INMAN — Two McPherson County schools are off to terrific starts this volleyball season, and both teams proved they will be a tough out this year in Class 2A.

Rivals Inman and Moundridge squared off in the championship match of the Inman Invitational on Saturday, with Inman winning two close sets, 25-21, 25-23. The Teutons are now an impressive 5-0 on the season, while the Wildcats are sitting in great shape with a 4-1 record.

Emily Butler made her coaching debut for Inman on Saturday, taking over for the legendary Russ Goering and his staggering 704 victories. For Butler, Saturday was the first step in creating her own legacy.

“I am so proud of how our girls played this opening weekend,” Butler said. “This year our focus has been on being a teammate first, and Saturday that showed. The girls fought hard all day and came out on top, and they did it all while being amazing teammates.”

Inman began Saturday by going 3-0 in pool play, with a couple of straight set victories over Fairfield and Cunningham, and a three-setter against Sedgwick.

After a 3-0 day in pool play, Inman knocked off Remington with ease in the semifinals to set up a McPherson County showdown with Moundridge for the championship.

Moundridge was also welcoming a new head coach to the court. Bryan Otte led his Wildcats to an impressive start to the season which started with a 3-0 day in pool play. The Wildcats defeated Central Christian, Cedar Vale, and Remington all in straight sets to win their pool.

The Wildcats had to go the distance in the semifinals against a solid Sedgwick team, and prevailed 25-19, 19-25, 25-20.

When the two McPherson County teams faced off, it was Moundridge who jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the first set, but Inman roared back and took control of the set at 18-13. The Wildcats wouldn’t go anywhere, and tied the first set at 20. But the Teutons won five of the next six points from there to take the first set, 25-21.

The Teutons carried the momentum into the second set early, but once again Moundridge fought back. The second set was even closer than the first, but Inman was always a slight step ahed as the Teutons hung on for the victory.

Both teams only look to get better from here. For Inman, that starts Tuesday at home when they host Canton-Galva. For Moundridge, they face a tough test on Tuesday at Moundridge.

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