Kayla Lee

Kayla Lee dives to keep the ball in play for Kearney Catholic during the Stars 3-1 loss to Centura Thursday evening at  at Centura High School.

CAIRO — Once Centura got started, it couldn’t be stopped.

The Centurions (6-4), who earned their first win over Kearney Catholic in 10 years last year, pushed their win streak to two in a row as they defeated the Stars 25-22, 26-28, 25-19, 25-16.

“We just talked in the locker room about trying to really zero in and reduce unforced errors,” Kearney Catholic coach Kris Conner said. “We’re just trying to find that inner fight. Trying to make sure we’re zeroed in on the game.

“It just seemed like we dug ourselves a hole in quite a few sets. ... It wasn’t necessarily one rotation ... Our block really struggled tonight against their outside hitters. We got better as the night went on.”

The inner fight Conner mentioned showed up in the second set.

Trailing 20-10, the Stars (4-2) came storming back as they finished the match on 18-6 run.

The run was punctuated by Julia McReynolds. McReynolds had the kill which tied the set and back-to-back aces that won set.

“That was good for us, that was a good confidence builder,” Conner said. “Last year we lost so many close ones. These girls have it in them, we just have to get them a little more controlled, especially on our attacks. At times we played really well.”

One of the biggest weapons for the Centurions, was their deadly serve.

“They served bullets at us, especially in the first few sets,” Conner said. “I kept thinking that this can’t last forever, but they made it last quite awhile. We struggled with serve receive. Not that they got a lot aces, they got us out of system.”

The Stars are back in action at 1 p.m. today when they travel to Gothenburg to play in the Harvest Festival Invitational. The Stars face Minden in their first match.

“If we can clean up our game and get little more aggressively on the serve line ... We have to learn when we can swing away and when we can just place a shot,” Conner said. “We tend to be over aggressive at the net. We make too many errors. ... We’ve just got to clean it up.”


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