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Senior Kamryn Pokorney led Shelby-Rising City in kills, blocks and digs as the Huskies defeated East Butler in a three-set sweep Sept. 30 in Brainard. 

Pokorney pilled up 14 kills, one ace, four blocks and 16 digs in a 25-19, 25-10 and 25-12 win for S-RC. 

"It feels really good," Pokorney said. "We've had a little bit of a slow season. We haven't been able to pull off as many victories. This was something we really needed coming into the end of the season and into districts." 

The win is the fourth victory in six games for the Huskies. 

"We did some great things," Shelby-Rising City head coach Makenzi Kuhnel said after the match. "Our goal this game was keeping our consistency, finding that rhythm all throughout the entire set. We started out slow in the first set playing kind of down to their level. We really had a discussion of being committed and picking up the pace."

After the first set, Shelby-Rising City found its rhythm and held the Tigers to 22 points combined in the final two sets. 

Sophomore Jordie Nekl totaled 10 kills, Jayce Vrbka served four aces and Maddie Hopwood had three more aces. 

Vrbka also led the team in assists with 32, and Nekl had a team high 10 serve receptions. 

With the loss East Butler drops to 4-17 on the season.

"We played well for most of the first set and stayed with them for the first 15 points or so," East Butler head coach Karmen Widick said. "At that point, Shelby-Rising City took over and we were flat the rest of the match. Addie Sullivan and Kate Rathjen did a nice of job of digging for us, but we couldn't turn them into much offense.

"When things don't go well for us on the court we fall back into bad habits. Individually, the girls need to commit to improving their fundamental skills so the team as a whole can benefit. They are still working on trusting each other to do their jobs in any given rotation while on the court. That only comes with a lot of playing together, which is an obstacle with such a young group on the court at this time." 

So far this season, Pokorney has recorded 185 kills. She also has served 19 aces and blocked 45 shots. 

"I know how important it is that I get a kill because we need something to speed up a slower game," Pokorney said. "If I get a kill it really helps us pick up the intensity." 

Shelby-Rising City also defeated Palmer on Thursday in a three-set sweep winning 25-18, 25-20 and 25-15. 

Reece Ingalls led the team in 12 kills while Jordie Nekl and Kamryn Pokorney both added 10 each. 

"(Pokorney is) a great worker on and off the court," Kuhnel said. "She had a large amount of kills. She's doing a great job of communicating with the setters when she comes onto the court so they can make a connection."

Jade Obershaw served five aces and Maddie Hopwood added five of her own. 

"Jade Obershaw struck the team hard that night serving eight of those 15 aces," Kuhnel said. "Kamryn Pokorney, Jordie Nekl, and Reece Ingalls dominated in the front row for us really connecting with our setter, finding the rhythm they needed to run our offense. Overall, our serving game was key that night, and we looked to find every possible way to be aggressive at all times." 

Pokorney also three blocks against Palmer. Shelby-Rising City rose to 8-11 with the win. 

SEPT. 30

David City def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-21, 25-7

Thayer Central def. David City, 25-12, 25-7 

OCT. 3

Wahoo Neumann def. Aquinas Catholic, 25-15, 23-25, 25-10, 28-26

Saturday 

Aquinas Catholic def. Pender, 25-22, 25-19 

Clarkson/Leigh def. Aquinas Catholic, 12-25, 25-22, 25-13

Cross County def. Aquinas Catholic, 25-18, 25-23

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

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