The Macksville Lady Stangs had a busy schedule in the CPL.
The Macksville Lady Stangs traveled to Kinsley last Saturday to participate in the CPL Volleyball Tournament, and played their first match in the Dome that morning.
As hosts for this year's tournament, there were Mustang helpers everywhere, collecting money for admission and handing out programs, covering the volleyball courts, working at the scorer's tables, preparing food for the hospitality room, and of course not forgetting the Macksville faithful in the stands cheering the Lady Stangs on, since the ones on the court weren't allowed to cheer.
In Pool B, the 5th seeded Lady Stangs defeated the 7th seeded Kinsley Coyotes 25-17, 20-25, 25- 13, lost to the 2nd seeded Victoria Knights 16-25, 12- 25. And in the second round lost to the 4th seeded Central Plains Oils 18- 25, 22-25 and to the 6th seeded St. John-Hudson Tigers 23-25, 22-25.
Earlier last Tuesday at Victoria, the Lady Stangs defeated the La Crosse Leopards 25-16, 25-11, and lost to Victoria 5-25, 20-25.
Against the Kinsley Coyotes in the first round of the CPL, except for the first volley and three early ties, the Lady Stangs led for the rest of the way, ahead between two to four points at first, then widened that to five to eight points. Macksville takes the first set 25-17.
This time it was the Lady Coyotes taking the lead over the Stangs for most of the second set. Behind by two to three points, the Stangs eventually tied things up at 20 all. The Coyotes grab the last five volleys and take the second set 20-25, forcing the deciding third set.
Macksville led all the way in the third set, easily defeating the Coyotes 25- 13. Macksville takes the match.
Going up against the strongest team in their pool, the Victoria Knights, the Lady Stangs were behind for most of the way, the Knights winning the first set 16-25.
The second set was close like the first set, but about a third of the way though, the Knights pulled away, and won the second set 12-25 and the match.
Even though the Lady Stangs lost their match against the Central Plains Oilers in the second round 18-25, 22-25, this most likely was the best the Lady Stangs have played all year. It turned out to be a battle of slams meeting slams, good line blocking on both sides, and good movement in the back court covering the floor.
The Stangs started out behind 0-3, and stayed behind by 1-3 points. Still the Macksville stayed in reach and kept knocking on the Oilers front door. The Lady Stangs lose the first set 18-25.
The slamming continued in the second set, along with seven ties.
The Oilers were once again ahead by 1-4 points. And the set was certainly in doubt. In the last few volleys, the score got to within two 22-24. The Oilers take the set 22-25 and the match.
In their last match of the day, the Lady Stangs lost a tough one to the St. John Lady Tigers 23-25, 22-25. Both matches were close, pitting the Lady Stangs with their fire power, versus the Lady Tigers finessing things and holding on for the open shot.