Lady Vikings finished in top five in league tournament

HALSTEAD — Smoky Valley High School volleyball team competed in the Kansas League Preseason Tournament at Halstead on Saturday. The Lady Vikings finished at 4-2, placing them fifth in the tournament.

"Our CKL league is one of the toughest volleyball leagues in our state," head coach Sharlene Ramsey said. "Our girls battled the entire day against some really tough teams.We finished fifth place out of 10 and are so excited to see what's in store for our team this year."

The Lady Vikings started off 2-2 in their pool play as they beat Larned High School (29-27, 19-25, 25-7) and Lyons High School (15-25, 25-23, 25-17). They will also lose to Nickerson High School (13-25, 11-25) and Halstead High School (13-25, 23-25) as well.

The Vikings went on a 2-0 start after advancing in their brackets. The first win came from Haven High School (25-20, 25-22) and then a rematch victory over Lyons (25-20, 18-25, 25-20).

Addie Heitschmidt led the Vikings with 43 kills, and Emmie Ryals was the assist leader with 48 total.

Bri Franklin doubled up with 12 blocks and 11 aces during her serve ups.

The Lady Vikings will be back on the road as they will be traveling to Abilene High School for a quad's match. Others schools includes Concordia High School and Thomas More Prep-Marian.

Moundridge and Inman battled for third place during invitational

INMAN —Moundridge High School volleyball team faced Inman High School during the Inman Volleyball Invitational, where the Wildcats defeated the Teutons on Saturday. The Wildcats would finish third after the win, while Inman placed fourth. 

The Lady Teutons were able to win the first set 25-16. However, the Lady Wildcats answered back with two wins in the final two sets 25-16, 25-19.

The Lady Teutons went 3-0 during their pool play, defeating both Moundridge and Cunningham High. After moving on to the semifinals, the Teutons would fall to Remington High School (23-25, 25-21, 25-22). Teuton's head coach Emily Butler was impressed on her team's performance despite finishing fourth in the tournament and is confident about this season.

"We started very strong. We finished first in our pool which was no easy task," Butler said. "We ended up fourth and we aren’t happy about that, but we are excited with what we saw Saturday. With more time we will become a strong team. We are ready to battle this Tuesday. I know for certain our girls are more determined than ever."

The Wildcats won two of the three matches in their pool brackets. They would move on to the semifinals where they fall to Sedgwick High School in back-to-back sets (25-20, 25-22).Sedgwick would eventually defeat Remington (25-12, 25-16) in the finals, taking first in the invitational.

The Wildcats will be at  Hesston High School where they will face the Swathers on Tuesday at 5 p.m. While the Teutons will take on both Canton-Galva High School and Centre High School at Centre on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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