The Schuyler Central High School volleyball team went 1-2 this past week.
On Oct. 17, the Lady Warriors hosted a triangular against Madison and Humphrey St. Francis. SCHS squeezed past Madison 24-26, 25-13, 25-22 in the opening match before falling 25-9, 25-15 to Class D-2, No. 5 St. Francis.
The Flyers completed the sweep by taking down Madison 25-10, 25-13.
Schuyler’s first set against Madison was close throughout. The Lady Warriors owned their biggest lead of the set at 10-8 on a kill by Reagan Folda.
The Dragons then took a 20-14 advantage before Schuyler rallied to make it close down the stretch.
An ace serve by Schuyler’s Kameryn Healy knotted the score at 23-all before the teams exchanged a point each. A kill and perfectly placed tip by Madison’s Brittney Jurgens scored the final two points as the Dragons took the first set.
Schuyler never trailed in the second set, but had a difficult time pulling away early. The Lady Warriors clung to an 11-9 lead before taking control. A block by Kinzie Petersen and kill by Lauren Kasik helped Schuyler expand its lead to 17-11.
Leading 20-13, Folda stepped to the service line and led the Lady Warriors to five straight points to put the finishing touches on the 25-13 set victory.
Schuyler jumped out to a 6-1 advantage in Set 3 before Madison answered with three consecutive points, including a block and kill by Brooke Mewis.
SCHS regained control on a block by Haylee Korth and Folda kill to push its lead to six at 11-5.
The back-and-forth affair continued as Madison’s Samantha Henery blocked a Schuyler attack to knot the set at 12-all.
Schuyler went on a 5-1 run, followed by a 4-0 spurt by Madison, before kills from Petersen and Folda put the Lady Warriors on top 20-18.
The Lady Warriors led 24-22 when Madison’s Berania Tello ended the match with a serve into the net.
“The girls have really been working on playing together as a team. I think they have done a great job of stepping up and playing as one team and not six individual girls on the court,” Schuyler head coach Jenna Saalfeld said. “It has helped them to have a better serve-receive, which allows us to have good sets and good hits. I am proud of how hard they worked to get this win.”
The Lady Warriors had a tough time getting started against St. Francis, which took a 6-1 lead in the opening set. Rachel Shonka’s kill cut the deficit to 9-5, but the Flyers went on to outscore Schuyler 16-4 to close out the set.
The second set was more indicative of how the Lady Warriors are capable of playing. Schuyler fell behind 4-1 early but fought back to take the lead at 8-6 on an ace by Korth. A series of service and net mistakes by the Lady Warriors allowed St. Francis to regain the lead at 13-10.
Then St. Francis’ Logan Wemhoff took control at the net with five kills and one block down the stretch to propel the Flyers to the 25-15 set win and match victory.
Despite the two-set defeat, Saalfeld felt her girls played well.
“I don’t think the scores reflected how hard the girls played. They were doing a lot of great things,” she said. “We were getting a lot of blocks and touches on blocks, which made it easier for our defense to pick up balls. While I do think we played well, we need to continue to work on keeping our energy and being aggressive through the whole set. It was when we were down or playing timid that they would go on their big runs of points.”
The Lady Warriors ended the week Oct. 19 with a 3-0 home loss to York, which took the match 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 on parents’ night for Schuyler.
SCHS was never in the first set as York grabbed the early momentum and never looked back.
In the second set, Schuyler played much better at the net and grabbed a 13-11 lead following a kill by Folda and block by Petersen. Once again, the Lady Warriors ran out of gas as York took a 24-17 lead. Schuyler regrouped and rolled off three points to make it 24-20, but the Dukes closed out the set on a block by Reegon Cast.
The third set was similar to the second.
A kill by Folda and point from Petersen helped the Lady Warriors knot the score at 14-all before Schuyler went flat and fell behind 24-17. The Lady Warriors again put together a three-point run to pull within 24-20 before an error ended the match.
Schuyler (8-16), which played Tuesday in the regular-season finale at Lakeview, begins subdistrict action Oct. 31.