Red Cloud’s 6-foot senior Samantha Jackson tallied 10 kills and one timely ace serve to lead the Lady Warriors to a 25-22, 25-11, 25-15 win over host Heartland Lutheran on Thursday night.
The Red Hornets started strong, as Syndey Schmitt served seven straight points in the first set to stake Heartland Lutheran to an early 9-4 lead. The teams would trade rallies with Red Hornet freshman Elizabeth Bergdolt notching a kill and an ace block back-to-back to tie the score at 19, and then score another kill to tie the game at 21, this set the stage for Jackson to take over the first set.
Jackson’s kill shot on a long volley gave Red Cloud a 22-21 lead. She then held service for a point and blistered the Red Hornet defense for an ace serve and a 24-21 lead. Brealynn Lockhart would finish the set with an emphatic kill shot to lift the Lady Warriors to the narrow 25-22 first set win.
The second set was the Bailey Lewis show, as the Red Cloud junior had three kills and three ace serves as the Lady Warriors cruised to a 25-11 second set victory.
Although Heartland Lutheran would play a strong net game in the last set, Jackson tallied five kills and helped Red Cloud control the set and take the match.
Heartland Lutheran coach Kathryn Langrehr pointed towards her team’s passing struggles as a key to the contest.
"Footwork especially in our passing is something we need to work on," Langrehr said. "Sometimes, we’re a half-step slow, we have to learn to pass the ball better, this was one we maybe could have gotten, but we’re learning."
Samantha Jackson (10), Bailey Lewis (6), and Brealynn Lockhart (5) combined for 21 kills to lead the Red Cloud net attack, while Elizabeth Bergdolf’s four kills and three blocks including two aces paced Heartland Lutheran.
Red Cloud ......................... 25 25 25
Heartland Lutheran ........... 22 11 15
Red Cloud—-Kills (24), Aces (10), Blocks (2)—-Maria Ocking 1-1-0, Bailey Lewis 6-3-1, Tene’a Zywiec 1-3-0, Brealynn Lockhart 5-1-0, Megan Ockinga 0-0-0, Regan Fisher (1-1-0), Samantha Jackson (10-1-1).
Heartland Lutheran—-Kills (14), Aces (1), Blocks (8), Ace Blocks (5)—-Justine Bader 1-1-1, Rochelle Scheer 0-0-0, Carolyn Bergdolt 1-0-0, Elizabeth Bergdolt 4-0-3, Katy Kowalski 2-0-3, Claire Hiegel 3-0-1, Hannah Niemeier 1-0-0, Sydney Schmitt 2-0-0. Ace Blocks—-Bader (1), E. Bergdolt (2), Kowalski (1), Hiegel (1).