Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Brady girls move to 18-2 on year

Brady volleyball coach Lynne Johnson left the gym in North Platte Thursday night wondering.

There were a couple of glitches during Brady’s match at St. Pat’s and Johnson couldn’t help but ponder the what ifs: Had senior middle hitter Megan Polt not twisted her ankle, would it have made a difference in the outcome? And had the lights in the gym not gone out from a blown breaker at the end of the third set after the momentum took a swing for the Eagles, could Brady have held on?

“It really doesn’t do us any good to wonder, though,” Johnson said. “We just have to take what we can from the game and move forward.”

The Eagles battled back and forth with the Irish but in the end, St. Pat’s took the victory 25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15.

“We haven’t really played enough tough teams to know how to start strong and stay strong,” Johnson said. “We got behind when we didn’t take care of the ball those first two sets and things just didn’t go our way.”

Polt came out of the game midway through the second set. Johnson said she tried to return after having her ankle taped but to no avail.

“Molly Hannon stepped in and did a really good job,” Johnson said. “There are just some things Megan does on the court that no one else does and I think that hurt us a little.”

Brady bounced back with aggressive serving in the third set but the delay due to darkness halted the streak.

“The girls didn’t feel particularly bad about the way they played,” Johnson said. “We know now we can’t wait to step up and play.”

After wins of 25-8, 25-8 over Medicine Valley and 25-20, 25-11 over Maywood on Oct. 4, the loss to St. Pat’s moved the Eagles to 16-2 on the season.

Brady then pounded Wauneta-Palisade 25-14, 25-12, 25-15 Friday night and beat Arthur County 25-13, 25-11, 25-16 Monday to move to 18-2.

The Eagles host Wallace in head-to-head action on Friday before hosting the Sandhills Conference tournament beginning Tuesday.

Brackets for the tournament will not be available until later this week.