Top-ranked Indians keep improving
Yuma High School’s volleyball team seems to improve with each match.
The top-ranked Indians are 6-0 overall after this past Tuesday night’s dominating win against Burlington in The Pit.
They swept past the Brush Beetdiggers, last Thursday night in Brush, and followed that up with a sweep of ninth-ranked Limon, Friday on the Badgers’ homecourt.
“We’re still relatively young in regards to varsity experience,” coach Jenny Noble said. “We’re still working over the nervousness of being in varsity matches. I can tell we’re getting more comfortable in that department. The older players are doing a good job with the younger players.”
Yuma has a busy schedule this season, as there are now 23 matches instead of 19 in the regular season. After Tuesday’s match with Burlington, the Indians are at Akron today, September 13, for a Lower Platte Activities Association match.
The Rams have turned it around nicely this season, entering the week with a 5-2 record and ranked No. 10 in this week’s 2A Top 10 (CHSAANow.com polls). The Rating Percentage Index also is live now, with Yuma currently sitting at No. 4.
The Indians then travel to University in Greeley on Saturday for a triangular with the host team and Roosevelt, both 3A schools. University is ranked No. 3 in the 3A Top 10, and Roosevelt recently had a dominating win over Sterling.
“It’s going to be good,” Noble said of Saturday. “We’ll kind of see how we stand up to the bigger classification teams.
The Indians will stay in the 3A ranks as they travel to Sterling on Tuesday for another non-league match.
Yuma never really experienced any hiccups during the win in Brush, last Thursday, winning 25-19, 25-19, 25-11.
The Indians displayed their multiple hitting options with six players recording at least two kills. Chasey Blach had 14 kills, Cody Robinson six, Taylor Hansen five, Elle Roth four, Ema Richardson three and Reagan Nolin two.
The serving was sharp with 10 aces included in the 93.2 serve percentage. Hansen had five aces while going 15-15 at the line. Nolin was 10-10, Roth 10-12 with one ace, Robinson 8-9 with one ace, Trinity Law 6-6 with one ace, Blach 7-9 with three aces, and Steph Sauer and Gisele Gutierrez both 1-1.
Nolin had 28 setting assists, Roth three and Blach two. Robinson led in digs with 15 and in serve receive by going 12-12. Nolin had 11 digs, and Blach was 8-9 in serve receive.
Noble noted the Indians still allowed the opposition to stay close in the early sets.
That was not the case Friday as Yuma rolled to a 25-10 win in the first set. However, it then was close after that as Yuma won the next two 25-21 and 25-19.
“We just need to put it together for three solid (sets),” Noble said.
Blach had 17 kills, Robinson 14, Hansen eight, Roth five and Richardson four. Nolin recorded 40 setting assists, and Richardson and Roth three each. Robinson was 22-22 in serve receive. Robinson, Trinity Law and Blach led in digs. Law was 15-16 serving with one ace, Hansen 14-14 with three aces, Robinson 12-13 with three aces, Blach 10-10 with one ace, Nolin 8-8, and Roth 8-10 with one ace.
The Indians returned to their home court this past Tuesday, and were thoroughly dominating in a 25-7, 25-5, 25-14 win. Noble emptied the bench early in the third set. Yuma recorded 19 serving aces while going 71-73 at the service line, and seven players had at least one kill.
Robinson was 31-31 serving with 12 aces, Hansen 13-13 with five aces, Richardson 10-11 with one ace, Lainey Mekelburg 5-5, Nolin 4-4 with one ace, Jayci Mekelburg 2-2, Blach 2-3, and Tania Morales 1-1. Blach had seven kills, Hansen seven, Robinson six, Richardson six, Roth four, and Sauer and Gutierrez one each.
Yuma’s all-around game just keeps getting sharper.
“I’m happy with serve receive,” Noble said. “We haven’t had many glaring mistakes. It just seems like when we do, it comes at a time (when it’s more noticeable).
“We just keep getting better,” she continued. “We just keep making sure we stay focused and keep improving on those basic things.”