INMAN — Both the Moundridge and Inman High volleyball teams had a great start to their 2016 seasons at the Inman Invitational.
Eight teams were divided into two pools, with the top two teams from each pool to play each other in the semifinals.
After a 2-1 showing in pool play, the Wildcats faced Inman for a chance to play in the championship match.
After three grueling sets, it was Moundridge who moved on with a 25-19, 22-25, 27-25 win.
“Inman has a competitive team this year, and we will play them several more time this season,” Moundridge head coach Kelsi Chisolm said. “Their offense caused some problems for us, but our serving came through and we got the wideouts when we had to have them. That was a great feeling for our team to come back and win.”
The Wildcats fell to Sedgwick for the second time on Saturday, 25-11, 25-16 in the championship match. Moundridge defeated Fairfield in straight sets, and Cunningham in a come-from-behind-effort, before ending pool play with a 25-7, 25-13 loss to Sedgwick.
Sedgwick did not drop an entire set the entire day.
“Our team was pretty nervous to start with, but settled down as the day went,” Chisolm said. “I had no expectations except to learn about our team and hope the players would play hard and keeping progressing as the day went.”
The Wildcats finished the day 3-2 for second place. Zaelynn Foth led the way offensively with 40 kills and six aces. Bethany Stucky and Natalie Kaufman combined for 35 kills as well.
“Even with two-a-day practices, nothing compares to your first tournament,” Chisolm said. “We were tired but will need to bounce back as play again Tuesday. Inman runs a great tournament, and I’m glad we have that experience moving forward.”
The Wildcats play again on Aug. 30 at home, with Conway Springs and Hesston in attendance.
As for the Teutons, a 3-0 start to pool play was foiled by Moundridge in the semifinals. Inman defeated Central Christian, Cedar Vale and Remington to win their pool.
The Teutons ended their long day of volleyball on a high note, with a 25-20, 25-18 dispatching of Remington to claim third.
“The kids played with enthusiasm all day,” Inman head coach Russ Goering said. “When they were down in some sets, they responded well and turned up the heat. It is early, and there were a few mental mistakes we need to correct, but overall It was a very successful day.”
Inman is back in action on Aug. 30 in Canton.
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