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KEARNEY HIGH’S Claire Vanderbeek (6) attacks the ball over the top of Gretna defender Skylar McCune during the Kearney High Invitational on Saturday.

KEARNEY — Kearney High volleyball coach Jessica Day was pleased with her team’s performance Saturday in the third annual Kearney High Invitational.

The Bearcats (8-3) started the day off with wins over North Platte and Northwest before losing to Gretna in third match.

Kearney finished the tournament with a sweep of Aurora. The sweep assured the Bearcats would finish the tournament .500 for the first time its brief history.

“This has been a really great tournament these last three years and we’ve been 1-3 (in previous years),” Day said. “To flip that a little bit. ... We talk about one percent better every year. Certainly we were able to gain upon that.”

Leading the way for Kearney offensively were Alexis Mishou and Claire Vanderbeek.

Mishou finished the four matches with 23 total kills, while Mishou came away with 80 assists.

Defensively, Adi Wood led the way with 64 digs.

“Adi Wood, as far as her defense and her passing, has been monumental for us. She’s just a flat-out competitor,” Day said. “Alexis is seasoned. ... That girl has been my setter the four years that I’ve been here. Where we have seen success is because of her distribution.”

Mishou’s distribution was evident against Aurora when she repeatedly set up her hitter with perfectly placed passes.

This tournament marked the first time the Bearcats played at home this season.

Day said it felt good to play in familiar surroundings.

“This is a great environment, great place, great fans,” she said. “It’s a really cool place to watch volleyball, too. Just to have people up above and around ... It was a lot of fun to be at home.”

The Bearcats are back in action at 7 p.m., Thursday when they travel to Grand Island to play the Islanders.

To keep the moment going at Grand Island, Day said her team needs to pass the with consistency.

“It’s another great opportunity,” she said. “We’re excited about where we are at this point in the season. If we go out and play our ball I like our odds on Thursday. As our passing goes, our game goes.”

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KHS 2, North Platte 0

Kearney High 25 25

North Platte 10 19

KHS Leaders

KILLS — Claire Vanderbeek 4, Jordyn Kohtz 4, Ashton Mehlin 4, Alexis Mishou 3, Aspen Rusher 3, Lily Novacek 3.

ACES — Adison Wood 1, Kohtz 1, Mehlin 1, Mishou 1.

BLOCKS — Novacek 5, Mehlin 3, Kohtz 1, Vanderbeek 1.

ASSISTS — Mishou 17, Wood 1.

DIGS — Wood 14, Ringlein 9, Kohtz 9, Mehlin 7, Mishou 5, Vanderbeek 2.

KHS 2, Northwest 1

Kearney High 13 25 25

Northwest 25 20 16

KHS Leaders

KILLS — Jordyn Kohtz 11, Claire Vanderbeek 9, Lily Novacek 7, Aspen Rusher 3, Alexis Mishou 2, Ashton Mehlin 1.

ACES — Vanderbeek 3, Ashley Ringlein 2, Wood 1, Kohtz 1.

BLOCKS — Novacek 3, Mishou 3, Vanderbeek 2, Kohtz 1, Mehlin 1.

ASSISTS — Mishou 28, Wood 3, Mehlin 1.

DIGS — Wood 23, Ringlein 11, Kohtz 9, Mehlin 9, Mishou 7, Rusher 2.

Gretna 2, KHS 0

Gretna 25 25

Kearney High 14 16

KHS Leaders

KILLS — Claire Vanderbeek 5, Rusher 4, Novacek 2, Kohtz 2, Mehlin 1, Mishou 1.

ACES — Mehlin 1.

BLOCKS — Vanderbeek 1.

ASSISTS — Mishou 11, Wood 2.

DIGS — Wood 14, Mishou 7, Mehlin 6, Kohtz 5, Rusher 3, Ringlein 3, Vanderbeek 1.

KHS 2, Aurora 0

Kearney High 25 25

Aurora 20 19

KHS Leaders

KILLS — Ashton Mehlin 8, Lily Novacek 7, Aspen Rusher 6, Claire Vanderbeek 5, Jordyn Kohtz 3.

ACES — Adison Wood 2, Vanderbeek 2, Ashton Mehlin 1.

BLOCKS — Vanderbeek 3, Mishou 1, Aspen Rusher 1.

ASSISTS — Mishou 24, Wood 2.

DIGS — Wood 13, Mishou 8, Mehlin 4, Kohtz 4, Ashley Ringlein 2, Vanderbeek 1, Rusher 1.

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