Skyview netters finish undefeated

The host Skyview volleyball team swept Seward on Saturday in Southcentral Conference play to finish up the second undefeated regular season in school history.

The Panthers prevailed 25-13, 25-16 and 25-17 to run their record to 17-0 in nontournament play and 10-0 in the conference. Skyview also went undefeated in 2006, finishing 14-0.

“Being 17-0 — I never would have dreamed that,” Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. “We had four seniors coming in and an experienced opposite, but we didn’t have a setter.

“Emily (DiPaolo) was athletic enough that I was able to develop her. She had the desire and determination to get better.”

Kupferschmid said seniors Sam Reynolds, Cheyanne Laber, Casey Neill and Cat Schoessler led the way.

It was the final home game for Skyview. With the school set to close its doors in the spring, that means the last volleyball match has been played.

“The seniors had good matches today,” Kupferschmid said. “We celebrated afterward with cake and ice cream. To be 17-0 is special.”

Reynolds had 11 service points, eight kills and 16 digs. Kupferschmid said Reynolds’ jump serve gave Seward problems.

Laber had 13 kills, seven digs, five service points and two blocks; Schoessler had 10 digs, nine service points and two kills; and Neill had 20 digs and five service points.

Hayley Ramsell had 12 kills, 11 service points, 13 digs and two blocks; while DiPaolo had 26 assists and nine digs.

“They didn’t give us much of a block, so our kids could rip the ball, but their defense was very good,” Kupferschmid said. “At the time, it didn’t feel like we were rolling through them.”

On Friday, Seward rolled through Houston in Southcentral Conference play, winning 25-16, 25-17 and 26-24.

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