SHELBY — Mead picked a bad time to have an off-night in volleyball.
The Raiders suffered a 25-13, 25-7, 25-14 loss to Exeter-Milligan in the D2-2 subdistrict tournament final on Tuesday night at Shelby-Rising City High School.
“This was by far our worst performance of the year,” Mead coach Keshia Havelka said. “It seemed as if the team’s goal to get past the first round of subdistricts was complete and they didn’t need to go any farther. Exeter-Milligan is a very solid team, but we have seen a lot of good teams this year and played them all closer than we did (tonight).”
June Johnson had five kills while middle blockers Jayden Haag and Becca Halbmaier added three apiece.
“Exeter-Milligan put up a very good block,” Havelka said.
The Timberwolves also recorded 12 ace serves in the match.
“I was disappointed in our ability to judge the deep balls and move our feet to make a good pass,” Havelka said.
Johnson had two ace serves while Abby Miller recorded one. Michlya Lihs had 18 digs while Josie Parham added 15 digs and eight set assists.
The Raiders, 18-9, will await to see if they earn a state tournament berth via a wildcard.
“We got beat a lot in our deep corners and on the line,” Havelka said. “We will need to make those fixes if we get a shot at the state tournament. If we don’t get that shot, this has been an impressive season.”
The Raiders are 18-9 and earned their most wins since the 2013 season. Mead’s semifinal win over Osceola was also the school’s first postseason volleyball victory in four seasons.
“A lot of people probably wrote us off this year, but the team stepped up in a big way to put together a great season,” Havelka said.
Exeter-Milligan will face Falls City Sacred Heart on Thursday night in the D2-1 district final at Beatrice High School.