BENNINGTON — The Schuyler Central High School volleyball team ended its season Oct. 31 with a three-set loss to South Sioux City in the opening round of the B-4 subdistrict tournament in Bennington.
South Sioux, which also beat Schuyler in late September, swept the match 25-18, 25-9, 25-20 to end the Lady Warriors' season with an 8-18 record.
Schuyler head coach Jenna Saalfeld said her team didn’t see anything new from the Cardinals in the second meeting.
“We saw the same team do the same things they did in September. We watched film and practiced their defense and where the open spots were to go," she said. "We just didn’t execute those plans when it came to game time.”
Saalfeld thought her team matched up well with the Cardinals, despite dropping the first two sets by large deficits, and never gave up.
"Maria Semerad did a fantastic job digging in the back row. She was able to get to some pretty tough hits," Saalfeld said. "Lauren Kasik was a very aggressive hitter for us. Overall, none of them gave up and they all did a good job."
Saalfeld saw many positives from the Lady Warriors this season.
“I am proud of how the girls did throughout the season. We got first place at the Logan View Invite, had a better record than in past years, and had great team spirit throughout the whole season," she said.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to have for my first year as head coach. They made my job pretty easy," Saalfeld added.
Four seniors — Veronica Ardon, Kameryn Healy, Haylee Korth and Kasik — played in their final match for the Lady Warriors.
Despite losing four quality players, Saalfeld is already expressing optimism for the 2018 season.
“We have quite a few girls returning next year and a lot of underclassmen that showed real potential," she said. "The group of girls coming up has really great work ethic and I’m excited to see what they can do."