The Schuyler volleyball team was swept Sept. 7 during a home triangular with West Point-Beemer and Twin River.
West Point-Beemer stormed to a 25-16, 25-14 victory over the host team in the first match before Twin River handled Schuyler 25-12, 25-23.
Twin River downed West Point-Beemer 25-22, 25-22 in the other match.
The Lady Warriors found it difficult to get into any kind of a rhythm against West Point-Beemer, which took a 19-5 lead in the first set.
“Once they got that first set out of the way, I thought that they played a lot better,” Schuyler head coach Jenna Saalfeld said.
Schuyler rebounded in the second set and trailed 14-12 before hitting a stretch of mental lapses that plagued the team during the triangular. An eight-point run by the Cadets sealed the victory.
The Lady Warriors had 12 kills in the match, led by Haylee Korth’s four. Rachel Shonka added three kills and Kameryn Healy had two.
Kinzie Petersen led the team with three blocks and Shonka had one. Maria Semerad recorded seven digs and Shonka had six. Healy tallied five digs and a team-best 12 assists.
Twin River jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the first set, but Schuyler hung around to keep the score close at 13-9. A six-point run behind the sharp serving of Madison Ternus put Schuyler in a 19-9 hole from which they could not escape.
The Lady Warriors played their best volleyball of the evening in the second set.
Two aces by Korth and strong net play from Kasik and Shonka gave Schuyler an 11-6 lead, prompting a Twin River timeout. The break paid off for the visitors as they went on an eight-point run behind the serving of Michaela Morris to regain the lead at 14-11.
The action was back-and-forth for the next several service exchanges. When Kasik smacked a kill inside the sideline, the Lady Warriors clung to a 20-19 lead.
Schuyler had chances to put the match away, but the Titans took advantage of three Schuyler double hits to notch the two-point victory.
“Against Twin River, we came out fired up and ready to play and it showed on the court. We are continuing to improve and do a lot of really great things,” Saalfeld said.
Shonka led the Schuyler attack with four kills and Kasik and Reagan Folda recorded two each.
Korth had two aces and Shonka added one along with the team’s only block.
Semerad once again paced the Lady Warriors with eight digs while Healy added four. Healy also recorded 12 assists.
Despite the two losses, Saalfeld pointed to several positive aspects of her team’s play.
“All of the girls did a great job of contributing at different points in the game. Kameryn Healy did a great job setting. At times, she was getting passed all over the court and she really worked hard to get her hitters a good set,” Saalfeld said. “Rachel Shonka, Haylee Korth and Kinzie Petersen all had big plays at the net for us in both games. Ann Rocheford and Maria Semerad did a great job digging in the back row."
Schuyler (2-5) plays Saturday at the Logan View Invite. The round-robin tournament also includes Homer, Yutan and Logan View.