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Holton Volleyball Sweeps Big 7 Triangular
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

The senior-laden Holton volleyball team picked up their first two wins on the season with a home sweep in straight sets against Nemaha Central (25-18, 25-21) and Perry Lecompton (25-22, 25-20).  Nemaha Central salvaged a split on the night by beating Perry (27-25, 25-14) and improve their record to 5-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Big 7 League.  Holton is now 2-2 in league play while Perry fell to 1-3.  

Holton beat Nemaha 25-18, 25-21

In the opening match, the Wildcats scored the first couple points before Nemaha Central took the lead and was ahead 8-6 when Holton called a timeout.  The Cats rallied to tie the score at nine then went ahead 16-10 with a 7-1 spurt with Faith Haussler serving. Cailin Parks hammered home a couple kills late after the Cats built a 20-13 advantage and never looked back. In set two, Nemaha Central again had leads of 2-0 and 5-3 after a few impressive early kills by Lexi Leuger, but Holton regained the advantage at 7-6 and would never trail again.  Nemaha called timeouts trailing 14-9 and 18-11 and played a couple freshman while going 11 deep to find the right combinations.  Down 23-14, the Thunder responded by scoring 7 of 8 points to get back in the match before Holton eventually got the win.  

Nemaha beat Perry Lecompton 27-25, 25-14

Perry led throughout most of game one after taking a 3-0 lead. The Kaws had their biggest lead of the game at 23-19 and blew two set points before Ashlyn Steinlage got hot serving and the Thunder rallied to tie the score at 24.  In set two, Nemaha Central started with a 4-0 advantage that was 7-1 and continued the momentum to ride as easy win while the Kaws never bounced back from a frustrating loss.  

Holton beats Perry 25-22, 25-20

Despite an early 4-3 lead, Holton fell behind 10-5.  The Wildcats eventually the tied the score at 13 and the retook the lead at 17-16.  Perry tied the score at 22 before the Holton got the final three points of the match.  The Cats then carried that confidence and rhythm into the second set jumping to a 7-1 and 10-3 lead.  Perry rallied to pull within two points twice and almost made it 16-15 on a controversial block attempt before the Cats again finished strong scoring 6 of the final 8 points.     

Holton played  seven seniors in the regular rotation with Haussler, Parks, Olivia Yingst, Danika Hickman, Kinleigh Rhodd and Paige Crouch.  

Perry was led by seniors Cali Coleman, Rylee Paramore and Jenna Keller while sophomore setters Campbell Keller and Kaitlyn Hurd where major contributors along with classmate Allyson Baker.  

Nemaha Central despite playing in a tourney and getting four more games in than either of the league foes, rotated a lot more players.  Senior libero Aydan Bass along with senior returners Kirsten Lortscher and Lexi Leuger were consistent through the night along with classmates Allison Koch and Alleigh Kramer. Cassidy Corby provided a lot of energy on the front line while Riley Rottinghaus and Ashlyn Steinloge also played well. McKynsey Henry is a sophomore that set much of the night along with Steinlage and two freshman - Ella Larkin and Addy Holthaus also got significant varsity action.   

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