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Nellie Long's Lady Thorpes looking to do serious damage a Lakota Nation


Lady Thorpes look DANGEROUS heading into Lakota Nation
Sep 28, 2017

By Rich Winter

Well, we are less than 24-hours away from the start of the Lakota Nation Invitational. Very excited to see and hear about the volleyball results as they come in over the next three days. 

 

Last year Custer emerged as the champion and then used the momentum of LNI to go all the way through an undefeated season. 

 

Well, Custer lost a lot and they enter the tournament with a 4-8 record. That said, don't count out the Wildcats as they always play a tough schedule and come into this tournament well prepped for another run. 

 

The Wildcats are in pool A...

Custer, Standing Rock, Oelrich's, Tiospa Zina, St. Francis Indian, Red Cloud and Little Wound. 

 

Pool B, well, this could be a dog fight. Todd County, Pine Ridge, CEB, red-hot Crow Creek, Hill City, Crazy Horse, White River and Lower Brule. 

 

Pool A records coming in:            Pool B records coming in

Custer - 4-8 Todd County - 3-9

Stading Rock (Not sure) Pine Ridge - 7-3

Oelrich's - 2-3 CEB - 2-9

Tiospa Zina 2-8 Crow Creek - 5-6

St. Francis - 2-9 Crazy Horse - 0-5

Red Cloud - 6-6  Hill City - 6-11

McLaughlin - 0-15 White River - 1-14

Little Wound - 3-5 Lower Brule - 5-3

 

Sleeper team - White River - Listen, this might seem like a bit of a homer pick but I'll tell ya, I watched a good share of that match with White River at Gregory on Tuesday, and I'll tell ya, White River battled a 9-7 Gregory team eventually losing in four TUFF sets.

(22-25) (25-14) (21-25) (23-25) - Vs. Gregory

Expect the Tigers to do well in pool play and this team could be a sleeper coming out of the pool.

 

Tournament favorite: Pine Ridge

Ridge has a tough pre-LNI test today as they take on St. Thomas More. Nellie Long's crew is 7-3 on the season and after losing two in a season opening tournament, the Thorpes have beaten all comers except for a road-loss to a pretty good Kadoka squad. 

Aug 25 3:00 p.m. MT Lead-Deadwood Custer (25-16) (20-25) (15-25) L 39 13-4
Aug 25 1:00 p.m. MT Moorcroft, WY Custer (15-25) (20-25) L 36 5-5
Aug 26 10:00 AM MT Hill City Custer (26-24) (25-15) W 44 6-11
Aug 26 2:00 p.m. MT Newell Custer (25-14) (25-11) W 41 1-10
Aug 31 6:00 p.m. CT St. Francis Indian St. Francis (25-21) (25-16) (25-21) W 41 2-9

Sep

07

4:30 p.m. MT Todd County Pine Ridge (25-19) (25-15) (24-26) (25-20) W 44 3-9
Sep 12 4:30 p.m. MT Little Wound Pine Ridge (20-25) (25-17) (25-7) (25-20) W 44 3-5
Sep 21 5:00 p.m. CT White River White River (27-25) (25-9) (25-15) W 41 1-14
Sep 21 5:00 p.m. CT Kadoka Area White River (15-25) (18-25) (25-19) (21-25) L 39 10-3
Sep 23 2:00 p.m. MT Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Eagle Butte (25-19) (25-16) (23-25) (25-15) W 41 2-9


The Thorpes gained another competitive advantage this week with a transfer from St. Francis. Matilda Anderson gives coach Long's crew another good hitter and a solid all-around player. 

 

Pretty senior laden crew over there for Long with a roster filled with upper-classmen.

1 Sarah Hunter 5'5 OH 11
2 Jasmine Thompson 5'5 DS 12
3 Samantha Richard 5'8 MH 11
4 Dani Walking 5'4 S 12
5 Moriah Morrisette 5'6 OH 9
6 Duka Thompson 5'8 OH 11
7 Angel Walking  5'4 S 9
8 Ilyana Fills Pipe 5'8 MH 10
9 Matilda Anderson 5'8 OH 11
10 Tycara Crazy Thunder  5'8 MH 12
11 Jessie Jumping Eagle 5'8 OH 12
12 Taysha Big Crow 5'11 OH 10
  Stephanie Mesteth 5'2 S 10

Good luck to all the teams, fans and coaches...It is gonna be a heck of a next few days. 


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