It was a battle for volleyball bragging rights on Highway 103 Oct. 5 when Wilber-Clatonia hosted Tri County.
In a five-set marathon, Wilber-Clatonia came out on top 21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 17-25, 17-15.
Tri County Coach Kim Roberts said the Trojans committed too many errors in the match. TCHS had to make some adjustments, as well, because its starting setter was out sick, she said.
Morgan Stokebrand paced the Trojans with 16 kills in the match, and Ella Clark added 10. Jera Schuerman put down 14 kills for the Wolverines, and Aspen Oliver and Haley Spilker had eight each.
Tri County served 12 aces, led by seven from Clark. Wilber-Clatonia recorded six aces, with two each by Lizzie Martinez and Kiley Kotas.
On defense, three Trojans recorded double digits in digs – Clark with 20 and Stokebrand and Karli Scherling with 19 each. Carly Rains picked up 34 digs for WCHS, with Martinez adding 19, Kotas 18, Amy Kozak 17 and Schuerman 13.
Tri County came back Oct. 7 to host Freeman and lost in five again, 20-25, 15-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-5.
“We played lights out,” Roberts said.
Clark finished with 12 kills and 15 digs, and Stokebrand added 11 kills, with Scherling picking up 13 digs.
Tri County was at Falls City Oct. 9 for a tournament and came up short in all three matches, losing to Falls City 25-11, 25-14, Sterling 25-17, 25-14 and Pawnee City 25-23, 25-23.
Roberts said her team wasn’t awake yet when it took the court against Falls City. The FCHS block was one of the better blocks the Trojans have seen, she said.
Against Sterling, TC couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm and had just seven kills in the match.
The Pawnee City match was one the Trojans should have won, Roberts said.
Tri County (8-16) started Pioneer Conference play Oct. 11 with a 25-14, 25-11 win over Lewiston and then lost to Falls City Sacred Heart 25-16, 25-11.