Lady Cyclones go 3-1 over the weekend

LUSK – Southeast High School went 3-1 over the weekend with a SEWAC victory over Niobrara County High School on Friday evening and a 2-1 day at the Mitchell (Nebraska) Invite on Saturday.

On Friday, the Lady Cyclones spoiled Homecoming for the NCHS Lady Tigers with a 3-0 victory.

After scoring a pair of 25-16 wins in the first two sets, Southeast and Lusk battled to a 25-23 third set score.

A serve error and a kill by senior Brenna Herring gave the Lady Cyclones an early 2-0 lead. It was a lead which Southeast never gave up throughout the opening set.

An ace serve by the home team cut the Southeast lead to 4-3, but it was as close as the Lady Tigers came to seeing the lead in the opening set.

The Lady Cyclones slowly pulled away for the remainder of the set for the nine-point win.

In the second set, it was much closer throughout.

Niobrara County scored the first point of the set, and neither team held more than a two-point advantage until late in the set.

A block point by the Lady Tigers tied the set at 13 before Herring tallied another kill to put Southeast back in front for good.

The Lady Cyclones scored 11 of the next 14 points en route to a 2-0 lead.

Southeast completed the sweep in the third despite it going down to the wire.

Herring led the team with 11 kills and two blocks, while senior Sydney Anderson had eight kills and senior Shelby Ekwall six. Anderson also had two of the team’s four service aces. Senior Kealy Carson and junior Baylie Booth had the other two. Herring and Anderson tallied 18 digs each, while Carson had 17. Booth dished out 11 assists, while Herring had 10.

The next day, Southeast traveled to Mitchell, picking up wins against Pine Bluffs and Hemingford, Nebraska. The loss came in the second match of the day to Bayard, Nebraska.

Southeast opened the day with a 2-0 (25-16, 25-14) win over Pine Bluffs.

Herring had six kills, while Carson and Ekwall had five apiece. Carson also had three aces, and Ekwall tallied the team’s lone block.

In the second game of the day, Southeast fell to Bayard 25-16, 25-21. The loss snapped Southeast’s seven-match winning streak.

Carson, Anderson and Ekwall had five kills each, while Ekwall and junior Kylee Llewellyn had one solo block each.

In the final match of the day, the Lady Cyclones bounced back with a 25-23, 35-14 win over Hemingford. Southeast served up 13 aces in the win.

Carson and Ekwall led the team with six kills. Carson also had a team-high three aces, while sophomore Angie Logsdon, junior Sasha Haines, junior Tylar Stoddard, Booth and Ekwall had two each. Sophomore Brooklyn Leithead recorded the team’s lone block.

The Lady Cyclones are now 9-5 on the season and will host Rock River at 5 p.m. Friday.