LINCOLN – The best season in almost two decades came to an end for the Raymond Central volleyball team on Oct. 27 in Lincoln.
Despite the loss, the Mustangs finished with a 19-10 record, their first winning season since 2002.
Prior to the setback against Lincoln Lutheran on Tuesday, the Mustangs played extremely well and earned an exciting come from behind win over Malcolm in the opening round of sub-district play on Monday night.
The Mustangs dropped the first two sets 22-25 and 18-25 before rallying to win the final three by scores of 25-21, 26-24 and 15-10.
Three different players finished in double-figure kills for Raymond Central and the team was led by senior Grace Mueller. Mueller piled up 15 kills in 53 swings to lead the offense. Juniors Hannah Kile and Emaree Harris added 11 kills apiece.
Kile was also effective from behind the service line while leading the Mustangs with four ace serves.
Harris was a force at the net defensively while leading RC with six ace blocks.
Junior Autumn Haislet was strong along the back row while leading the team with 31 digs.
Kile and senior setter Halle Heiss combined for 52 digs.
Heiss also dished out 33 set assists.
Haislet and Kile led the Mustangs in serve receive.
The win put the Mustangs into the sub-district final against fifth-ranked Lincoln Lutheran on Oct. 27.
The Warriors won by scores of 25-23, 25-6, 23-25 and 25-13.
The Warriors controlled the match at the net and they were able to finish with 52 kills compared to just 23 for the Mustangs.
Kile led the Mustangs with eight kills. Kile finished with 176 kills on the year.
Mueller added seven more and led the Mustangs offensively with 273 kills in 2020.
Haislet dug up 15 balls against the Warriors and finished with a team best 395 digs this season.
Heiss dished out 18 set assists and ended up with 682 for the season and 1,668 for her career.