Volleyball season comes to a close

Nathan Steele

The Custer Wildcat volleyball team played Rapid City Christian in its region semifinal game last Thursday at Hart Ranch. The girls won the first set, but then lost the next three, ending the game and the volleyball season for the ’Cats (32-30, 14-25, 13-25, 20-25).
“We knew that RCC is a great team and that we would be up for a challenge. They have a quick offense and aggressive hitters,” said head coach Jill Hohn.
Going into the match, the team worked on a variety of things, showing positive results in their first set.
“We played very well the first set.  We worked on our blocking and hitting around blocks and the team executed this very well.  We also focused on serve receive and defensive placement. The team did very well in all these categories,” said Hohn.
In the end, however, the powerhouse RCC team proved to much for the team to handle.
“RCC made some adjustments, and they executed their offense much more quickly. It took us a while for us to make the changes we needed to and we lost our confidence during the second and the third sets,” Hohn said. “We were more aggressive in the fourth set and did some really good things offensively and defensively.”
Now that the season has come to end, Hohn says she is happy with how it went, through all the ups and downs.
“We definitely had our ups and down this year. We started out strong and were able to end on a strong point as well. There are things we would change about the season but we are very proud of this team and the players on it,” she said.
Hohn is also hopeful and excited for next year’s volleyball season.
“Next year is looking to be a strong year. We had a lot of varsity players returning and a lot of starters. We also have a lot of talent on all levels that we are excited about,” said Hohn.

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