Published On: Wed, Oct 5th, 2011

Lady Trojans top West Point in five sets

HARTINGTON — The Cedar Catholic girls swept a pair of MidStates Conference foes during action last week.
Cedar defeated Battle Creek on the road Tuesday, then hit their home-court Thursday to defeat rival West Point Guardian Angels.
Cedar is now 15-6 on the season and has moved up to eighth in NSAA Power Points.

Cedar struggled to top Battle Creek Tuesday, then had to battle back to defeat West Point here Thursday.
In Thursday’s game, the Lady Trojans did something that very few teams have been able to do this season.
Cedar defeated West Point Guardian Angels in five sets. It was West Point’s fourth loss of the season, losing only to undefeated Lutheran High NE and Class C1 powerhouses Wayne and Arlington.
Cedar lost an up-and-down first set 25-21.
The Lady Trojans came out fired up for the second set, using a pair of Lexi Steffen kills and solid net play from Karly Noecker to build a 6-1 early advantage.
A West Point ace serve and a Cedar error cut the lead to 6-3.  A Lexi Steffen tip over and a solid block from the junior stand-out helped the Lady Trojans to a 9-3 advantage.
The Lady Jays came back strong with a five-point run to climb back into the match. Katelyn Dickes blasted two kills and an ace block over the net to help Cedar put together a 7-2 run to once again take control with a 16-10 lead.
The Lady Jays again climbed back into the match, cutting Cedar’s lead to 20-19, then took a 22-21 lead before Lexi Steffen’s powerful kill knotted the game at 22-22.
A Katelyn Dickes block, a West Point error and a Karly Noecker slam gave Cedar the 25-23 win.
In the third set, the two squads traded points evenly until the Jays took a 9-7 lead on a Hailey Steuter kill. West Point stretched its lead to four with a Steuter ace serve.
A 7-1 Cedar run put the Lady Trojans  ahead  17-16. Three stellar Katelyn Dickes plays, one on defense and two on offense, stretched Cedar’s lead to 20-17.
The two teams again traded points until Cedar took a 24-22 lead with a big McKae Pinkelman slam. Cedar wasn’t able to seal the deal, though  as West Point put together a 4-0 run to steal the 26-24 win.
Points were traded evenly in the fourth set until Siera Becker slammed down back to back kills to give the Big Red a 13-10 lead.  That was the start of an 11-7 Cedar run to give the Lady Trojans a 23-18 advantage. A Blue Jay error and a McKae Pinkelman kill gave Cedar the 25-21 win.
The two squads again traded points evenly in the final frame before a McKae Pinkelman kill started a 4-0 run for Cedar. The Jays pulled to within three points, 12-9, before an error and two Lexi Steffen kills ended the game.
The Lady Trojans were set up with a school-record performance by Emily Schrempp. Schrempp put up 53 set assists to best the school record set by Kendra Lammers in 2010.
Cedar is now in the midst of a long hiatus before hosting O’Neill St. Marys on Oct. 11.

Cedar Catholic    21   25   24   25    15
West Point GA    25   23   26  21    9

KILLS
Cedar – Lexi Steffen, 18; Siera Becker, 13; McKae Pinkelman, 9; Karly Noecker, 9; Katelyn Dickes, 7; Emily Schrempp, 1. WPGA – Emily Knobbe, 19; Hailey Steuter, 19; Annie Niewohner, 9; Abby Ortmeier, 5.

DIGS
Cedar – Katelyn Dickes, 16; Siera Becker, 16; EmilySchrempp, 13; Karly Noecker, 13; Kallie Leise, 13; Lexi Steffen, 4; McKae Pinkelmaan, 3; Liz Steffen, 1. WPGA – Hailey Steuter, 14; Emily Knobbe, 11; Emily Petz, 9; Kendra Schlautman, 8; Jamie Petz, 6;

SET ASSISTS
Cedar – Emily Schrempp, 53; Karly Noecker, 3. WPGA – Mary Kreikemeier, 27; Jamie Petz, 20;

ACE SERVES
Cedar- Siera Becker, 1; Emily Schrempp, 1; Liz Steffen, 1.

BLOCKS
Cedar – Lexi Steffen, 4; Katelyn Dickes, 4; McKae Pinkelman, 2; Siera Becker, 1; Karly Noecker, 1.

Despite having won only one game all year, the Battle Creek Bravettes gave Cedar Catholic the fight of their lives Tuesday night.
Cedar won the first set 25-18, but fell in extra points in the next two. The Lady Trojans regrouped in the fourth and fifth sets to win 25-17 and 15-11.
Cedar juniors Lexi Steffen and Siera Becker paced the Lady Trojans at the net with 16 and 15 kills, respectively.
Cedar is now in the midst of a long hiatus before hosting O’Neill St. Marys on Oct. 11.

Cedar Catholic    25   24   25        25    15
Battle Creek        18   26   27        17       11

KILLS
Cedar – Lexi Steffen, 16; Siera Becker, 15; Katelyn Dickes, 12; McKae Pinkelman, 6; Karly Noecker, 5; Emily Schrempp, 1; Erin Hochstein, 1.

DIGS
Cedar – Katelyn Dickes, 15; Kallie Leise, 14; Siera Becker, 11; Emily Schrempp, 11; Karly Noecker, 11; Liz Steffen, 8; Lexi Steffen, 3; Maggie Steffen, 2.

SET ASSISTS
Cedar – Emily Schrempp, 43; Karly Noecker, 6; Kallie Leise, 1; McKae Pinkelman, 1.

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