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Facing a 0-2 deficit against Ainsworth, Neligh-Oakdale fought back to win 3-2 Monday night to advance to the subdistrict semifinals at O'Neill High School.
Coach Hannah Hoefer said that fight is indicative of what she's seen from her team all year.
"It was intense. They showed a lot of fight, a lot of passion," she said. "This team set a goal - to get through the first game of subdistricts. We went to the locker room, revamped and got a new goal."
Although that goal included advancing to the subdistrict final, the Warriors later fell 3-0 to Elgin Public Pope John later in the evening to end the volleyball season.
Throughout the night, Hoefer said she was excited to see the enthusiasm in her players, whether they were on the court or the bench.
"We have some good leaders. I can think of two of my seniors and how they celebrate. It's fun to watch them. They lead on the court with how to celebrate," she said.
Neligh-Oakdale ends its season with a 7-21 record.