No rest vs. West as All-Stars' energy fuels sweep
McCOOK, Neb. — The winning magic from two talented players-turned coaches clearly translated to their West All-Star volleyball girls Saturday.
Former McCook Community College volleyball players Dylann Byland and Sidney Kizer helped ignite winning momentum that has continued with coach Hayley Kobza’s program.
On Saturday, both MCC alums returned to direct a little more winning success on the Graff Events Center home floor.
Together, they coached the West All-Stars to a 25-15, 25-11, 25-21 sweep of the East in Saturday’s third annual Wild West All-Star Volleyball Classic.
The West featured a winning combination ranging from Dundy County-Stratton to Hitchcock County to Chase County along with Ogallala and North Platte among others.
Hitchcock County’s Amanda Horinek was clearly having fun with rivals-now teammaes Grace Frederick and Adalene Krutsinger.
Chase’s Allison Owings also made an impact in the West attack while another Hitchcock star — Kyleigh Scott — helped defend against East attacks.
A trio of Hershey Panthers also played key roles as the West never really control.
The East took some third-set leads with McCook alums Jayceea Hanson and Robin Grigg helping their comeback quest.
Southwest’s Nicole Dewey, Joslyn North of Arapahoe and Alex Ellermeier from Medicine Valley were other East All-Stars.
However, the West regained a lead and never relinquished it as Ogallala’s Madison Mendoza earned Most Valuable Player honors for this winning team.