HTRS Remains Unbeaten After Five-Set Thriller with Lourdes Central Catholic

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. – Senior middle hitter Bre Reyes delivered an ace serve for the final point in the fifth set and the HTRS volleyball team remained unbeaten with a 3-2 win over Lourdes Central Catholic Tuesday night in Nebraska City.

Titans Head Coach Kara Engles said Reyes was getting a little frustrated, because the Knights’ middle was taking away a lot of her shots.

“She has to move that ball around a lot. She’s not always getting a clean shot every time, because she is only 5’6″. So, going up against that big hitter (Gina McGowen) was really hard for her, but I was really proud of the way she stayed with it. She made some plays in the back row and she came back with that strong serve at the end, so that was awesome.”

The Titans held on for a 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 25-27, 16-14 win to improve to 6-0. It was the second time in four days HTRS has beaten Lourdes. On Saturday, the Titans swept the Knights, 2-0, in the first round of the Weeping Water Tournament, eventually claiming the championship crown.

Dealing with a young team that includes only three seniors, Engles wasn’t sure how her new kids would react to a fifth set.

“It’s hard knowing where to go to. It’s hard finding out who gets the ball in those pressure situations like that and that’s tough for a setter who doesn’t have experience. It was also tough, too, because some of big hitters are sophomores.”

Setter Natalie Novak is a freshman and has never played the setter position before this season. She is filling in for the injured junior Grace Kanel, who tore her ACL and is out for the season.

Sophomore outside hitter Carissa Allen, expecting to be a big part of this year’s team, did not play during her freshman year, because of an injury.

HTRS will host their home tournament on Saturday, while Lourdes (2-4) will be at Freeman on Thursday.

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