After defeating Madison in the first round of the C2-5 sub-district tournament on Oct. 28 at Norfolk, the Clarkson/Leigh volleyball team saw its season come to an end against No. 4 Norfolk Lutheran High Northeast later that evening.
The Eagles swept the Patriots in three sets, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-19, closing the Clarkson/Leigh season at 16-16.
"They didn't make many mistakes and it's hard to score points against teams like that," Clarkson/Leigh head coach Becky Schneider said in comments. "The tempo was pretty fast-paced, we couldn't get much going on offense, and we had a hard time stopping them defensively. We did a lot of good things at times, but we needed to do a lot of good things more consistently."
Junior Kayden Schumacher led the Patriots with 10 kills and three blocks.
Junior Cassidy Hoffman finished with seven kills and two blocks, senior Kim Stodola had six kills and two blocks, sophomore Kennedy Settje complied five kills, a block and an ace, senior Ashlynn Novotny had three kills, junior Alissa Kasisk led the Patriots with two aces and junior Bailey Lemburg served an ace of her own.
Schumacher also led the Patriots in digs with 20, and sophomore Makenna Held had a team-high 30 assists.
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Clarkson/Leigh also lost to LHNE on Oct. 8 in a home triangular, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17.
"They are always a pretty tough opponent," Schneider said. "But this season, teams were so well-balanced that anyone could have beat anyone on any given day. We actually played LHNE earlier this season. We played them in a triangular and took a set from them, so we knew they were beatable. However, playing them in subs, they made a few changes and were a completely different team from the first time we played them."
Lutheran High Northeast went on to the state tournament with a win over Centura in the district final and advanced to the state semifinals last week before a three-set loss to eventual runner-up Hastings St. Cecilia.
"There were some things we probably could have done a little bit better, but in that match, they were just better," Schneider said. "In the end, we definitely battled with them, but like I said, they were a solid team who didn't make mistakes and it's hard to beat teams like that."
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net