Eagles swept at home to open season; Inman sweeps

 CANTON — It was not how the Canton-Galva High School volleyball team envisioned their season would begin.

The Eagles began the season with a triangular at home with Inman and Centre in attendance. In game one against Centre, the Eagles won the first set, 25-19, but dropped set two, 25-18. Headed to a third set to decide the match, Canton-Galva lost an uncompetitive third set, 25-14.

“Centre was very consistent in getting the ball back over to the other side of the net, which made it very challenging and frustrating to run offense on our side of the court, and in the end we just made too many errors when we had the ball,” head coach Cloe Hedlund said.

The Eagles fell to Inman in straight sets. The Teutons dominated the match from start to finish, winning 25-15; 25-13.

“The Inman match was a challenge as well as they had a faster offense and we struggled to control the ball on our side of the court,” Hedlund said. “We gave up too many points to missed serves and hitting errors in that match.”

The Eagles will search for their first win on Sept. 10 at Solomon.

The Inman High School volleyball team is off to an undefeated start. After downing Canton-Galva in straight sets, the Teutons defeated Centre in three sets, 25-16; 17-25; 25-15.

At 2-0, Inman is next in action on Sept. 7 at home when the Teutons host an invitational.

Little River starts season off 3-0

FAIRFIELD — The Little River High School volleyball team had no problem with the competition in its season opener.

Little River went 3-0 Tuesday in Fairfield and did not drop a set in the process. Little River defeated Ark City Christian, 25-11 25-13, to start the season. In the second match, Little River defeated Udall, 25-9, 25-8. Little River played its closest match against Fairfield, but still won convincingly, 25-11; 25-18.

“I saw a more consistent team who did the little things right and was able to play some really good volleyball because of it,” head coach Kim Rolfs said. “A year ago we might of gone three sets with these teams but this group I believe has a different attitude and it was working last night.”

Little River will look to stay undefeated on Sept. 10 at Rural Vista.

Elyria optimistic after tough loss

WICHITA — Despite an 0-2 start to the season, Elyria volleyball head coach Jayme Gardner is optimistic for the rest of the season.

The Eagles won just five matches all of last season, but Tuesday night in a triangular hosted by Wichita Homeschool, Elyria was competitive in both losses.

The Eagles were defeated by the host school 25-18, 25-15. Merrick Robertson had three kills and six digs, while Kylee Penner finished with four kills and two aces.

In game two, Elyria took Hutchinson Central Christian to three sets before falling 25-19, 17-25, 21-25. Penner added four more kills and two aces, and Ryland Hawkinson had four kills, eight digs, and an ace.

“We overcame some nerves after the first game to play a great game against Central,” Gardner said. “Although we have a lot to work on, I was excited to see some things start coming together and their unity and flow show up on the court.”

The Eagles are back in action on Sept. 10 at Centre.

Wildcats split with Conway Springs, Hesston

MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge High School volleyball team faced tough competition in its season-opening triangular on Tuesday.

The Wildcats hosted Conway Springs and Hesston, defeating the former and falling to the latter.

Moundridge knocked off Conway Springs in three sets, 23-25; 25-15; 25-16. The Wildcats then fell to a talented Hesston squad, 25-22; 25-17.

“We did a lot of good things last night, but we still have a lot we need to work on,” head coach Holli Carter said. “It will take some time for everything to get together and we will continue to work hard to get there.”

Moundridge, now 1-1, will travel to Inman Saturday to compete in a tournament.