Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Longhorns Volleyball Breaks Into Win Column

It has been a slow start for Kimball’s Lady Longhorn Volleyball team, coming into last week without a win, and full slate of tough competitors ahead.

Coach Ferguson’s team started the week on the road against Bridgeport and Garden County, and dropped both matches without winning a set. The Lady Longhorns gave the undefeated Lady Bulldogs a tough final set, but were unable to close the set out for a victory.

Kimball’s fortunes fared no better against a strong Garden County team, falling in two sets 25-16 and 25-12. Junior Amy Birkhofer led the Kimball offense on the day with 7 kills over the two matches.

The Longhorns then hosted a Triangular on Thursday, and faced off against Potter-Dix and Mitchell.

Kimball gave the strong Mitchell team a good fight, but fell 25-21 and 25-14 in straight sets.

Against Potter-Dix, the Lady Longhorns dropped the first set 25-14, but regrouped and took the second 25-16. Potter-Dix’s big front line was too much for the Lady Longhorns to overcome, and the Lady Coyotes took the third set 25-15 for the 2-to-1 match victory. Junior Tianna Stierwalt and Birkhofer each had six kills in the loss against Potter-Dix.

Next up on Saturday was the Sheridan County Invite, and the Lady Longhorns had a long day battling four tough teams. They lost in straight sets to Crawford and Gordon-Rushville, and lost to Hay Springs 2-to-1 – but they able to push through and get their first match victory against the Hemingford Lady Bobcats, a 25-19, 25-8 straight set victory.

Kimball moves to 1-and-11 on the season and hosts the Sutherland Lady Sailors on Thursday.