Franklin leads Vikings in sweep at Clay Center 

CLAY CENTER— Mother nature wasn't cooperating in Clay Center, but that never stopped the Smoky Valley High School volleyball team from beating both Clay Center High School 25-16, 15-25, 25-16 and Hoisington High School 25-22, 25-16. 

It was a big night for Bri Franklin as she led the Vikings with eight digs, made 20 completed passes when she served, nine kills and five blocks. McKinley Johnson was the top server with 41 and led with five aces. She also posted 20 assists. Elyse Ramsey was second in assists with 18. Addie Heitschmidt had four aces, while Abby Rose and Kerrington Haxton tied for 11 kills.

"I thought we played very well as a team," SV head coach Sharlene Ramsey said. "We have spent some time in practice talking about positive energy, mental toughness and being a good teammate to others." Tonight was a testament to the intentional work we've been focused on, and we are so proud of how the girls battled through some rough play at times to pull off the two wins."

Next up for the Vikings, they will travel to Haven for a triangular against Haven High School and Larned High School at 5 p.m.

Redskins goes 2-0 at home, Eagles finish 1-1

LITTLE RIVER— The Little River High School volleyball team hosted a league quad and  finished 2-0 on Tuesday, while Canton-Galva High School went 1-1.

The Redskins showed their dominance, running over Solomon High School 25-9, 25-12, and then later sweeping the Eagles 25-14, 25–20. 

"It was a great night for our eight seniors as we took down two league schools tonight," Little river Head coach Kim Rolf said. "I'm glad we were able to put together enough plays to win both matches for our seniors. This group has been an awesome group to coach. This is my third year with them and what great leaders they have become. Great kids, and even better teammates."

The Eagles were able to beat Peabody High School 25-21, 25-23 before falling to Little River the next match. Cloe Hedlund wants her Eagles to be consistent and avoid bad starts.

"We had a rough start in both matches," Hedlund said. "As a team, we struggled to keep our offense going and made too many errors throughout the matches. I am proud of the team for fighting after getting behind and making adjustments when needed. We have a busy week ahead and look forward to seeing these ladies improve the rest of the week."

Little River will compete in the Lyons tournament on Saturday, while the Eagles will return home for triangular with Burton High School and Elyria Christian School on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Lady Teutons dominate on the road

 BROOKSVILLE— It was a big night for the Inman High School volleyball team on Tuesday after beating Ell-Saline 25-20 25-12, and Bennington High School 25-17 25-13.

Claire Thiessen was Inman's top performer with 12 kills. Rachel Harman was one kill behind Thiessen, and Ashtyn Schroeder collected 17 digs.

"We had a dominant night with 54 total kills as a team," Teutons Head coach Emily Butler said. "We played together and fought hard. It was a great night of Teuton volleyball."

The Teutons will be at Sterling to take on Sterling High School, Remington High School and Hutchinson Trinity next Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Elyria falls to Rural Vista, bounces back against Wakefield

WAKEFIELD— Meanwhile, the Elyria Christian volleyball went 1-1 in its triangular at Wakefield on Tuesday.

It was a rocky start for the Eagles after losing to Rural Vista High School 12-24, 8-25. Ryland Hawkinson led the Eagles with seven digs.

"We just couldn't get started in this game," Elyria Head coach Jayme Gardner We had one of our middles tweak her ankle early, and we couldn't get that out of our minds."

Elyria bounced back by beating Wakefield in three sets 25-27, 25-16, 25-13. Merrick Robertson and Kilynn Starburg tied for eight kills. Robertson also recorded 15 digs.

"We finally came around to playing our game during Wakefield," Gardner said. "Despite losing the first set, we were able to shake it off and found our desire to win. Once we can figure out how to play with that attitude, our game changes and we are fun to watch."

The Eagles will face host Canton-Galva High School and Burton High School in a Triangular on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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