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Swedes tie record for most wins

The Gothenburg volleyball team bumped its winning streak to 12 straight with Thursday’s four-set victory over Southwest at home.

The achievement puts the Swedes at 17-3 on the year, tying the school record for most wins in a season.

The only other time Gothenburg reached that many wins was in 2003 when the team finished the year at 17-10.

“The neat thing is, the girls are still working very hard to improve,” said coach Mary Clark. “They go into each match expecting to win but it’s not like we’re looking past anyone.”

They certainly couldn’t look past Southwest, which pushed the Swedes the whole way.

“Southwest is not the same team as when we played them earlier in the year,” Clark said. “They’ve improved a bunch and they made us work for our points.”

Gothenburg won the first set handily 25-14 before the Roughriders took advantage of a series of Swede errors to get back in the match with a 25-21 win in the second set.

“The girls really take ownership of their own jobs,” Clark said. “If we have little break-downs here or there, they usually know what to do to fix it.”

Gothenburg came back to take the match with 25-21 and 25-19 victories.

“The girls know our best game is the power game,” Clark said. “At the same time, they’re also learning to play efficient and smart. Sometimes smacking the ball isn’t the best play and they’re learning that.”

Jacey Wiggins finished with 16 kills and 18 set assists. Regan Geiken added 14 kills while Tiani Reeves had 12 kills and Maddy Costello picked up 17 digs.

“We are clicking all the way around,” Clark said. “The girls know their positions and play them well.”

The Swedes will look to improve on the school’s best volleyball record during the eight-team Cozad Invite on Saturday.

It will not be an easy task, Clark said, as Gothenburg could see top-notch teams such as Overton (22-2) Sutherland (16-5). Both are rated by the Omaha World-Herald in Class D-1.

“It’s going to be a tough tournament,” Clark said. “We’re definitely going to have to come ready to play.”

The Swedes are seeded No. 2 in the tournament behind Overton and will face Cambridge (1-18) in the opening round at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Sutherland, which handed the St. Pat’s Irish their first loss of the season over the weekend, is also in Gothenburg’s side of the bracket.

The Swedes will play at Cozad again on Tuesday in head-to-head action beginning at approximately 7 p.m.

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