Fresh off a dominating sweep over Gering on Thursday night, the Scottsbluff volleyball team continued to progress by splitting a pair of matches during a triangular with McCook and Ogallala on Saturday at Scottsbluff High School.
The Bearcats opened with a solid 25-20, 25-19 win over McCook. In their second match, the Bearcats put up quite a battle against Ogallala before falling 25-22, 25-18.
Even though her squad wasn’t able to pick up both wins, Scottsbluff coach Megan Burda was proud of the Bearcats’ effort and performance throughout the day.
“The girls are coming together,” Burda said. “It’s nice to see that the things we’ve been working on all season are starting to click for them.”
In the Bearcats’ sweep of McCook, Brayden Auer led the offensive attack with eight kills. Alexus Pinedo added three and Chesney Walker finished with two.
Conner Ehler dished out 12 set assists, while Lauren Miller led the Bearcats defensively with 10 digs. Walker tallied eight digs, Pinedo had seven and Makayla Castro totaled five. Auer also finished the match with five digs and three assisted blocks.
“I thought we came out really well against McCook,” Burda said. “We actually had to come back in both sets to win that, so I was happy with how the girls kept playing aggressively and stayed determined.”
Kiley Guerue paced the Bearcats in hitting against Ogallala with seven kills. Walker, Castro and Auer all added two kills each.
Ehler again led the way with eight assists from her setter’s position, while Pinedo chipped in with three.
Pinedo fired in a pair of aces from the service line.
Defensively for Scottsbluff, Pinedo and Guerue both totaled 10 digs each. Miller finished with seven and Walker had six. Both Ehler and Amy Colburn registered five digs each.
Auer finished the match with one solo block.
“The first time we played Ogallala it was rough. Today it was a night and day difference,” Burda said. “They came out and competed. I was very proud of them.”
Winners of two of their last three, the Bearcats (9-17) will be faced with a tough stretch of matches next week, beginning on Tuesday at home against Alliance. Scottsbluff will then host North Platte in the final home match of the season on Thursday before competing in the Alliance Invitational on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a busy week for us,” Burda said. “I still don’t think we’re performing at our highest level, but we’re getting there. Hopefully, by the time we need to perform at our highest level we will be.”