Smoky Valley goes 2-0 at Haven
HAVEN – The Smoky Valley High School volleyball went down to Haven for a CKL triangular on Tuesday night. The Lady Vikings left with a clean sweep over Haven High School in three sets ( 25-18, 25-17 ), and dominated Larned (25-12, 25-11) in two.
What led to the Lady Vikings' performance was their serves. McKinley Johnson collected 23 successful serves, including two aces. Bri Franklin had 17, along with four aces. Franklin also tied for six kills with Kerington Haxton. Abby Rose led with nine kills.
"It was great to pick up two league wins tonight," Vikings Head coach Sharlene Ramsey said. "We are at the point in the season that every win becomes more important and moves us one step closer to receiving a good seed for sub-state. Our team chemistry is improving, and we are really starting to be more consistent with the ball."
The Vikings will be back on the court next Tuesday to take on Nickerson and the Wichita Defenders at 5 p.m.
Little River wins three straight after second-place finish at Lyons
LITTLE RIVER – The Little River High School volleyball team had only one day of rest after finishing second in the Lyons tournament last weekend, to then host a best of five dual on Tuesday evening. However, the Lady Skins did not disappoint.
During the Lyons tournament, The Redskins went undefeated in the pool-play, beating out Sterling (16-25, 25-18, 25-23), Russell (26-24, 26-24) and Ellinwood (25-21, 25-20).
"Going into pool play we knew it was going to be a huge challenge, so we were pretty excited about winning our pool," Little River Head coach Kim Rolfs said. "Most importantly, as a coach, I was impressed by our ability to win the tight matches. As a team, we have grown in that area of competing when there is adversity."
The Redskins would advance to the semifinals to beat out Ellsworth in three sets (28-26, 17-25, 25-22). Eventually, the Redskins fall to Lyons in the finals (17-25, 20-25).
"We did not have an answer for a Lyons hitter. She made it difficult for us to put runs together, "Rolfs said. "It was a pretty tough day for our kids, mentally and physically, which is so good for us."
In the best of five dual, the Redskins were in a tough battle with Peabody but eventually came through with all three wins. (25-17, 25-12, 27-25).
The Redskins will be at Canton-Galva on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Two Eagles meet again at Centre
LOST SPRINGS – Canton-Galva High School and Elyria Christian volleyball team met again, but this time at Centre High School for a quad on Tuesday.
Canton-Galva took down Elyria in two sets ( 25-22, 25-9), and then outlasted Centre in three close sets (23-25, 25-21, 25-20).
"We started off a little slow against Elyria but kept the serve game consistent, and that helped us pull off the win," Canton-Galva Head coach Cloe Hedlund said. "Centre is a strong and big hustle play team. They make it hard for teams not to get frustrated. We struggled in the first set to play as a unit and keep the ball on our side of the net. Once we started making our serves and keeping them, we could take time to set up our offense. Our key focus tonight was consistency, and the players did that well the last two sets of the Centre game."
After the loss to Canton-Galva, Elyria bounced back with a three-set victory over Solomon High School (23-25, 25-17, 25-18).
"I was glad that we were able to rebound in the Solomon game," Elyria Head Coach Jayme Gardner said. "We played some really good volleyball against them. We proved that we are able to pick up the pieces and put them together for a win."
Elyria will be on the road to take on host Medicine Lodge High School and Inman High School in a triangular on Thursday. Canton-Galva will host a tournament on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Other Mac County Scores
Moundridge High School went to three sets with Bennington High School and Ell-Saline High School during Sedgwick's quad on Tuesday evening. The Wildcats came up on top, beating Bennington, 12-25, 25-20, 30-28, and then Ell-Saline, 25-17, 25-13. Moundridge will compete at the Belle Plains tournament on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Inman High School volleyball team traveled to Sterling for a quad. The Tuesdays fall to Trinity Catholic (21-25, 23-25), but later had a rebound win over Remington High School 9-25, 25-17, 25-11).
The Teutons will be at Medicine Lodge for a triangular on Thursday, and then a Burrton Tournament on Saturday.
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