(This article has been updated to correctly reflect the Indians want to have a top 4 RPI by the end of the season in regards to pool play in the state tournament, not regional, as incorrectly written in the Pioneer’s print edition.)

Believe it or not, it is already time for the stretch run of the regular season for the Yuma High School volleyball team.

The Indians received a well-deserved break after winning in straight sets at Wiggins, last Tuesday, October 3. They will return to the court Friday at Holyoke for a key showdown in the Lower Platte Activities Association.

Coach Jenny Noble said the staff tried to keep things fresh during the long break by having different styles of practice last week, then giving the Indians a day off Friday.

“Hopefully we can get back into it this week and just keep getting better,” she said.

Avery Whitehead goes for the kill at Wiggins on October 3. (Dave Gustafson)

Yuma currently is 14-1 overall, 5-0 in the LPAA. The Indians had moved back into No. 1 in the Class 2A RPI as of earlier this week, and remain top-ranked in the 2A Top 10 polls (CHSAANow.com and Colorado Preps.)

Noble said it might be tough for the Tribe to finish the regular season No. 1 in the RPI, even if it wins all of its remaining games, but the goal is to at least finish in the top four. If the Indians are fortunate enough to advance all the way to the state tournament, a top four seed is key as those four teams play both of their pool play matches on Friday.

“We just need to keep winning,” Noble said. “We want to win out so our winning percentage can be the best possible.”

Holyoke entered this week 10-4 overall and 4-0 in the LPAA. Haxtun entered this week 4-1 in league play, 12-3 overall, Wiggins 3-2 and 13-3, Merino 3-3 and 8-7, Wray 2-4 and 6-9, Caliche 1-4 and 4-11, Akron 1-4 and 4-13 and Sedgwick County 0-6 and 3-12. Caliche will drop down to 1A for the postseason, but everyone else will comprise the District 2 Tournament field later this month.

A victory at Holyoke on Friday obviously would go a long way toward the Indians claiming their fourth consecutive LPAA title.

The Indians will have a quick turnaround after Friday’s game as they will host Akron on Saturday at approximately 3 p.m. in another LPAA contest. They will wrap up the league season Tuesday at Caliche, and host Sterling in the regular season finale on October 17.

The district tournament is only two weeks away.

“Then the fun starts,” Noble said.

Wiggins match

The Wiggins Tigers hosted the Indians on October 3, looking for the upset and chance to move into a tie for first place in the LPAA.

However, the Indians were having none of that as they cruised to a clean sweep, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-14.

Cody Robinson goes up for a hit attempt at Wiggins on October 3. (Dave Gustafson)

“I thought Wiggins was our best match start to finish,” Noble said. “We didn’t give up a long series of points like we have been doing…We’ve been focusing on the next play and that seems to be helping a lot.”

Cody Robinson led the net attack with 16 kills, while Chasey Blach had 14, Avery Whitehead four, Taylor Hansen and Kenedy Roth two each, and Reagan Nolin one. Roth had 32 setting assists, Nolin three, Robinson two and Hansen one. Robinson was 22-23 serving with four aces, Nolin 12-12, Ryal 13-15 with one ace, Roth 9-10 with one ace, Blach 8-9 with one ace, and Whitehead 4-5. Blach was in on four blocks, Hansen and Roth two each, and Whitehead and Nolin one each. Nolin, Rayl and Robinson led in digs.