Four McPherson County High Schools had their volleyball teams playing in tournaments on Saturday, with Canton-Galva at Goessel, Smoky Valley at Southeast of Saline, Elyria Christian at Solomon and Inman at Haven. The results are as follows:

Canton-Galva spikers finish 2-3 at Goessel

GOESSEL—The Canton-Galva High School volleyball team traveled to Goessel on Saturday and came home with two wins and three losses.

In pool play, the Lady Eagles lost in straight sets, 21-25, 26-28 to host Goessel, before going three sets for win number two over Wichita Independent, 21-25, 25-17, 25-17. In their final match of pool play, Canton-Galva scored another three-set victory, this time over Central Christian 18-25, 25-23, 25-23.

In bracket action, the Lady Eagles did not fair as well as they lost in straight sets, 11-25, 17-25 to Sedgwick and for the second time of the day, they lost in straight sets to host Goessel 18-25, 22-25.

“We finished fourth in the tournament, which is an improvement from last season,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Chloe Hedlund. “We are proud of the way our players battled today and we look forward to practice this week to focus on some specific areas of our game.”

The Lady Eagles will be back on the court Tuesday, September 11 when they travel to Centre.

Lady Vikings finish 2-3 at Southeast of Saline

SOUTHEAST of SALINE—Smoky Valley High School sent their volleyball team to Southeast of Saline on Saturday where they finished 2-3 for the tournament.

In pool play, the Lady Vikings lost to Abilene 12-25, 21-25, then gained a victory over host Southeast of Saline in straight sets, 25-14, 25-22, before losing for the second time to Beloit in three sets, 27-25, 25-27, 13-25.

Once again Smoky Valley lost in three sets during their first match of bracket action, losing to Emporia 15-25, 25-20, 21-25. The Lady Vikings ended the day with a second straight set win over host Southeast of Saline, 26-24, 25-16.

“Emmie Ryals let the team in serving with a total of seven aces and two errors from a total of 63 serves,” said Smoky Valley Head Coach Sharlene Ramsey. “Bri Franklin earned 16 solo blocks, while Abby Rose led the team in digs.”

Now 8-8 on the season, the Lady Viking spikers will be on the road Monday to Great Bend and Tuesday to Lyons.

Elyria Christian ends 2-3 at Solomon Tournament

SOLOMON—On Saturday, the Elyria Christian Lady Eagle volleyball team traveled to Solomon to participate in the Solomon Tournament and returned home with a 2-3 record for the outing.

The Lady Eagles started out the day with a three set, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23, victory over Schlagle as Kylee Penner had four kills and Kilynn Starburg scored four aces.

Next up, Elyria dropped straight set matches to both Tescott (12-25, 22-25) and Wakefield (23-25, 18-25) despite Penner and Merrick Robertson each getting six kills in the second match.

Brekken Anderson scored three aces and six digs in match number four against host Solomon, but it was not enough for a win as Elyria dropped their third straight set match in a row, losing 19-25, 17-25, before finishing up the day with a three-set victory over Peabody-Burns, 24-26, 25-13, 25-23. Penner, Robertson and Katelyn Huddle each had four aces in the final match of the weekend.

“I’m really proud of how the girls looked this weekend,” noted Head Coach Jayme Gardner in her coach’s reflections. “In each of our losses we played great and came from behind to make them very competitive games. We are a very young team and most of our girls have never experienced a tournament. They worked hard and so far we have seen improvement with every game.”

Elyria returns to the court on Tuesday, September 8 when they host Goessel.

Inman Finishes 1-4 at Haven Tournament

HAVEN—The Inman High School volleyball team struggled on Saturday at the Haven Tournament, losing four straight matches before closing the day with a victory.

Saturday was a very hard day for the Lady Teutons as they opened with four straight set losses to Cheney (16-25, 15-25), Kingman (22-25, 21-25), Garden Plain (16-25, 20-25), and Hutchinson Trinity (20-25, 13-25) before closing out the day with a three-set hard fought victory over host Haven (25-23, 24-26, 26-12).

“We knew coming in it would be a great competition,” stated Lady Teuton Head Coach Emme Butler. “We went 1-4 on the day, but we finished off strong with Haven winning in three-sets. Macy DeWitt, our Libero, had 18 digs in that match up. We couldn’t finish the close games. That is something we are working on. While I saw some great volleyball Saturday, I’m a little disappointed we couldn’t come up with more wins. I would say that I and the girls are more motivated than ever now, we know we will only get better with great competition and we will get to our goal. Dantlie Raney, our outside hitter, was nominated for the All-Tournament Team.”

Next up for the Inman spikers will be on Tuesday, September 11 when they travel to Ell-Saline.

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