They first met Christopher in the quarter final and the first game was all NCOE as they won with only 5 servers 25-10. But Christopher had other planes and fought back to win the second game 25-22. So the Cards went to a third game and won in exciting fashion 15-9.
“To get tot he top four is very special,”Coach Melton said. “We really wanted the girls to have this chance,” she added.
That win moved NCOE into the semifinals where they met Unity Point who had handed the Cards their only defeat. The team put up a good fight in the first game, but eventually fell 16-25. In the second game it was all Unity Point as they won 25-10.
“Our defense made a good effort but their outstanding hitter just kept us off pace,” Melton said.The Cards had to immediately regroup to face Lebanon in the third place game. The NCOE squad played hard but the wear and tear of the two previous matches made it difficult to maintain their offense and they fell in two 19-25, 20-25.
“The girls kept it close, but just couldn’t get a lead,” Melton said.
Natalie Wilson led the scoring for the day with 19 point. Curtlyn Hayes followed with 14. Emilee Bishop served 11 points with Baylee Sutton serving 8. Emily Cox had six, Halle Everett 5 and Haleigh Poole two.
Offensively, Everett and Bishop led with 15 kills each. Wilson had three as Brooke Sell recorded two and one each was added by Hayes and Sutton. Wilson ran the offense with 22 assists. Hayes had 5 with Bishop having 3 and Ever 2. Sell and Sutton had one each.
Defensively, Everett and Hayes had 18 digs each. Sutton and Bishop contributed 12 digs apiece with Sell having nine. Cox and Poole had four digs each and Wilson one. Everett had 4 direct blocks and Bishop one.
The day ended with NCOE finishing with a 19-3 record and fourth place in Class M.
“I was proud of these girls all season and how they represented NCOE. They played hard and were so coachable. It was an enjoyable year,” Coach Melton finished.
The team enjoyed the season more because of the great fan support they had all year. Sharing the year with each and their families made it special.
They again thank the Omaha and Norri city Fire Departments and the City Police for the escort into town Saturday afternoon. Thank you to Mr. Flecks and Mr. Reavis for their support throughout the season and Mr. Buchta for his help in getting the court ready for practice and games. Also a thank you goes to The Villagers’ Voice for their coverage all season and the wonderful double page after NCOE’s Regional win. And thanks for Paul Black for all the photographs.
This team represented NC and Booth Schools well, both on and off the court. They are fine student-athletes. Our communities are proud of them.