The North Platte Lady Bulldogs could never really get into system on Tuesday against Ogallala and they fell to the Indians 25-17, 22-25, 25-14, 25-13 at the Dawg House.
In the first set, Ogallala (9-3) jumped out to a 6-3 lead. North Platte (4-4) came within 10-9 on an ace by Allison Sawyer.
But the Bulldogs couldn’t tie or take the lead as the Lady Indians won four of the next five plays before expanding their lead.
The Lady Dawgs came out flat in the second set as well. Ogallala won five of the first six points after run served by Sidney Mell.
After that, NPHS started to show some life. They tied it at nine and took the lead at 11-10 after another ace served by Sawyer.
North Platte led as much as 21-15 after Allison Kuenle made a kill and an ace on consecutive plays.
The Indians rallied back and they came within 23-22. But the Lady Bulldogs won the next two plays to even the match.
But it was all Ogallala from the third set. NPHS just couldn’t capitalize on the momentum it created in the second.
The Lady Bulldogs were outplayed by the smaller Indians at the net. Their hits lacked power and were easily dug by Ogallala’s back row. On the other side, the Lady Indians were beating North Platte’s block consistently and they were able to find holes in the defense.
Ogallala got out to an 8-3 lead in the third set after a run in service by libero Shayna Shaw and the Indians never looked back as the gap kept growing wider and wider.
In the fourth set, both teams were pretty even for the first 10 points. But the Indians broke away again shortly thereafter before putting away the match and avenging their defeat to NPHS on opening day on Sept. 5.