Lady Indians split pair of county matches

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Gets past improving Bronson squad in back-to-back closely-fought sets

By Sean Arnold

The Chiefland volleyball team split a pair of intra-county meetings last week, defeating Bronson 3-1 at home before falling 3-0 to Williston on the road.

The Red Devils came on strong late again versus Chiefland to complete their regular season sweep over the Lady Indians, with set wins of 25-20, 25-12, 25-13 in the Sept. 7 match.

Chiefland will hope to avenge its losses in the district tournament, where they could once again face the senior-laden WMHS squad.

On Sept. 5, Chiefland and Bronson put on a thrilling back-and-forth pair of sets, as CMHS pulled out the 3-0 win, 25-15, 25-23, 25-23.

The Lady Indians have proven to be stronger at the start of matches, but have often struggled in late sets. CMHS was knotted up with the Lady Eagles 23-23 in the final set, before Jada Bell capped the match with a powerful kill on the winning point.

Chiefland improved to 2-3, while Bronson fell to 2-1 with its first loss.

Bronson head coach Shanno Dukes says she’s seen improvement from her squad since the preseason. The Lady Eagles welcomed back senior captain Taeya Mayes from an injury.

“We’ve had a lot of turmoil the first couple of weeks,” Dukes said. “Our senior captain sprained her ankle in the preseason match, so this was her first game back. We had a couple of kids miss practice for personal things, so the first couple of games we had some our heavy hitters sitting out and we kind of got in a hole.”

Dukes says her squad has well-rounded capabilities on the offensive and defensive side of the net. With just two seniors, it leans young.

“We’ve just got to get a few things together,” she said. “First and foremost — serves.”

Bronson is in District 1A-7 with Chiefland. The teams meet again on Sept. 21 in Bronson.

CMHS next faces Branford at home on Sept. 14, before playing host to Dixie County on Sept. 19. The JV matches start at 5 p.m., and varsity is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., or after the JV match.

Bronson is at Williston on Sept. 14, then at Branford on Sept. 18.