Keota to face rivalSeason, local bragging rights on the line against Sigourney
For a pair of rival schools separated by 15 miles meeting in the postseason — games don’t get bigger than this.
Keota travels to Sigourney for the opening round of the regional playoffs at 7 p.m., Tuesday.
“It is a fun rivalry; the kids know each other,” said Keota head coach Dan Stout. “With our two schools playing football together, we have some cheerleaders that go over there. Callie Greiner cheerleads. They hang out on the weekend.”
Both teams will need little incentive to knock off their neighboring school.
“Every year no matter what the sport is being played, they bring out the best in each other,” Stout said.
If the match looks anything like the last meeting, a 3-2 win by Sigourney, both teams are in for a postseason battle.
“We were up 2-1,” Stout said. “We know that we can beat them on their court. We got to come out and stay focused and stay on our task for what we got to do as a team.”
Sigourney won the first game by seven before Keota rallied off two wins by a combined 5 points. Sigourney closed the match with wins of 15 and 7 points.
Senior Kelsi Sieren and junior Madison Sheetz combined for 31 kills against Sigourney.
Sigourney junior Jordan Carter leads her team. In the last matchup she had 34 kills, 10 digs, five blocks and six aces, in a complete performance.
“They gave the ball to Jordan Carter quite a bit,” Stout said. “We talked about it last night and how we want to defend that. Maybe putting two blockers on her at one time. We want to get a lot of touches on the balls she hits. She is an extremely good hitter.”
Don’t expect Keota to put the clamps on this star hitter, but limiting her quality touches could be the key to advancing.
“She is an outstanding hitter,” Stout said. “They will send her to the back row and she will hit it. They send her a lot to the front row. We will put a lot of attention on her. We are not going to shut her down, but it will be harder for her to get easy hits.”
Keota’s best defense may be a hard-hitting offense making it difficult for Sigourney to run sets.
“We need to continue to hit the ball hard because they couldn’t run their offense quite as well when we did,” Stout said.