Blocking at Albion

O'Neill's (13) Wreece Liewer and (2) Makayla Hilker get the block against Boone-Central in Albion last week. Photo by Joe Flanagan, Albion News

The O'Neill Lady Eagles fared pretty well this past week as they won both games on the road. On Tuesday, Sept. 3 the Eagles traveled to Tilden to take on the Elkhorn Valley Falcons. The Eagles jumped off to an easy win in the first set winning 25-12. O'Neill managed to come out on top in the hard fought set two as they finally won with the score at 30-28. Set three proved to be too hard as the Falcons marked up a 25-18 win. But the Eagles lashed back and won the game when they took set four 25-10.

Leading scorers for the Eagles were Blair Gutshall with 16 kills, one ace, six blocks and 14 digs; Makayla Hilker nine kills, one ace and 17 digs; Meg Schluns five kills, two aces and 23 digs; Wreece Liewer four kills, four blocks and eight digs; Zeile Sorenson three kills and one dig; Kiersten Welke one kill and 19 digs; Alyssa Eichelberger two aces, 10 digs and 29 assists; Makenna Fowler one block and one dig and Lauren Young one block, four digs and one ace.

On Thursday, Sept. 5 the Eagles were on the road again. This time traveling to Albion to take on the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals. Right from the start this was a well matched competition. The Eagles narrowly lost the first set with a score of 22-25. Set two proved to be more of the same as they marked up the second loss of 23-25. By the third set the Eagles got in a rhythm and took a couple of easier wins with set three being 25-13 and set four 25-12. That meant they headed to the all important tie breaker, set five. This too was a battle, but the Eagles came out victorious with an ending score of 15-13.

Helping O'Neill get the win were Gutshall with 16 kills, three blocks and 17 digs; Schluns 15 kills, one ace, 17 digs and one assist; Hilker 11 kills, three aces, three blocks, 16 digs and two assists; Liewer 11 kills, one ace, four digs and one assist; Eichelberger three kills, one ace, 12 digs and 46 assists; Young two kills and eight digs; Fowler one kill, one ace and two digs; Welke 17 digs and Morgan Cullen one dig.

This week Elgin Public/Pope John came to O'Neill on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Eagles traveled to Valentine for a triangular with West Holt on Wednesday, host Crofton on Thursday and the junior varsity team travels to Wisner for a tournament on Saturday.

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