Lady Tigers have busy week at Niobrara, Bloomfield, Randolph

The Osmond Lady Tigers have been very busy lately, playing in regular games and triangulars during the first two weeks of September.

Niobrara Triangular

NIOBRARA — On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Lady Tiger volleyball team traveled to Niobrara to take on the Niobrara-Verdigre Cougars and the Creighton Bulldogs in their first triangular of the season. Osmond fared well and finished the night 1-1.

The Lady Tigers started the evening playing the Niobrara-Verdigre Cougars and defeated them in two sets with scores of 26-24 and 25- 18. This was a good match-up as both teams were relatively equal for height. Team totals for this match were; 86% serving average, 42 digs, 13 aces, and 20 set assists.

"Our serving aided us in this win as we had 13 aces to our opponents' one," said Coach Tiffany Rice.

The stats for this game are as follows:

Grace Gansebom: three aces, one kill, 18 assists and 12 digs

Kiera Moes: three kills, four digs

Bailey Schmit: two aces, six kills, seven digs

Macy Aschoff: four aces, seven kills, five digs

Lillie Gansebom: three aces, one kill, five digs

Elisa Herrera: one ace, one assist, nine digs

Cali Gutz: three kills, one assist.

After, defeating the Cougars, the Lady Tigers took on the Creighton Bulldogs. The Lady Tigers were defeated in two sets with scores of 25-20 and 25-14.

The Lady Bulldogs has very good hitters and blockers and caused the Lady Tigers to make more errors, which resulted in the loss. This match the Lady Tigers finished with four ace serves with a 91.4 serving percentage. Stats for this game are as follows:

Macy Aschoff: six kills, five digs

Grace Gansebom: two aces, six assists, six digs

Kiera Moes: one kill

Bailey Schmit: one ace, one kill, one dig

Elisa Herrera: one ace, one assist, three digs

Lillie Gansebom: three digs

Bloomfield Game

BLOOMFIELD — On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Lady Tigers traveled to Bloomfield to match up with the Lady Bees.

Varsity Game

The varsity team had a good start on the Lady Bees, but came up short. The Lady Bees had a strong front row that was proven by great hitters. The Lady Tigers fell short, losing two sets to three with the following scores: 25-20, 20-25, 17-25, 26-24, 9-15.

From the previous games that the Lady Tigers had played, their improved their hitting percentage, serve-receive rating; however, they had several errors. There were a total of 15 service errors and a handful of communication errors.

"Moving forward, our goal is to minimize these errors, and by doing so we will come out on top," said Coach Rice.

The following are stats from this game:

Macy Aschoff: three aces, 14 kills, one assist, 10 digs

Grace Gansebom: one ace, eight kills, 35 assists, 15 digs

Kiera Moes: 12 kills, one assist, six digs

Lillie Gansebom: three aces, two kills, one assist, seven digs

Bailey Schmit: one ace, six kills, two assists, 21 digs

Cali Gutz: one ace, four kills, one assist

Elisa Herrera: one ace, one assist, 15 digs

Junior Varsity Game

To start the evening, the Osmond junior varsity-"C" team combined to play five sets against the Lady Bees. The Lady Tigers won three of the five sets with scores of 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21, 5-15. Stats for JV are as follows:

Anna Kahny: one dig

Annabelle Vinson: one dig

Callie Hoffman: seven kills, six digs

Caydence Krienert: one ace, two kills, one block, one assist, nine digs

Erica Heiman: three aces, seven digs

Juliana Kumm: two kills

Leia Buchanan: four aces, three kills, 22 assists, eight digs

Mary Jane Herrera: one kill, two digs

Reese Johns: four aces, four kills, one assist, 17 digs

Taylor Thompson: five aces, 12 kills, two assists, 22 digs

"It was nice to play all five sets to allow for our younger gals to experience some court time, as there are not many schools that have JV or "C" teams because of a decrease in numbers," said Coach Rice. "The JV and "C" team are doing well and are improving each day in practice and in each game that they play. They are learning that communication is key to being successful on the court."

Randolph Triangular

RANDOLPH — On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Lady Tigers traveled to Randolph for a triangular with Randolph and Tri-County Northeast (Allen).

The Lady Tigers' first game was against Tri-County Northeast (Allen) in which they won in two sets with scores of 29-27 and 25-20. The Lady Tigers had an exceptional game and it was fun to watch as both teams were evenly matched in size.

The Lady Tigers tallied some stats that led to this win, including a 92.5% serving percentage, 41 digs and had 12 less errors than the opponent.

Individual stats for this game include:

Grace Gansebom: one kill, 20 assists, 4 digs

Macy Aschoff: five kills, 13 digs

Elisa Herrera: eight digs

Lillie Gansebom: four aces, five kills, five digs

Bailey Schmit: one ace, seven kills, 10 digs

Kiera Moes: two kills, one assist, one dig

Cali Gutz: two kills, one assist

During the final game of the triangular, the Lady Tigers battled the Lady Cardinals. Osmond had a slow start, but put up a good fight, however came up short with a loss of two sets to one.

The Lady Cardinals had a dominant front row that can be credited to height, however, the Lady Tigers made some adjustments that allowed them to keep a tight game. The Lady Tigers controlled the game with 21 ace serves, 45 digs, but could not match up to the cardinal blockers.

The game stats are as follows: Macy Aschoff: three aces, eight kills, one assist, 12 digs

Elisa Herrera: seven digs

Grace Gansebom: 11 aces, one kill, 21 assists, seven digs

Bailey Schmit: four aces, four kills, 10 digs

Kiera Moes: three kills, two digs

Lillie Gansebom: three aces, one kill, six digs

Callie Gutz: six kills and one dig

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