Lady Vikings draw Home game for Rpac

Bertrand will be a host school for the first round of the RPAC tourney to begin next Monday, Oct. 21. The Vikings earned the second seed in the RPAC East Division with a 18-4 record. The top two teams in each division earn the right to host first round play. Southern Valley earned top seed honors with their 18-4 record and head-to-head win over the Vikings in regular season play. Maywood-Hayes Center (23-0) earned top honors in the West Division with Wauneta-Palisade (13-5) taking second seed.

The Vikings will play the opening game at 4:00 against Arapahoe, with Alma and Southwest playing in the second game at 5:30. The winners will play at 7:00. Teams winning the quarter final rounds will advance to the semi-finals in McCook at the MCC Events Center on Tuesday. The East Divisions will play the first game of the day at 3:00, followed by the West Division teams at 4:30. The consolation final will be played at 6:00 with the championship games scheduled for 7:30.

Viking’s Tourney to Showcase Top 10 Teams

Over the years, the Bertrand Invitational Volleyball Tournament has been host to some of the top class D volleyball match-ups in the state.  This year will be no different as the 2019 tournament will showcase 3 top 10 teams in class D. Pleasanton (13-1), currently ranked 2 in class D-1, Bertrand (10-3), ranked 8 in class-D-2, and Giltner (10-2) ranked as high as 7 in class D-2, along with Hitchcock County (10-5), will battle it out on Saturday, September 28 at the Bertrand High School gymnasium.

The Vikings are looking forward to the challenge.  “It will be a great opportunity for our girls to compete with the best teams in our class,” commented co-head coach Kevin Lavene. “It will allow us to see exactly how we measure-up.” Both Pleasanton and Giltner are loaded with experience and talent.  Pleasanton lost only 2 seniors from a very talented 2018 team, while Giltner is top heavy with senior leadership.  

The Vikings will look for consistency and leadership from junior setter Erin Boggs.  “Erin is extremely athletic and competitive,” said coach Lisa Mason. “She doesn’t always get statistical credit for all that she is able to do on the court.  She is a great setter; she makes a lot of things happen for us.” Boggs is averaging 23 sets per match this season. In addition to Boggs, the Vikings count on their senior libero Jada High for much of the defense and serving success as she leads the team in digs, serve receive, and ace serves. The only other senior on the squad, Jennica Dannehl also provides all around consistency in every aspect of the game.

Junior Aleya Hueftle and Sophomore Johanna Ford have become dominant players at the net for the Vikings, and according to coaches Mason and Lavene continue to get stronger and more dominant through the season. Together, they lead the hitting and blocking categories on the team. Rounding out the Viking line-up include junior Macie Steinbrink and sophomore Jordan Hilmer on the outside.  Junior Anna Pelton and freshman Sadie Maloley bring depth to the Vikings off the bench.

The Vikings will take on Giltner at 10:00 am in the East Gym while Pleasanton will match up with Hitchcock County in the West Gym. At 11:00, Bertrand will take on conference rival Hitchcock County in the East Gym, followed up by Pleasanton and Giltner at 12:00. Bertrand and Pleasanton will play at 1:00 in the East Gym while Glitner and Hitchcock County finish up the day in the West Gym.

Vikings Pull Out Wins at Franklin

 The Viking Volleyball team headed into last Tuesday night’s games at the Franklin Triangular hoping to add two more wins to their 8-3 record. They discovered that it would be a little more difficult to accomplish the task; however, they were able to squeeze out the wins to improve to 10-3 on the season.  In the first game of the night, the Vikings won in straight sets over the Flyers 25-20, 25-20. The Vikings took a strong lead in both sets, but allowed Franklin to come back before finishing each set. 

In the second match of the night, the Vikings took on Loomis.  Bertrand won easily in the first set, 25-16, but allowed the scrappy Wolves to fight back to win the second set 19-25.  The third set was a typical Bertrand/Loomis battle, going back and forth until the Vikings were finally able to take the lead in the final rotations of the match.  The Vikings were plagued with service errors and struggled with Loomis’ defense and shot selections. “Once Loomis gained confidence, they were difficult to stop,” said Coach Mason. “They played hard and did what they needed to do to keep us on our heels.” 

Aleya Hueftle emerged with a superior night contributing 16 kills and hitting over .400.  Johanna Ford ended the evening with 15 kills and a hitting percentage of .333. Hueftle also tallied 2 blocks. Jennica Dannehl also added 2 and Sadie Maloley and Johanna Ford added 1. Erin Boggs set up 52 assists on the night. Johanna Ford and Macie Steinbrink each contributed 2 ace serves. Jada High picked up 29 digs in the two games and Ford tallied 17.  

Pictures of Bertrand vs Loomis from Kearney Hub

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