’Cats place third at Lakota Nation

By Jacy Glazier

The Custer Wildcat volleyball team won third place at the Lakota Nation Invitational last weekend in Rapid City. From left, back, are coach Jill Hohn, Torrie Murray, Shelby Gramkow, Tyrae Johnson, Kassidy Adam, Cassie Bawdon, Jamie Neugebauer, Mackenzie Miller, coach Miranda Jaure; middle, Leah Zacher, Kenzie Becker, Kaitlyn Spring; front, Renee Kirk, Goldie Whitaker, Taylor Heinrichs, Sydney Gaulke and Maya Schmidt.

In its Sept. 26 game against Hill City, the Custer High School volleyball team lost in five sets (20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 22-25 and 13-15).

Leah Zacher led the team with eight kills, and Renee Kirk was close behind with six. Kirk also led the ’Cats with 24 points while Torrie Murray had six blocks.

“This was a disappointing match for us. We really thought we had the match won in the fourth set, but we had difficulty moving our feet to get to the ball. As a coaching staff we have identified areas that need to be modified so we hope to see more success in the last half of the season,” said coach Jill Hohn.

That success came early as the girls traveled to Rapid City last weekend for the Lakota Nations Invitational where they finished in third place.

“We implemented some pretty drastic changes in our rotation and it really paid off. It really speaks to the talent and mindset of our team that we were able to make those last-minute changes and have the girls respond with success and positivity,” said Hohn of the win.

The Custer Wildcats had an overall tournament record of 8-1. The girls won against Little Wound, Red Cloud, St. Francis, McLaughlin, Tiospa Zina, Oelrichs and Standing Rock.

“We are very proud of the hard work that was put in throughout the weekend,” Hohn said.

This week, the girls will play Spearfish on Thursday, Oct. 5, and Pine Ridge on Saturday, Oct. 7 — both will be home games.