The Gering volleyball team overcame a third-set defeat to down the Alliance Bulldogs in four to advance to the Class B-8 Sub-district final in Sidney on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Gering had the momentum after winning the first two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-20.
Alliance rallied in the third set to down Gering 25-13.
“We had a couple hitting errors and lost momentum,” Gering coach Amanda Cochran said. “They played really consistent on their side. It was a mix of a whole bunch of things that went against us.”
Gering would take back the momentum in the fourth. Gering won the fourth set 25-23 to advance to the sub-district final.
“We had to play very well to come away with the win,” Cochran said. “Alliance played very consistent and solid on their side of the net. We absolutely had to play well to come away with the W.
“They played mentally tough all night long and stayed in it. We had a rough third set. Other than that, we played really hard and really smart the whole match.”
Sidney defeated Scottsbluff in three sets to reach the district final against Gering. Sidney won 25-10, 25-11 and 25-20.
Cochran said it will be a challenge facing Sidney on its homecourt, but she said they should have plenty of fan support.
“Our fans are awesome. They travel really well. We have great parent support. Our cheerleaders were there. We were thankful for all of the people who support our kids in their activities,” she said.
Cochran said they are now coming up with a game plan for the sub-district final.
“We’re going to sit down as a coaching staff and, we’ve been talking on the way home (from Sidney) about what we’re going to focus on. We know we need to come out and have aggressive attacking,” she said.