COLUMBUS — The Schuyler Central High School volleyball team traveled to Columbus on Oct. 24 to take on the Lakeview Vikings.
In a battle of two teams trying to regain some much-needed momentum heading into district action, Lakeview swept the three-set match by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-23.
Lakeview had lost five of its previous six matches while Schuyler is in a 2-11 tailspin. Even though both teams played some of their best volleyball of the season, the Lady Warriors couldn’t pull off the upset.
“The girls played tough tonight. We came out strong in the first set,” Schuyler head coach Jenna Saalfeld said. “We knew it was our last regular-season game of the year and we wanted to play our best.”
Lakeview took the first and second sets easily while building an early lead.
“We got caught in a little bit of a rut in the second set,” Saalfeld said, “but we came out in the third set ready to play.”
The two teams battled on even terms throughout much of the third set before the Vikings secured the 25-23 victory and 3-0 match win.
“We fought hard in that third set. We did a great job of playing together as a team and communicating,” Saalfeld said. “We have worked so hard all season and even though we lost this match they were not upset with how hard they played.”
Offensively, the Lady Warriors were led by Haylee Korth’s six kills and Lauren Kasik with five. Reagan Folda and Kameryn Healy had three each and Rachel Shonka and Kinzie Petersen accounted for two each. Maria Semerad also had one kill for SCHS.
Schuyler recorded four aces in the match, two from Semerad and one each from Korth and Healy.
Petersen had another solid game at the net with three of Schuyler’s four blocks. Korth had the other.
Semerad paced the team with 17 digs followed by Healy with nine, Shonka with eight and Folda with six.
Healy dished out all 22 assists for Schuyler, which played Tuesday in the B-5 subdistrict tournament at Bennington High School.
The third-seeded Lady Warriors opened with second-seeded South Sioux City while top-seeded Bennington faced Blair. The subdistrict final was also played Tuesday night.
“The girls are ready for districts,” Saalfeld said. “We will play South Sioux City, which will be a tough game, but we know that we can win. The girls know that if they play like they did against Lakeview that we will be tough to beat.”