Mullen wins Brady tournament, South Loup earns win

South Loup South Loup finished the Brady tournament 1-2, moving their record to 4-8 on the season. They won the first match 2-0 against Stapleton McPherson County before dropping a 2-1 decision to Wauneta-Palisade and a 2-0 match to Eustis-Farnam. South Loup topped SMC 25-15, 25-17 in the first match with Sierra Monroe leading the way offensively. Monroe finished with three kills and had plenty of help around her. Jordan Rush and Shayla Dockweiler finished with two kills each. Alex Weinman, Jenna Hoesel and Taylor Geiser each had one on the match. After beating SMC, the Bobcats took Wauneta-Palisade to three sets, losing 2-1 (15-25, 25-23, 20-25). Rush and Monroe lead the way with eight and seven kills respectively while Shayla Dockweiler chipped in five. Their third and final game was a 19-25, 17-25 loss to Eustis Farnam. Hoesel lead the way with three kills while Monroe, Rush, and Leah Smith had two each.Mullen Mullen continued its strong season with a tournament win at Brady Sept. 22. The Lady Broncos won the first match over SMC 2-0 (25-13,25-18). Amber Wright had a double-double serving 13/14 for 11 points, 5 from ace serves and dished out 13 set assists. Wright also led digs with 7. Rachel Hoesing served for 7 points and put down 9 kills. Madison Tomlinson served 7/7 getting credit for 4 points, while she dished out 5 set assists and had 5 kills. Ally Ginkens tallied 5 kills while Jessica Lovitt added 3. Clara Vinton and Mikayla Daniels each had 2 kills. Lovitt and Tomlinson each had an ace block in the match. Mullen played their second match against Wauneta-Palisade, beating them in three sets They dominated the first set with Wauneta-Palisade taking their second time-out when down 7-18 while Haley Gracey was serving. Gracey came back after the time-out and scored 5 more points. Wright finished off the 1st set with an ace serve to win 25-10. The 2nd and 3rd sets were more evenly matched with the Broncos falling in the 2nd set 25-27 and then rallied to win the 3rd 25-20. Gracey lead serving scoring 11 points in her serving rotation. Tomlinson served for 10 points, 15/15 with 2 ace serves. Ginkens and Vinton served for seven points while Rachel Hoesing served for six points. Tomlinson led set assists with 21. Wright dished out 12. Ginkens led kills with 12, Vinton and Hoesing added eight kills each while Lovitt added four and Mikayla Daniels had three. Tomlinson lead ace blocks with three. With the win, Mullen advanced to the finals to take on the Eagles from Brady. Wright led set assists with 16. Tomlinson added seven while Daniels added four. Vinton lead kills with nine, Hoesing added six, Ginkens five and Lovitt & Tomlinson four each. Tomlinson had three blocks and Daniels had two. Lovitt and Hoesing each added an ace block a piece. Vinton had 11 digs, Wright and Tomlinson seven digs while Ginkens and Gracey added five each. Hailey Storer and Cassidy Daly both did a great job coming in off the bench at various times throughout the day to give the Broncos a spark or a needed break. “We were tired by the match-up against Brady but we held our composure and handled the pressure,” coach Belinda Coble said. “We played an over-all solid day of volleyball and came out on top. We could see Brady again in conference play and are matched up Saturday in the 4-Corners tournament against SMC. Every time you play a team it gets harder to get the ‘W’.” Mullen is now 11-5 after suffering a 3-1 loss against North Platte St.Patricks Sept. 25. Their next contest