North Platte volleyball dominates Hamilton for 1st KCI win of season

A dominant opening set helped North Platte win a KCI Conference match Thursday, Sept. 15 at North Platte High School in Dearborn, Mo.

The two-time defending league champions have struggled in a rebuilding year but dominated Hamilton in a 25-15, 25-23 victory. Kelsey Reynolds posted eight kills and two blocks, while senior setter Lauren Payne — the only player on the roster with varsity experience prior to this season — dished out 13 assists.

Hollee Webb and Frankie Davis led the defense with three digs apiece.

North Platte, winners in two of the past three, improved to 3-14-1 overall and 1-1 in KCI play. The Panthers are scheduled to play at Lawson on Thursday, Sept. 22.

West Platte 2, Lathrop 0

The Bluejays improved to 2-0 in KCI play with a 25-13, 25-13 sweep at home Thursday, Sept. 15. They were scheduled to play in nonconference action Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Lone Jack, but the result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.

With an 8-4-1 record going into that matchup, West Platte has yet to lose a set in league play heading into Thursday’s meeting with Mid-Buchanan. Jordan Schultz finished with a team-high six kills, while Ciara Davies added two blocks in a limited statistical night vs. Lathrop.

“This was a big conference win for us, and I’m extremely proud of the girls for their effort,” West Platte coach Amber Guthrie said. “We started out a little slow in set two and ended up falling behind early on, but the girls really rallied together and were able to finish out the match strong.”

West Platte 2, Nodaway-Holt 0

The Bluejays picked up an easy nonconference win Tuesday, Sept. 13 in Weston, Mo. behind six kills for Schultz and three apiece for Davies, Daire Stelljes and Nealie Niemeier. Schultz and Neimeier also had three service aces apiece in the 25-14, 25-18 victory.