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HHS volleyball starts season 2-0

9/3/2014

By AUSTIN COLBERT

By AUSTIN COLBERT

acolbert@dailynews.net

It wasn't intentional, but Hays High School volleyball coach Christin Nunnery threw a curve ball at her team Tuesday against Larned in their first match of the season.

"First set I forgot to check libero, so my libero couldn't play, who is probably one of the more important roles on our team," Nunnery said. "So it kind of flustered our girls a little bit, which was my fault. But they came through and played anyway."

Even with junior libero Albany Schaffer forced to ride the bench during the first set against Larned, the Indians were able to cruise to a 25-15 set win and followed with a 25-13 second set win to earn the easy 2-0 victory.

It was part of Tuesday's triangular at the HHS gym, which ended with Hays High pulling the sweep by beating La Crosse, 2-0 (25-20, 25-17). La Crosse beat Larned 2-0 in their match.

"We are used to having Albany back there all the time, being that vocal leader, and it kind of gave us a chance to work with it and kind of step up," HHS junior Kylie Brown said of the first set against Larned. "It was good to have her back in the second set."

Brown was key down the stretch against Larned as the Indians strung point after point together with her serving and senior Ashlyn Parrish taking care of anything else around the net.

The match ended with a service ace by junior Audra Schmeidler.

"For Audra Schmeidler to get a service ace, that's huge, because usually, at game point, it scares her a little bit," Nunnery said. "I don't feel like we hit like we had in practice. I'm still kind of waiting for that. But we saw a little more of it in that second set. Good things to come. Just maybe got the nerves out of the way the first game."

With their second match sweep of La Crosse, Hays High will take its 2-0 record to Goodland's quad on Tuesday. It's a strong start for a team coming off a 12-23 season, one that also has high expectations for this season.

"It felt good. We started the season off with a win and we are hoping to get a lot more," Brown said. "It's our year. We have a lot of potential. A lot of upperclassmen and we just want to be as good as we can."