Published On: Wed, Nov 16th, 2011

Ord tops Cedar girls in five sets

HASTINGS – The Cedar Catholic Lady Trojans looked unstoppable in the first set of Thursday’s Class C2 State Tournament game against Ord.
It was a long and bumpy roller coaster ride after that, though, as Cedar simply couldn’t keep that pace the entire game.
The Lady Chanticleers bounced back strong in the second set, then won two more to give the Lady Trojans an early State Tourney exit.

The Lady Chants then went on to defeat Hastings St.Cecillia to face Lutheran High Northeast in the championship game. The Lady Eagles won that contest in four sets for their second straight state title.
Despite the early exit, Coach Adam Kuntz said his team gave a great effort at times.
“I thought we competed well at times and then lost our focus uncontrollably at times,” Coach Adam Kuntz said after the game. “No set score was even close and unfortunately we were on the losing end tonight. It was a match that could have gone either way with two groups of kids laying it on the line.”
Cedar took control of the first set early, utilizing strong hitting and solid blocking to stick Ord with a 25-13 setback.
A Cedar ace serve and a combination of Lexi Steffen blocks and kills helped Cedar to a 4-2 early lead to open the game.
The Lady Chantaleers then rallied back with a pair of solid kills of their own to knot the game at 5-5. Several Ord mistakes then helped Cedar rip off a 4-0 run before Katelyn Dickes’ powerful kill put Cedar up 10-5.
A couple of Cedar errors allowed Ord to put together a 3-1 run of their own to cut the defict to 12-9, but that’s as close as Ord would get in this one. Cedar then put together a huge 13-4 run for the victory. The run was set up by seven straight serves by Cedar sophomore Kallie Leise.  Five Ord errors and kills by Karly Noecker, Erin Hochstein, Katelyn Dickes and Siera Becker also lifted Cedar to the win.
Ord Coach Wendy Alexander said her team got off to a slow start.
“We kind of started off tentative, tipping the ball a little bit,” said Coach Alexander,
Her team came out fired up in the second set, though, as Cedar wasn’t able to keep the momentum from that big win.
Ord raced out to a 7-1 lead to open the second set. An Ord error gave Cedar its second point of the match. Back-to-back Lexi Steffen and Katelyn Dickes kills cut the deficit to 10-4 before  Ord put together a 5-3 run to stretch their lead to 15-7.
Cedar was able to cut the deficit to six points with an Erin Hochstein kill, but the Lady Chants wouldn’t allow them to get any closer as they went on for the  25-15 win.
Solid Ord defense caused problems for Cedar, Coach Kuntz said.
“They did a nice job of keeping our middles in check and we were not able to convert enough one-on-one attacks into kills,” Kuntz said.
Siera Becker’s kill gave Cedar a 5-2 lead to start the third set. The set was a back and forth affair, as Ord went on to tie the game then take a 7-5 lead.
The Chantacleers then went on to build a 10-6 lead before Cedar slammed down six straight kills to reclaim the lead at 12-10. Emily Schrempp and Karly Noecker both had successful attacks in the run, while Katelyn Dickes found her groove, slamming down four kills. Dickes ended the night with a team-high 11 kills in the contest.
The two teams traded points before a Lexi Steffen kill gave Cedar a five-point lead at 18-13. The two teams again traded points evenly before Cedar took the 25-19 win to go up 2-1.
Erin Hochstein caught fire early in the fourth set to help Cedar take a 6-2 lead. A 5-1 Ord run put the Chantacleers right back in the game, though. The two teams ended up in a tie five times before Ord went on a big run.
Ord took control, closing out the fourth set with a 9-1 run to claim the win and knot the contest at 2-2. The Lady Chants never trailed in the decisive final set to claim the 15-12 victory and move on.
“I felt at the end of the match, our girls stepped up and swung to win. They weren’t afraid in game five,” Alexander said.
Kuntz said he is proud of his team, a group which refused to consider themselves in a rebuilding year.
“I am grateful for this group of kids that I got to work with this year. At times during our season they showed so much maturity and showed Coach (Laura Wiebelhaus) and myself how much they really did want our team to succeed,” Kuntz said.
Cedar’s second-year coach said it is tough to see two long-time players, seniors McKae Pinkelman and Briana Becker, leave the team.
“At the end of every season it is hard to say goodbye to two of our links,” he said. “McKae and Briana did such a commendable job this year as our senior leaders. They played key roles to our success. One of the unknown factors of a new season is knowing if someone is going to be able to step into that roll and play it as well as these two young ladies did.“
Cedar has a very talented squad coming back, he said. Hard work could put the Lady Trojans in the hunt for next year’s state title, Kuntz said.
“I am excited about the future of Cedar volleyball as we continue to set high standards and reachable goals,” he said.

Ord    13        25    19    25    15
Cedar    25        15    25    16    12

Cedar – Katelyn Dickes, 11; Siera Becker, 9; Lexi Steffen, 8; Karly Noecker, 8; Erin Hochstein, 8; Emily Schrempp, 6. Ord – Megan Alexander, 12;  Katie Peterson, 11; Nicole Carson, 10.

Cedar – Emily Schrempp, 37; Liz Steffen, 1;  Karly Noecker, 1. Ord – Nicole Carson, 36.

Cedar – Kallie Leise, 23; Siera Becker, 22; Karly Noecker, 19; Katelyn Dickes, 18; Emily Schrempp, 17; Erin Hochstein, 9; Lexi Steffen, 8; Liz Steffen, 5. Ord – Megan Alexander, 23; Katie Peterson, 19; Holly Heil, 19.

Cedar  – Lexi Steffen 5. Kate Dickes 2. Erin Hochstein 1. Karly Noecker 1. Ord – Katie Peterson, 4.

Cedar – Kate Dickes 3. Siera Becker 1. Emily Schrempp 1. Karly Noecker 4. Kallie Leise 2. Ord – Holly Heil, 2;
Megan Alexander, 2.