Bulldogs sweep Bearcats to even record

The Gering volleyball team swept Scottsbluff on Thursday at Gering High School.

Eli Winkler pounded down 11 kills to lead the Gering volleyball team to a 25-14, 25-14, 25-17 sweep over Scottsbluff on Thursday evening at Gering High School.

Gering head coach Amanda Cochran said it was a win the team needed to move back to .500 on the season at 14-14 as the Bulldogs prepare for the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday in Scottsbluff.

“We played pretty good. We wanted to get back on a winning streak and play good volleyball,” Cochran said. “It was very important [for us to play well tonight to get ready for GNAC]. We wanted to turn it around because we struggled a little bit in the back row the last couple of weeks, so it was a good thing to get that turned around.”

In addition to Winkler’s team-high kill total, Olivia Schaub and Jenna Balthazor supplied eight kills each. The Bulldogs also received four kills from Emily Harrison, while Jasmine Johnson tallied three kills.

The Gering defense also shined throughout the match. Zoee Smith led the way with 17 digs followed by 10 from Macey Boggs.

Boggs led the Bulldogs with 22 assists from her setter’s spot. She also served a team-high four aces.

The Bearcats were led in hitting by Makenzie Dunkel with nine kills. The senior also finished with five digs, two aces and a solo block.

Gracee Michael finished the match with nine assists, two kills, six digs, and an ace serve.

Defensively, the Bearcats were led by Shelby Bewley with 19 digs. Emma Foote followed with 11.

Also for the Bearcats, Jade Walker had two digs, two solo blocks, and a kill, Salome Becker had three digs and a kill, and Emma Herman had a kill.

Scottsbluff and Gering will tangle for the sixth time this season in pool play of the GNAC tournament at 9 a.m. at Scottsbluff High School. Columbus will join the Bulldogs and Bearcats in the pool.

The other pool will include North Platte, McCook and Hastings.