After a 3-0 sweep against Nodaway Valley on Monday, October 22, the Sidney Cowgirls advance to the Regional Semi-Finals.
Sidney received a first round bye during district play, and after nine days, finally took the court and swept Nodaway Valley; 25-15, 25-7; 25-11.
In the first set, the Cowgirl’s jumped out to a quick, 9-0, lead. Nodaway eventually fought it’s way back to get within three (14-11) before Sidney took a timeout. After the timeout, the Cowgirl’s outscored Nodaway, 11 to 4 to take the first set. Coach Amy McClintock said that her team seemed a little rusty the first set, and that could have been due to the fact her team has not seen the court in nine days. “Once we figured out what they were doing offensively, we were able to be more aggressive,” McClintock said.
The rust seemed to wear off in the second set after Sidney won big, 25-7.
During the third set, Sidney grew a comfortable lead, and were able to get some younger players in to finish out the contest.
Sidney was 68 of 75 on serving, with nine serving aces. Duncan was 26-28 with five ace serves, and Olivia Larsen was 16-16 with one ace serve.
“I think our serving was good tonight,” McClintock said. “We have to be more aggressive the further we get down the tournament line.”
With Maddy and Larsen serving the ball with accuracy, it benefits athletes like, Camryn McClintock and Kelsey Hobbie, who are in the middle to cover the net. Then add Makenna Jarosz and Presley Brumbaugh in the mix, and you have solid group of girls at the net for kills and blocks.
“The more we can keep Maddy and Presley involved, the better off we are,” said McClintock.
Camryn led the Cowgirls in kills with 13 on the night; Hobbie, 10; Brumbaugh, eight.
Larsen led Sidney in assists with 37; Abby Whitehead, three.
The teams dig leader, Jaden Daffer, contributed with nine digs; Duncan, and Brumbaugh, seven each.
Sidney (36-2) will face Central Decatur, Leon (15-11) on Thursday, October 25, at Sidney, starting at 7 p.m.