North Platte St. Pat's defeated Sutherland and Hershey on Saturday in both of its matches at the North Platte Community College Invite.The Lady Irish, the No. 4-ranked team in Class C2 and undefeated at 10-0, defeated Sutherland 25-14, 25-18, 20-25, 25-14 in its first match of the day.
St. Pat's coach Shelly Byrn said that she liked how her team fared against the Sailors (5-4).
"I think we played really well against Sutherland," said Byrn.
The Irish were also challenged in its second win by fellow South Platte Valley Association rival Hershey. They defeated the Panthers 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-15.
Hershey (4-4) stunned St. Pat's in the first set and the Lady Irish still didn't look very sharp in winning the second set.
The Lady Panthers then got out to a 7-2 lead in the third set after back-to-back ace serves by Maegan Hiatt.
Hershey had a steady 3-4 point lead until Brook Boucher got the serve with St. Pat's down 19-15.
Brittany Lawrence made a kill for the first point and then Hiatt hit the ball out of bounds to cut it to 19-17.
Then Boucher served for an ace to bring the margin to one and then Brooke Munsen hit the ball out, to tie the score.
The Irish then took the lead when Boucher got another ace off the tape of the net. Lawrence then followed with another kill to make it 21-19, St. Pat's.
Boucher's run ended when she served the ball into the net. Both teams traded points until Bree Saner made a block on Daynlee Miller to give the Lady Irish setpoint at 24-22.
Brooke Frederick made a kill on the left side to bring the Panthers to within one point. But on the next play, Frederick hit the ball off the antenna and the Irish stole the third set.
In the fourth set, St. Pat's scored the first four points with Boucher serving and the Lady Irish never looked back to win the match.
It wasn't a pretty effort but Byrn was pleased with how St. Pat's fought off Hershey.
"Against Hershey, we were flat but I am proud of how they worked together and came away with the win," Byrn said. "Brook got us going and I thought we served the ball pretty well today. We also had good serve-receive against Sutherland but against Hershey, it was flat. We were kind of tired, this was our fifth match of the week.
Hershey coach Amy Beyer said the Panthers played much better against St. Pat's as opposed to its match against Sutherland earlier in the day.
The Lady Sailors swept Hershey 25-16, 25-12, 26-24.
"I feel like we didn't play very well against Sutherland," said Beyer. "Not to take anything away from them but we just didn't play the way we needed against them. I felt a little better about how we played against St. Pat's. We passed the ball much better. But we're inconsistent and we need to recognize the things we do well and get better at them."
Sam Kennedy had 31 kills, 8 blocks and 26 digs for Sutherland in the two games. Joli Hopping had 62 assists.