The Lady Warriors won four straight matches last week to raise their season record to 6-5.
They began the run Sept. 14 with a three-set home victory over conference foe Crete then went 3-0 Saturday at the Logan View Invite.
Schuyler rolled to a 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 victory over Crete.
The first set was close throughout as Schuyler held the biggest leads of four points at 12-8 and 16-12. An ace by Crete’s Claire Meinke knotted the score at 21-all, but Schuyler bounced right back behind two kills from junior Rachel Shonka to reach match point at 24-22. After a long serve by Haylee Korth, the Lady Warriors wrapped up the 25-23 win on a Crete hit that went wide.
In the second set, the Lady Warriors battled to an 8-7 lead then went on a 9-2 run to take a commanding 17-9 advantage Crete couldn’t overcome.
Schuyler polished off the sweep with a thrilling victory in Set 3.
Two aces by Katelyn Jindra of Crete forced SCHS to call a timeout trailing 10-8. A 7-2 run by Schuyler fueled by the serving of Shonka gave Schuyler a 15-12 lead midway through the set.
The Lady Warriors’ largest lead of the set came at 21-15 before Crete cut the deficit to 23-22.
After exchanging points, the Lady Warriors finished the match as Shonka found an open spot in the Crete defense for the final point.
“This was definitely one of our most consistent matches of the season. The whole team played well,” Schuyler head coach Jenna Saalfeld said. “We have been working on hitting and on serve receiving and I could really tell that we are taking those things from practice and putting them into the game. We had great passes from our back row and then our sets were quick and we got great hits. This was a good way to start our conference play.”
The Lady Warriors recorded 29 kills in the victory, led by nine from Kinzie Petersen. Shonka added eight kills and Korth had five.
Korth, Reagan Folda and Maria Semerad tallied two aces each, and Kameryn Healy and Shonka both had one.
Shonka continued her impressive play defensively, accounting for all three of the team’s blocks. Healy and Semerad led the way with four digs each.
Schuyler only lost one set at the Logan View Invite.
The Lady Warriors had victories over Homer (21-25, 25-13, 25-22), Yutan (25-19, 25-13) and Logan View (25-12, 25-20).
“I think that the girls played very well this weekend. It is so great to see their confidence and play go up with every match that we played,” Saalfeld said. “I can really tell that they are taking the things that we are working on in practice and doing them in the games.”
Even though she stresses the importance of team play, Saalfeld mentioned several athletes who impressed at Logan View.
“Rachel Shonka did a great job of blocking at the net. We had many hitters, including Lauren Kasik and Reagan Folda, who had personal game highs in kills,” she said. “Our defense didn’t let a lot of balls hit the ground, which allowed Kameryn Healy to go get great sets to our hitters.”
The Lady Warriors travel to David City on Thursday to face the Scouts.