Season ends for Bison spikers at district

Friday, November 3, 2006

KEARNEY -- The season may have come to an end for the McCook High School volleyball team Thursday at the Class B-5 district tournament at Kearney, but the Bison did not go quietly.

The Bison volleyball team fought hard before falling to Lexington in five sets 23-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-27, 15-8.

The Bison, who featured one senior in Sam Brown, finished the season with an 8-23 record.

Erica Clapp led the Bison in service aces with 4, followed by Lindsey Hazlitt 3 and Joanna Bryant 2. Bryant led in kills with 13, followed by Hanah Swanhorst 10 and Audrey Hagan 8. Clapp had 24 set assists and Hazlitt 17. Hazlitt had 2 blocks, Swanhorst 1.5, Hagan 1 and Morgan Chitwood 1. Bryant had 28 digs, Tara Powell 18 and Chitwood 17.

"The girls played their hearts out tonight and just came up a little short," said McCook volleyball coach Krystal Weber. "I was extremely proud of them for fighting as hard as they did. In Game 1, we passed the ball extremely well out of serve receive and jumped out to an early lead.

"In Games 2, 3, and 4, we struggled with passing a found ourselves fighting back from 5 and 6 point deficits throughout each game. But we didn't let up and kept fighting back. Audrey Hagan came off the bench in Game 3 and gave us a spark with her hitting. She had some great swings that Lex couldn't touch. Hanah Swanhorst came alive in the middle and had some crucial kills at crunch time when our outsides were struggling to find the open areas.

"We may not have had a great season in terms of win-loss record, but these girls gained a lot of experience and improved tremendously over the course of the season. Joanna Bryant tied Alyssa Cook tonight for the single match dig record (28) and I believe we may have a couple of kids who are really close to career records in other areas as well.

"We only lose one player off of the varsity team for next year, so our

future looks extremely promising. Sam Brown, the only senior, did a nice job this year in the middle for never having any varsity experience in the past. She worked hard this past summer and continued to improve throughout the season at her position."

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