneking led the team in assists with 11 and Elmore led the team with 16 returns.
It would have been a perfect homecoming week had it not been for Lingle-Ft. Laramie who came to muck things up Oct. 15. The girls, though they played hard dropped all three sets to the Doggers, 25-18, 25-12 and 27-25.
The team served well, hitting over 91% and they recorded 36 digs. It was not recorded how many bruised elbows and forearms, but suffice to say, the dive was their strong suit in the battle.
Even in the loss, the team managed to send 15 kills over the net with Heer once again leading in the category with 8. The team had 3 aces led by Paige Andrews with 2. Milton led the team with 2 of the 3 teams blocked shots. Lingle, a team that recorded 29 kills in spite of the Lady Vikings coming up with 36 digs led by Heer with 11. Paige Andrews led with six assists and Heer had 27 returns for a double-double on the night.