YODER – The Southeast High School volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with three sweeps over three days.
The weekend started at home on Thursday against cross-county rival Lingle-Fort Laramie.
The Lady Cyclones came away with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-22 victory over the Lady Doggers.
Lingle led 6-5 in the opening set before a 4-0 spurt by the Lady Cyclones put them in front 9-6. A kill by Southeast senior Sydney Anderson and an ace by junior Baylie Booth highlighted the brief run.
It was the last Lady Dogger lead until the third set.
Towards the end of the first, LFL senior Kameryn Rafferty drew the Lady Doggers within 22-20 after a kill, but Lady Cyclone senior Brenna Herring capped off the match with three straight kills.
In the second set, Southeast jumped out to a 3-1 advantage and never trailed. Lingle managed to tie the set on three occasions, but in each instance kills by Anderson, sophomore Brooklyn Leithead and Herring quickly broke the tie as Southeast pulled away for the 10-point set win.
In the third, the Lady Cyclones looked put away the visitors quickly, taking a 5-1 lead.
However, a kill by LFL junior Natalie Speckner sparked a rally which eventually gave the Lady Doggers a 10-8 advantage.
The lead was short-lived as Southeast countered with three straight points of its own to regain the lead.
It proved to be the last lead change of the evening.
Anderson led Southeast with 11 kills, while Herring had nine. Senior Kealy Carson led the team with three aces, while Booth and Anderson added two more. Herring tallied the team’s lone block. Anderson and Carson also led the team with 14 and 15 digs, respectively.
Lingle was led by Speckner with seven kills, while sophomore Brenly Shipp had six. Junior Leah Foster tallied three aces, while Rafferty had two solo blocks. Speckner led the team with 15 digs.
On Friday, the Lady Cyclones traveled to Pine Bluffs, picking up a 25-20, 25-11, 25-22 victory.
Senior Shelby Ekwall led the team with 11 kills, while Anderson, Carson and Herring had seven each. Ekwall also tallied the team’s lone solo block, while Anderson had a team-high 13 digs. Herring recorded 17 assists.
On Saturday, the Lady Cyclones wrapped up the regular season at home against Niobrara County.
Southeast breezed through the sweep 25-10, 25-18, 25-15.
The Lady Cyclones raced out to a 10-1 lead and never looked back.
The home team only trailed once the entire match when the visiting Lady Tigers scored the first point of the second set.
The NCHS lead was short. Junior Kylee Llewellyn tied the set with a kill, and Herring gave Southeast a 2-1 lead with a kill of her own.
Southeast never trailed again for the rest of the afternoon.
In the third set, the Lady Cyclones jumped out to an 8-1 lead, holding the visitors to only 14 more points the rest of the match.
Anderson led the team with eight kills, while Ekwall, Herring and Carson had seven apiece. Llewellyn had four of the team’s 11 aces, while Herring had three solo blocks. Booth dished out 17 assists.
The Lady Cyclones head into postseason play as the top seed from the Southeast Quadrant with a 22-5 record and riding a 14-game winning streak.
Southeast faces the winner of the Northeast Quadrant’s play-in winner between Aravada-Clearmont (5-12-1) and Midwest (2-16-2) at noon in the opening round of the 1A East Regional Tournament in Yoder.