DOUGLAS – The Southeast High School volleyball team opened the season with a 5-1 record.
The five wins were good enough for the Lady Cyclones to finish third at the Douglas Invite, which wrapped up play on Saturday.
Southeast opened the weekend with a 2-1 (25-11, 23-25, 19-17) victory over the Class 3A Douglas Lady Bearcats.
Juniors Brenna Herring and Sydney Anderson paced the Southeast attack with eight kills apiece in the win. Herring, along with sophomore Bailey Booth tallied two serving aces apiece.
Defensively, the Lady Cyclones recorded 10 blocks, including four from Herring and three from senior Grace Desmond. Anderson tallied a team-high 13 digs, while senior Jordan Stoddard added 11.
In the next round, Southeast defeated the Burns Lady Broncs 2-0 (25-19, 25-14).
Anderson led the team with five kills and four aces, while Stoddard added four kills. Herring recorded three blocks, while sophomore Sasha Haines had nine digs.
In the team’s final match on Friday, the Lady Cyclones defeated Big Horn 2-0 (25-18, 25-18).
Haines led the team with four kills, while Booth served up four aces. Herring tallied the team’s lone block, while Booth recorded 10 digs. Anderson had seven.
On Saturday, Southeast had a rematch with Burns, but the Lady Cyclones came out on top again 2-1 (22-25, 25-16, 16-14).
Herring led the team with seven kills, while Stoddard added six. As a team, Southeast had seven aces, including four from Herring and two from Stoddard. Desmond had the seventh. Anderson tallied a team-high three blocks, while Haines had 13 digs.
In the semifinal round, Southeast squared off against Big Horn, and this time, it was the Lady Rams handing Southeast its first loss of the season, 2-0 (25-19, 25-23).
Herring had five of the team’s 11 kills in the loss, while Stoddard tallied three aces. Desmond recorded the team’s only block, while Haines led the team with nine digs. Herring, Desmond and Anderson had six digs apiece.
The loss dropped Southeast to the third-place match against the Buffalo Lady Bison.
After dropping the first set 25-8, the Lady Cyclones stormed back to win the next two sets 25-17, 15-11 to secure the third-place finish.
Stoddard and Anderson led the team with five kills each, while Anderson added two blocks and a team-high 12 digs.
The Lady Cyclones travel to Kaycee on Saturday, Sept. 4. First serve is scheduled for noon.