Friday, June 22, 2018
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Volleyball team puts up a fight against Southwest

Loss sends Swedes to 5-15 on the year.

Gothenburg’s girls found themselves in a dog fight with state-ranked Southwest Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Swedes, though, Southwest had a little bit more bite as the Roughriders defeated Gothenburg 20-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-12.

“I thought we definitely played better than the first time,” said coach Becky Costello of the rematch from early in the year. “We’re improving as the season goes along and that’s what we want.”

Gothenburg came out strong in the first set and took control. The Swedes got ahead of Southwest 17-10 and kept hammering at the Roughriders until they put the set away.

“We moved the ball around,” Costello said. “We were attacking and serving aggressively and were able to stay on top of things.”

The second set of the head-to-head match was a see-saw affair.

The score was tied at 8-8 and again at 12-12 before Southwest got the edge.

“It’s the same thing we’ve battled all season,” Costello said. “We don’t have the consistency to maintain that aggressive play and then we get behind.”

The Swedes trailed 20-15 before making a comeback and closing the gap to two points at 23-21.

“I felt like we were gaining the momentum back and then we let it get away,” Costello said.

In the third and fourth sets, Gothenburg was not as aggressive serving as the girls had been to begin with.

“We got a little soft serving and then we couldn’t take Southwest out of what they wanted to do offensively,” the coach said.

The Roughriders, ranked No. 3 in Class C-2 by the Omaha World-Herald, got on top 9-7 early in the third set and pushed the gap wider over the remainder of the game.

Then errors began to stack up for the Swedes.

Southwest pushed ahead 8-3 to start the fourth set.

“Our serve receive broke down and we let one

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