YODER – The Southeast High School volleyball team went 1-1 last week, falling to Mitchell, Neb., on Thursday but defeating Niobrara County High School on Saturday.
On Thursday evening, the Lady Cyclones fell to the Mitchell Lady Tigers, 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16).
Southeast held early leads in each of the first two sets, but Mitchell battled back in each to take a 2-0 lead.
In the opening set, Southeast led 3-1 behind a pair of kills from junior Jordan Stoddard before Mitchell scored the next four points.
The Lady Tigers never trailed again for the rest of the set.
The second was much the same.
Southeast jumped out to a 2-0, but Mitchell scored the next three points, pushing its lead to as many as 15-10.
The Lady Cyclones closed the deficit to one at 15-14, but never saw the lead again in the set.
In the third, Mitchell raced out to a 5-0 lead before Stoddard scored another kill to put Southeast on the scoreboard.
Sophomore Kealy Carson tallied one of her team-high eight kills to draw the Lady Cyclones within one at 7-6, but it wasn’t until a Mitchell attack error gave Southeast a 9-8 lead.
The Lady Cyclones kept Mitchell at bay to extend the match to a fourth set.
In the final set, Southeast led 10-9, but the Lady Tigers scored the next five points to put the match out of reach for the home team.
In addition to Carson’s eight kills, she had eight assists, seven digs and five serving aces. Sophomore Brenna Herring had 18 assists, eight digs and four kills, while Stoddard had five kills and two blocks. Sophomore Sydney Anderson tallied 10 digs and five kills.
On Saturday, Southeast traveled north to Lusk to face the Niobrara County Lady Tigers.
The Lady Cyclones bounced back with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-14) road victory.
Anderson led the team with nine kills, while Stoddard added seven. Carson dished out a team-high 21 assists. Senior Becca Foos tallied 15 digs.
The win moved Southeast to 5-2 on the season.
The Lady Cyclones travel to Pine Bluffs (1-7) on Friday for a 6 p.m. match and to Burns (4-4) on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.