McPherson Take Two Victories at Winfield
WINFIELD—The McPherson High School volleyball team traveled south to Winfield on Tuesday for a triangular and returned home with nearly identical back-to-back victories, sweeping host Winfield 25-14, 25-15, before taking down previously unbeaten Circle in straight sets as well, 25-15, 25-15.
“It was good to have Mickey (Michaela Bowers) returning to our line-up,” noted Lady Bullpup Head Coach Christy Doile. “We put up good, strong numbers again with 14 aces and four serving errors standing out. Kallie (Jost) served really well with eight aces, while Katie Berg was able to add some more kills to our offensive scheme.”
Coach Doile concluded her coach reflections by saying, “Kallie, Cassie (Cooks), and Rhian (Swanson) held steady offensively as all three had some flashy kills. Jaycee (Burghart) continues to run our offense and put the ball where our hitters can really swing.”
Cassie Cooks led McPherson in kills with 16, while Rhian Swanson added 14. Kallie Jost made six aces, while Michaela Bowers led the team in digs with 18. As Coach Doile mentioned, Jaycee Burghart ran the offense and it showed in the stats as she recorded 40 assists for the evening.
In the junior varsity matches, McPherson swept Winfield 25-23, 25-16 before losing in straight sets to Circle 20-25, 24-26.
The Lady Bullpup spikers are now off for a week before returning to the court on Tuesday, September 11 on the road in Augusta for a triangular with Augusta and Rose Hill.
Smoky Valley goes 1-1 at Nickerson
NICKERSON—The Smoky Valley High volleyball team traveled to Nickerson on Tuesday and finished 1-1 in a triangular with Nickerson and the Wichita Defenders, a homeschool team.
Against the Defenders, the Lady Vikings scored a win in straight sets, 25-13, 25-16. Bri Franklin led the team with three aces, while Emmie Ryals led the way in assists.
Host Nickerson took down Smoky Valley in straight sets, 11-25, 16-25, despite the Lady Vikings coming back from a 12-point deficit at one point.
On Saturday, September 8, the Lady Viking spikers will return to the court on the road at Southeast of Saline.
Little River splits Two Matches at Goessel
GOESSEL—Little River High sent their volleyball team to Goessel on Tuesday for a triangular and they returned home with a straight win over Elyria Christian, 25-11, 25-15, before losing in straight sets to host Goessel 14-25, 23-25.
“We just have to start playing consistent and we will compete with a lot of teams,” commented Little River Head Coach Kim Rolfs during her coach reflections. “Goessel is a tradition rich team who’s smart and knows how to play. When we finally upped our level of play it could have gone either way. Take away our first set where we had at least six net violations and a few more unforced errors, and we competed with a very good team. There is still a lot of season left for the kids to grow, so I’m excited for that.”
The Little River volleyball team will return to action on Saturday, September 8 when they travel to Centre.
Elyria drops two at Goessel
GOESSEL—The Elyria Christian Lady Eagle volleyball team traveled to Goessel on Tuesday and lost both matches in a triangular, losing 11-25, 15-25 to Little River and then losing again in straight sets to Herington 24-26, 12-25.
In the match with Herington, Katelyn Huddle was credited with four blocks and two aces, while the Lady Eagle junior varsity volleyball team also lost in straight sets to Little River3 10-25, 14-25.
During a moment of coach’s reflections, Lady Eagle Head Coach Jayme Gardner noted, “Despite the losses, there were a lot of positives that happened tonight. The girls showed the desire to win and the fight to get back into games. They are improving, and things are starting to click with them.”
Elyria Christian will return to the court on Saturday, September 8 when they travel north to Solomon for a weekend tournament.
Inman goes 2-0 on Tuesday
CHAPARRAL—The Inman High volleyball team went a perfect 4-0 on Tuesday at a triangular in Chaparral, taking all four matches in similar manner.
In the first match, the Lady Teutons swept Sterling in straight sets, winning 25-15, 25-9, before returning to the court again to sweep host Chaparral in similar manner, 25-12, 25-6.
“Tonight, was so fun to be part of this great team,” noted Lady Teuton Head Coach Emily Butler. “We played together, and everyone did their job! Our goal was to push all the way to the end and no let up. Loved every minute of it.”
Inman volleyball will be back in action on Saturday, September 8th at a tournament in Haven.
Canton-Galva sweeps Centre
CANTON—The Canton-Galva High School volleyball team entertained Centre at home on Tuesday and took both sets to claim a victory in their first league match of the 2018 season.
The first match of the evening counted toward league play and the Lady Eagles handled Centre 25-18, 25-15, before coming back in a non-league match and taking down Centre for the second time by nearly identical scores of 25-19, 26-19.
According to Lady Eagle Head Coach Cloe Hedlund, “Our team played very hard and served really well on our Senior Night. All of our seniors stepped up and had a great night.”
Next up for the Canton-Galva spikers will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 when they participate in a tournament at Goessel.
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