Lady Eagles Take State…Fair
On Saturday, August 26th, the Nebraska Christian Lady Eagles volleyball team competed in preseason matches at the Bill Marshal Volleyball Classic at the Nebraska State Fair. This was a unique opportunity for the volleyball team, considering playing at the Bill Marshal Volleyball Classic requires an invitation presented to hand-selected high school and collegiate teams.
The Nebraska Christian volleyball team was scheduled to play Kearney Catholic and Columbus Lakeview. Starting off the morning strong, the Lady Eagles quickly found their rhythm and easily defeated Kearney Catholic in a 25-15 set. Coming back just as strong in the second set, the Lady Eagles finished them off in a 25-20 set, resulting in an overall win against Kearney Catholic. Next up to the net was Columbus Lakeview. The Lady Eagles, still thriving off the energy from the previous Kearney Catholic game, conquered Columbus Lakeview with a win margin of 13 points in a 25-12 set. In a more disappointing second set, the Eagles started out slowly but made a halfhearted comeback. However, this comeback was not quite enough to pull out the win against Columbus, resulting in a tie ball game between the Nebraska Christian Lady Eagles and Columbus Lakeview.
After the volleyball festivities concluded for the morning, the entire team was provided with wristbands allowing them to ride all the carnival rides at the fair for free. What better team bonding time than screaming at the top of your lungs on carnival rides? As sophomore Grace Langemeier said, “I was really able to connect with the girls on a more personal level as we were flying through the air, screaming and laughing until our stomachs hurt!”
Feet sore from standing in line and stomachs still spinning from the rides, the volleyball team headed back into the main volleyball gym to watch Hastings College play. Watching a collegiate team play resulted in a good learning experience for the girls.
Of the day’s experience, junior Carsyn Ostrand said, “It was a memorable experience to play in such a nice facility with great competition!” Overall, the Nebraska Christian Lady Eagles volleyball team had a successful and fun-filled day at the Nebraska State Fair.