Yuma volleyball back home with .500 record

Yuma High School’s volleyball team gets another home match on Friday.
The former Indians will host the Brush Beetdiggers, with the varsity playing at approximately 6 p.m. They are 3-3 after winning 3-0 at Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, last Friday, followed by a tough loss to Chase County in Imperial, Nebraska, Tuesday.
Yuma will open Lower Platte play next Thursday at home against Akron.

“Brush will be good. They’ve played some tough teams,” coach Jamie Robinson said. “I’m glad we get to play them at home. We will get more busy for sure and not have so many days to practice.”
Yuma’s varsity started out a bit sluggish last Friday by the pine tree covered hills on the Nebraska-Wyoming border. The Hornets came out slinging, and the student section was in full voice as Yuma found itself trailing 12-6. Yuma scored six of the next seven points to get within 13-12, only to see the Hornets pull ahead 19-16.
Yuma kept battling, though, and scored the sets final six points for a 25-21 win,.
Now settled in, Yuma scored the first five points in the second set, and led 11-4 when Pine Bluffs called a timeout. It did little to slow Yuma, which cruised to a 25-13 win.
The third set found Yuma trailing again, 5-2 and 12-8, but kept plugging away and finally tied the score at 17, then went on from there for the 25-20 win, and get out of Wyoming with the win.
“No idea on the slow start; hot bus ride and a lots of sitting?,” Robinson wondered. “Who knows, but we need to get better about that.”
Caddis Robinson had eight kills, Lauren Gonzales six, Jailyn Mekelburg five, Alina Moran four, emma Rayl two and Bailey Nighswonger one. Rayl had 10 setting assists, Nighswonger five, Robinson four, Gonzales two, and Mekelburg one. Rayl was 17-18 serving with four aces, Moran 12-13 with two aces, Mekelburg 11-13 with two aces, Robinson 10-11 with one ace, Gonzales 7-7, and Nighswonger 4-5.
“I just keep trying to do some little tweaks here and there and see what happens,” Robinson said. “We still need to get in better shape and continue to try and improve on fundamentals as well.”