East Butler Volletball 9.3 (copy)

Katie Haney spikes the ball over the net against McCool Junction on Sept. 3. Haney and the Tigers split a pair of matches last week with a win over Osceola and a loss to D-2 No. 2 BDs.

Area volleyball teams completed a busy slate last week that included four matches each for Shelby-Rising City and David City and two for East Butler.

SR-C went 1-3 and sits at 9-14 on the season. The Huskies were back in action Tuesday in a triangular at Osceola.

David City went 1-2, starting the week with a victory before dropping two. The Scouts are now 8-12 ahead of a match Tuesday and two on Thursday.

East Butler split a pair of matches on Oct. 8 and is 5-18 with a game on Tuesday and two on Thursday.


Shelby/Rising City def. McCool Junction, 25-14, 25-19: Kamryn Pokorney had 11 kills to help S/RC split a triangular at McCool Junction. 

Jordie Nekl added seven more while serving six aces. The Huskies controlled the beginning of most points and dictated much of the action at the serving line where they put together 14 aces. 

Nekl and Maddie Hopwood led in digs with seven apiece and Jayce Vrbka recorded 19 assists.

D-2 No. 10 Giltner def. Shelby/Rising City, 27-29, 25-15, 25-22: Nekl, Pokorney and Reece Ingalls all finished with double-digit kills, but the Huskies fell just of defeating an ranked opponent. 

Pokorney made three blocks while Vrbka had 14 digs and 34 assists.

Sutton def. David City 23-25, 25-17, 25-13: Lauren Vandenburg led offensively with 13 kills, Payton Andel set up 23 assists and Vandenburg was key in the back row also, totaling 16 digs, one ahead of Neely Behrns.

Fairbury def. David City 25-21, 25-23: Vandenburg and Behrns totaled eight kills, Andel set up 17 assists and Vandenburg, Andel and Behrns all had six digs.


East Butler def. Osceola, 27-25, 16-25, 25-19: After losing to D-2 No. 2 BDS, East Butler bounced back and defeated Osceola. 

"The girls did a great job of turning around to defeat Osceola in three," East Butler head coach Karmen Widick said. "We had a lead and lost it in the first set, but showed our resilience and came from behind to win in extra points.

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"We came out flat in the second and didn't do a good job of receiving serve so we had virtually no offense. In the third, we got an early lead and were able to continue to build on it as the game went on. I love the fight the girls showed in that third game."

Lexi Haney led the Tigers with 16 kills.

"Addie Sullivan and Kailyn Hummel did a nice job of getting (Haney) the ball in places where she could take a good swing at it," Widick said. 

Haney also served three aces. 

Sophomore Nicole Buresh led the team in digs with eight, junior Addie Sullivan had 12 assists and Haney, Sullivan and senior Kailyn Hummel all finished with 13 sereve receptions. 

David City def. Twin River, 26-24, 25-17, 25-20: Vandenburg totaled 13 kills, Andel set up 27 assists and had the most digs with 15 and Natalie Blum and Emily Johnson were both effective from the service line. Blum put together five aces while Johnson had three.

Clarkson/Leigh def. Shelby/Rising City, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17: Kamryn Pokorney and Reece Ingalls each had 11 kills, but it wasn't enough to get the victory. 

Jade Obershaw served two aces, Pokorney had two blocks, Jordie Nekl recorded 21 digs and Vrbka finished with 28 assists.

C-2 No. 8 Lutheran High Northeast def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-19, 25-16: Ingalls led S-RC with six kills and nine digs but fell just short of the ranked opponent. 

Vrbka had 16 assists and Nekl finished with nine serve receptions. 

D-2 No. 2 BDS def. East Butler, 25-8, 25-6: East Butler only recorded five kills as a team against BDS with Haney tallying three of them. 

Haney led in digs with three, Sullivan had three assists and Buresh finished with 12 serve receptions. 

"The girls were outmatched against BDS and maybe intimidated by their reputation," Widick said. "We were really high-error in our offense and not able to score on our serve very often. Playing teams in our conference, like BDS, gives us an opportunity to see what is possible."

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.  

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