15th Sertoma Volleyball Classic: West bests East again
McCook's Cook, North Platte's Miller
are named Most Valuable Players
The West squad dominated the East team again at the 15th annual Sertoma All-Star Volleyball Classic Saturday night.
Twenty-four of Southwest Nebraska's best senior spikers hit the hardwood at the McCook High School gymnasium.
The West won four of the five sets, including the first three, en route to its fourth win in the last six years. The West leads the series 9-6.
The West team prevailed 30-28, 30-22, 30-20, 24-30, 15-8.
McCook High School's Alyssa Cook, a 5-foot-1 libero, was named Most Valuable Player for the East team. Cook had a solid match defensively with 26 digs.
North Platte's Melissa Miller, a 5-9 outside hitter headed to North Platte Community College to play volleyball, was the West MVP. Miller had 10 kills, 6 good serves including one ace, 4 blocks and 19 digs.
The East Team was coached by Eustis-Farnam's Anita Huefte and Gothenburg's Michelle Stienike.
The East squad also featured Abbey Breinig, 5-foot-11 middle hitter, Arapahoe; Cristin Bruckman, 5-8 right-side hitter/setter, Cambridge; Lisa Fagot, 5-6 setter, Eustis-Farnam; Chelsea Wolf, 5-9 middle hitter/outside hitter, Eustis-Farnam; Allison Smith, 6-foot middle hitter, McCook; Jennifer Chmiel, 5-7 outside hitter, McCook; Randi O'Connor, 5-6 setter, North Platte-St. Patrick's; Cayla Skaritka, 5-9 right-side hitter, Southwest; Janae Perkins, 5-10 middle hitter, Southern Valley; and Megan Becker, 6-1 middle hitter, Southern Valley.
The West team coaches were Amy Beyer of Hershey and Julie Smith of Sutherland.
The West squad also featured Sarah Miller, 5-8 setter, Chase County; Jaclyn Liewer, 5-9 outside/middle hitter, Chase County; Vanessa Shill, 5-5 setter, Dundy County; Abby McCloskey, 5-8 middle hitter, Perkins County; Hayley Schaffer, 5-11 middle hitter, Hershey; Tina Fox, 6-2 middle hitter, North Platte; Andrea Frary, 6-0 middle hitter, Sutherland; Chelsea Brown, 5-9 outside hitter, Sutherland; Stephanie Padilla, 5-6 setter, Wauneta-Palisade; Kiane Alberts, 6-1 middle hitter, Wauneta-Palisade; and Katie Friesen, 5-10 outside hitter, Wallace.
The major focus of the 15th annual Sertoma Classic was to fund a grant to provide a playground at McCook Elementary School with a goal to mainstream area mentally and physically challenged youth with the general student body.