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The Neligh-Oakdale volleyballers were on fire to start the night on Monday before cooling down and seeing their season come to an end.
The Warriors took part in the C2-8 subdistrict tournament in O’Neill.
Neligh-Oakdale started the night with a four-set win over second-seeded Ainsworth. The Warriors took down the Bulldogs 25-22, 20-25, 25-13, 25-23.
The Warriors edged out the Bulldogs in a hard fought first set before stumbling in the second set.
In the third set, Haley Kerkman served up 11 straight points for the Warriors, including three aces, to lead them to a victory.
In the fourth set, it took a thrilling comeback but Neligh-Oakdale pulled out the match win.
Amanda Dietz was unbeatable at the net, putting down a game-high 20 kills. Bailey Frey ended with six kills while Jaclynn Hixson and Shelby Pitzer each recorded four more. Kerkman added three, Kristen Snodgrass had one and Trinity Kurpgeweit had one.
Besides the three aces from Kerkman, the Warriors also got three aces from Snodgrass and two from Frey.
Defensively, Dietz led the way with four blocks. Snodgrass was active, bringing up 28 digs. Kerkman added 18 digs and Trinity Kurpgeweit was responsible for 16.
The win sent Neligh-Oakdale on to a match up with top-seeded Creighton.
The match was a challenging one for both squads, but the Bulldogs were able to come away with a straight-set win over Neligh-Oakdale 25-23, 25-20, 25-19.
Frey led the way for the Warriors with eight kills. Dietz and Hixson each put down seven more kills. Kurpgeweit had three kills, Kerkman had two and Snodgrass had another.
Frey also had another good game from the serving line, finishing with three aces. Pitzer and Snodgrass each added another ace for the Warriors.
Defensively, Dietz, Frey and Hixson each had four blocks. Snodgrass and Pitzer brought up 14 and 10 digs, respectively.