Lady Cougars Improve on Record


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

It was a busy week for the Northeast  Lady Cougars.  LDNE had seven matches and were able to win four of them.  They have a record of 9-13

Tuesday they journeyed to Wisner for a double triangular competition which put them up against Howells-Dodge and Madison.  The Lady Jaguars are a top ten team in D-1 with a 12-5 record and the Cougars took them to a third game before falling, 2-1.  Northeast out hit Howells-Dodge 38 to 31 in kills and had 7 ace serves to three for H-D.  Brianne Haskell had a match high 14 kills.

Madison with a 2-14 record was a tune up game before they  took on Howells-Dodge.  Northeast swept them 2-0.  Both setters,  Lexie and Mickayla had 11 set assists.

Thursday took the girls to Boys Town  where they beat the hosts in straight sets, 25-7 and 25-12.  They had 13 ace serves against the (6-12) Cowgirls.  Lexie Bacon had 5.

The main event was the contest against (15-4) Cedar Bluffs.  The Wildcats were rated in the top ten in D-1 and lead the Cougars’ sub-district in power points.  After losing the first set, the Cougars came back with a 25-17 win and finished them off 25-22.

“It was a great match up for us. We have had a lot of close games that have not ended in our favor. Cedar Bluffs is a good team and it was a great win for our girls,” said Coach Hathaway.  “We have a possibility to meet up again with Cedar Bluffs. We know we have the capabilities to win that game and it will be a battle. “

Saturday was the Clarkson Tournament.  The Cougars started the brackets against Clarkson/Leigh.  The second match of the season the (7-10)  Patriots took the Cougars to a five set match.  This time the Cougars won easily taking 25-9 and 25-22 wins.

In the semi-finals Northeast took on David City Aquinas.  The (7-7) Monarchs lost four of their first five matches.  They are six and three since then with two losses to rated teams. LDNE took the first game 25-21, but lost 25-18 and 25-19 in the next two.  Both Brianne Haskell and Kelly Wakeley had 9 kills.

Northeast finished in fourth place after losing to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 2-0.  The (13-6) Bulldogs have beaten Northeast twice this season with their tall front line.

Northeast has a road match at (2-19) Logan View and will host (10-10) Bancroft-Rosalie this  week.

“B-R is a good team. We are excited to play B-R because we are a fairly evenly matched team. It will be a good match for sure and I believe that defense will be the key to winning that game,” said the Coach.

Next week they will have their last home match when (15-3) North Bend Central come to Lyons.  The Tigers are rated in C-1.  It will be another tough match for the girls.  Coach Hathaway commented,  “I think our schedule helps us out quite a bit. We don’t play “easy” teams by any means. Our schedule is challenging which is what our program need in order to move forward. ”

The EHC tournament starts October 15 with the Cougars being seeded tenth in the sixteen team league.

Wisner Double Triangular

26-24  LDNE
25-23  H-D
25-22  H-D

Abby Peterson  15 digs
Brandi Simonsen  2 aces
Brianne Haskell  1 ace  14 kills  1 block  18 digs
Kelly Wakeley  9 kills  20 digs
Lexie Bacon   18 set assists  13 digs
Madie Ronnfeldt  2 aces  5 kills  1 block  4 digs
Mickayla Petersen  1 ace   4 kills  2 blocks  12 set assists  9 digs
Sophia Henneman  1 ace   1 dig
Tessie Collins  6 kills  1 dig

25-20  LDNE
25-14  LDNE

Abby Peterson  17 digs
Brandi Simonsen  1 dig
Brianne Haskell  1 ace  8 kills  8 digs
Kelly Wakeley  1 ace   5 kills  14digs
Lexie Bacon 1 kill  11 set assists  2 digs
Libby Henneman  1 set assist  2  digs
Madie Ronnfeldt   4 kills  1 block  1 dig
Mickayla Petersen  12 aces   2 kills   11 set assists  3 digs
Tessie Collins  4 kills   1 set assist  1 dig

Boys Town Double Triangular

25-18  CB
25-17  LDNE
25-22  LDNE

Abby Peterson  21 digs
Brandi Simonsen  3 digs
Brianne Haskell     5 kills   14 digs
Kelly Wakeley  1 ace  10 kills  18 digs
Lexie Bacon   18 set assists  16 digs
Madie Ronnfeldt    6 kills  3 blocks  2 digs
Mickayla Petersen   5 kills  3 blocks  12 set assists  9 digs
Sophia Henneman  2 digs
Tessie Collins  6 kills  1 block  3 digs

25-7    LDNE
25-12  LDNE

Abby Peterson  3 digs
Brandi Simonsen  1 ace  3 digs
Brianne Haskell  3 aces  3 kills  7 digs
Kelly Wakeley  1 ace   4 kills  8 digs
Lexie Bacon  5 aces  2 kills 10 set assists  4 digs
Madie Ronnfeldt  3 kills  1 block
Mickayla Petersen     1 kill  1 block  6 set assists  1 dig
Sophia Henneman  2 ace s  2 dig
Tessie Collins  5 kills  2 blocks   1 set assist

Clarkson Tournament

25-9    LDNE
25-22  LDNE

Abby Peterson  11 digs
Brandi Simonsen   2 digs
Brianne Haskell  4 kills  1 block  10 digs
Kelly Wakeley  1 ace   6 kills  4 digs
Lexie Bacon  3 aces  7 set assists  3 digs
Madie Ronnfeldt  3 kills  4 blocks  1 dig
Mickayla Petersen  2 kills  2 blocks 8 set assists  4 digs
Tessie Collins  2 kills  2 blocks

25-21  DCA
25-18  LDNE
25-19  DCA

Abby Peterson  1 set assist 18 digs
Brandi Simonsen   3 digs
Brianne Haskell   9 kills  12 digs
Kelly Wakeley  1 ace   9 kills  20 digs
Lexie Bacon  1 ace  1 kill  18 set assists  6 digs
Madie Ronnfeldt  3 kills  2 block  s  6 digs
Mickayla Petersen  7 kills 11 set assists  9 digs
Sophia Henneman  2 digs
Tessie Collins  4 kills  1 block   1 dig

25-20  HLHF
25-20  HLHF

Abby Peterson  8 digs
Brianne Haskell   1 ace  8 kills  9 digs
Kelly Wakeley  1 ace   6 kills  9 digs
Lexie Bacon  13 set assists  3 digs
Madie Ronnfeldt  3 kills  1 block   1 digs
Mickayla Petersen  2 kills  5 set assists
Sophia Henneman  1 dig
Tessie Collins  2 kills  1 block   1 dig

About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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