The Bison finished fourth in the McCook Invitational Saturday, Sept. 15. The hosts had chances to win sets against Sidney and Alliance and squandered good leads in both matches.
McCook opened with a 25-15, 25-17 win over Decatur Community of Oberlin, Kan. The Bison then lost to Sidney, 25-12, 26-24, in the semifinals. In the third-pace final, Alliance topped McCook, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23.
In the third-place match against Alliance, McCook watched a 20-16 lead in the final set disintegrate to a 20-20 tie. Alliance led 22-21, but McCook tied the score on a kill by Rachel Goltl. But a Bison serve out of bounds and a pass into the net put Alliance at match point.
Kassidy Gillen kept McCook alive with a kill to get the Bison within 24-23, but McCook misfired on another serve to give the Bulldogs the win.
"Again, it's confidence. A lot of time I talk to the girls about making the plays and not letting them happen. We're not really used to right now, being those playmakers, being the one who is going to make that play and get us that point. We're getting better at it. It's something we will continue to work on."
Coach Schutte would also like to break that habit of surrendering those late-set leads and close out more wins.
SIDNEY DEFEATED Minden in an exciting championship match Saturday evening. The Raiders won by scores of 23-25, 25-22, 25-22. Minden reached the finals with a 25-17, 25-22 win over Alliance.
Southwest claimed fifth place with a win over Decatur Community. Chase County topped Cambridge 25-18, 26-24, in the seventh-place final.
McCOOK, 3-6, returns to action Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Hastings in a triangular meet with Crete. The Bison varsity and JV will face Hastings at 5 p.m., followed by varsity and JV matches vs. Crete at approximately 6 p.m. at the Hastings High School gym.
McCOOK INVITATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Saturday, Sept. 15, at McCook
First-Round Match Results
McCook def. Decatur Community (Oberlin, Kan.), 25-15, 25-17
Sidney def. Chase County, 27-25, 25-11
Alliance def. Southwest, 25-17, 25-23
Minden def. Cambridge, 25-18, 25-14
Consolation Semifinal Match Results
Decatur Community def. Chase County, 25-11, 25-17
Southwest def. Cambridge, 25-11, 25-10
Championship Semifinal Match Results
Sidney def. McCook, 25-12, 26-24
Minden def. Alliance, 25-17, 25-22
Chase County def. Cambridge, 25-18, 26-24
Southwest def. Decatur Community, 25-21, 25-18
Alliance def. McCook, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23
Sidney def. Minden, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22