STROMSBURG — There were no medals, plaques or trophies, just pride at stake when Goldenrod Conference and Crossroads Conference stars faced off for bragging rights at Cross County High School Friday night.
In some cases, this would be the last time the girls would compete at the high school level and possibly the last time they would share a pitch with their friends and teammates before moving on to the next chapter of their lives.
The Goldenrod Conference women’s volleyball all-star team entered Friday night’s game already on the all-star circuit by winning last Friday’s all-star basketball game in Osceola, 59-48.
Many of the same girls who were part of that game came back to play volleyball on Friday night.
The game was dominated by the Goldenrod Conference who won the 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 sweep of the Crossroads Conference.
The teams actually played a fourth game and the CRC came back from 24-19, but the GRC won 26-24,
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The GRC was much more aggressive at the net as they hammered 39 team kills against 24 for the CRC.
In the first set, the teams traded points as both made a lot of mistakes and showed rust from not playing competitively for some time.
Goldenrod led 9-4 but CRC closed the gap and took the lead behind Exeter-Milligan’s Cameran Jansky who had four kills in the opening set and led CRC in the game with 10.
With CRC leading 21-20, GRC ran five straight. Two kills from Central Valley’s Vanessa Wood gave the GRC a 23-21 lead and they then closed out the win.
The Goldenrod Girls and CRC were deadlocked in the second set at 9-9 but the balance at the net with three kills from Jordan Plumbtree of Fullerton and three more from Olivia Macken the CRC took a 19 lead -15 and closed the set with a 6-3 Run for the win.
CRC came out strong in the third set and took a 5-3 lead, but CRC kept attacking and took the lead at 13-12 and never looked back.
They opened the lead at 18-14 and CRC never came close to four points at 23-19.
In addition to Jansky’s 10 decisive wins, BDS’ Mariah Sliva added eight. Cross County’s Chloe Sandell had four kills and two blocks. The only CRC ace was delivered by Jansky.
GRC was led by Nebraska Christian’s Tabitha Siep with nine kills, Wood finished with eight and Plumbtree added five.
GRC had four ace serves with Central Valley’s Dilynn Wood leading the team with two.