September 22, 2022 By Vaseline

Bulldogs defeat Cougars to win Cross County Invite

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family had six straight wins after back-to-back losses to No. 3 Oakland-Craig and No. 9 Clarkson/Leigh. The 10th-ranked Bulldogs won all four games in Saturday’s Cross County Invite, including beating undefeated Cross County.

On Tuesday they defeated Logan View/Scribner-Snyder and West Point-Beemer to improve to 12-4 before taking on No. 7 Summerland on Thursday.

After victories over High Plains, Nebraska Lutheran and East Butler, the HLHF won the Cross County Invite, defeating the Cougars 25-15 and 25-20.

The Bulldog defense was the difference in the game. They beat Cross County 37-29, with junior Ashley Pfeifer leading with eight picks. Alisha Dahlberg and Addison Groene had six points and Abilyn Schneider had five.

Both teams recorded 22 kills. Alexis Groteluschen led a balanced Bulldogs attack with five kills. Ali Brandl, Schneider, and Faith Korth each had four kills. Schneider put up 15 kills.

On Tuesday, the HLHF defeated the Raiders in the first game of the triangle game 13:25, 25:23 and 25:23. It ended the triangle with a straight-set win over West Point-Beemer, 25-18, 25-21.

Cross County (5-1 last week, 11-1 agg): The Cougars won their other five games over the past week, earning four wins by sweep.

Cross County defeated Heartland on September 15 and East Butler, Nebraska Lutheran and High Plains on Saturday. The Cougars came back and defeated David City in five sets Tuesday night 9-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-18, 15-9.

Lilly Peterson and Shyanne Anderson led the Cougars’ offense with 13 and 12 kills, respectively, against David City. Bricelynn Larson and Bren Lemburg each produced eight kills. Sydney Hengelfelt had 38 assists.

The Cross County defense recorded four more digs than the Scouts and both teams blocked 10 shots.

Peterson dug 16 balls and stuffed four shots. Anderson posted 15 digs and two blocks. Lemburg also recorded two blocks coupled with 11 excavations. Jayden Fellows and Hengelfelt finished the match with 10 digs.

The Cougars went into Thursday’s game against Central Valley with a record 11-1. They will be speaking at the two-day Hastings St Cecilia Invite on Tuesday.

Humphrey St Francis (4-0, 11-1): The Flyers won four matches without dropping a set. They defeated Riverside on September 15 and won the Chambers/Wheeler Central Invite on Saturday by defeating Twin Loup, CWC and Niobrara-Verdigre.

Kylee Wessel led the Flyers in kills in all four games. The senior recorded 47 kills. Tessa Deets had 25 kills and Emma Baumgart had 74 total assists.

Hannah Baumgart and Wessel posted most of the digs for St. Francis. Hannah records 54 digs, including 22 against the Chargers. Wessel recorded 44 digs in four games.

The fourth-place Flyers will speak for the first time in a week at Saturday’s Madison Classic.

Plateau (4-2, 10-5): After dividing their four games at the Cross County Invite, The Storm swept into the home triangle on Tuesday against Elba and St Edward.

High Plains defeated Elba 25-14 and 25-20. Due to its outstanding defense, it only took 16 kills to take out the Bluejays.

Emily Ackerson chronicled 10 of the team’s 33 digs. Courtney Carlstrom dug seven balls and Kenzie Wruble and Peyton Hoffman finished the match with five each.

Wruble accounted for half of the Strom’s kills. Hailey Lindburg and Rylee Ackerson each contributed three kills. Carlstrom set up all 16 kills.

High Plains also served nine aces, with Emily accounting for a third of them. Rylee and Wruble each counted two aces.

The Storm defeated St. Edward 25-12, 25-20 in the final match of the triangular. They took on the Longhorns and Shelby-Rising City at the Dorchester Triangle on Thursday. High Plains meets McCool Junction on the road on Tuesday.

St Edward (1-1, 2-8). In the Beavers’ first games in 10 days, they defeated Elba in straight sets and fell to High Plains in Tuesday’s triangle game.

They defeated the Bluejays 28-26 and 25-16. Izabelle Zurovski led St. Edward with four kills and senior Malaina Francis finished the match with three. Olivia Reardon and Zurovski assisted in three and two kills, respectively.

St. Edward served seven aces in the match while Skyelar Sindelar and Gracie Baker each had three aces.

In a 12-25 and 20-25 loss to High Plains, the Beavers only had four kills, three aces and six digs.

St. Edward’s next game is Tuesday at the Riverside Triangular. It will face off against the Chargers and Palmer.

Twin Flow (1-4, 2-9): The Titans secured their second win of the season against Arlington on Saturday, 25-23 and 25-19 at Stanton.

Twin River lost to Fullerton on September 15, to West Point-Beemer and Ponca on Saturday, and to No. 9 Clarkson/Leigh on Tuesday.

After Thursday’s game against Madison, Twin River will compete in Saturday’s David City Invite.

Oscar (0-2, 4-9): Osceola lost back-to-back four-set matches, falling to conference opponents Hampton on September 15 and Dorchester on Tuesday.

The Hawks defeated Osceola 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17. Sophomore Eastyn Kropatsch led the Bulldogs with a dozen kills. Melinn Roberts was second with second.

Rori Wieseman had the most aces (four) and assists (15). Emersyn Prososki assisted six kills.

Janna Roberts, Allison Kuhn, and Wieseman published double-digit digs. Janna finished with 20 digs, Kuhn with 16, and Wieseman with 14.

Dorchester won Tuesday’s match 25-14 26-24 12-25 25-9 as it had four more kills and eight more aces.

Kropatsch finished the game with seven kills, two aces, and three blocks. Prososki and Wieseman each dug 13 balls and combined for 18 assists.

Boone Central (0-5, 1-11): The Cardinals extended their losing streak to 11 games. They lost to Class D-1 No. 2 Norfolk Catholic and Stanton on September 15.

At Saturday’s Central City Invite, Boone Central lost in straight sets to No. 10 Adams Central, Centennial and Central City.

Mara Ranslem and Macy Rankin lead Boone with 68 and 56 kills, respectively. Kailey Patzel and Tristin Hooker surpassed the century mark in assists. Patzel leads the duo with 127 assists and Hooker with 104.

In addition to leading the team in kills, Ranslem has dug the most balls (77). Karlie Wies and Natalie Schrad are the next two Cardinal Dig leaders at 65 and 62, respectively.

Boone Central will take over the hardwood at Adams Central on Saturday.

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