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Howells-Dodge Jaguars

Clarkson/Leigh and Howells-Dodge competed in the East Husker Conference tournament on Thursday and Saturday this past week. The Jaguars took sixth place in the tournament, and the Patriots finished in eighth out of a 14-team field.

On Thursday, Howells-Dodge played at Wisner-Pilger and Clarkson/Leigh played at Stanton. 

Both teams played in Pender on Saturday. North Bend Central won the tournament over Wisner-Pilger in straight sets - the top two seeds in the tournament.

Saturday

Howells-Dodge def. Clarkson/Leigh, 17-25, 25-22, 25-19: The two rivals squared off for a right to play in the fifth-place match.

Howells-Dodge's Grace Kreikemeier led her team in kills with 11 while Taya Vanlengen and Brooklyn Macholan added nine each. 

Jayda Bazata served five aces.

D-1 No. 10 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. Howells-Dodge, 25-20, 25-18: In the fifth-place match, Kreikemeier finished with seven kills and the Jags served six aces as a team, but it wasn't enough as Howells-Dodge settled for sixth place. 

After the tournament, Howells-Dodge's record sits at 17-11. The Jaguars hosted North Bend Central on Tuesday and will face Tekamah-Herman on Thursday. 

BRLD def. Clarkson/Leigh, 9-25, 25-19, 25-15: Clarkson/Leigh and BRLD had met previously this season, splitting a pair of matches.

Clarkson/Leigh won in four sets during a five-set match in Clarkson on Sept. 10 while BRLD picked a three-set win in a tournament on Oct. 19. 

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It was BRLD that won the seventh-place match on Saturday. 

"There were some positives in our play on Saturday," Clarkson/Leigh head coach Becky Schneider said. "We took both first sets fairly easily, however a lot of that came from our opponents making mistakes. But in those sets we were able to do a good job at taking care of the ball. We were passing well which in turn we were able to run our offense and keep attacking.

"We also served really well. We were aggressive, didn't miss too many, and therefore we were able to go on big runs. On the flip side, we were not able to carry that over into the next sets."    

Thursday

Howells-Dodge def. West Point-Beemer, 25-19, 25-19: Macholan led with five kills to help Howells-Dodge defeat West Point-Beemer in the first round. 

Clarkson/Leigh def. Pender, 25-19, 25-10: Clarkson/Leigh was able to win the first round as well. 

Cassidy Hoffman had nine kills in the win.

Wisner-Pilger def. Howells-Dodge, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22: In the second round, Howells-Dodge forced three sets but fell just short. 

Macholan led with 10 kills. 

Stanton def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-16, 32-30

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net

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