Eagles host Invitational; Little River finish second

CANTON— The Canton High School volleyball team hosted an invitational last weekend. Little River High School was also in attendance and finished second after going 4-1 at the tournament, while the Eagles took fourth.

The Redskins had a strong day, beating out teams like Goessel (25-19, 25-15), Arkansas City Christian (25-11, 25-14) and Wichita Homeschool (25-23, 25-19) in their pool play, defeating Canton-Galva in the semifinals, 25-9; 25-17. Unfortunately, their only loss came in the finals to Halstead High School, 18-25, 24-26.

"Sadly, we didn't get to play that third set as we were just getting it rolling," Little River Head coach Kim Rolfs said about the loss to Halstead. "They are a good team who play in a tough league. Playing at their level sometimes takes a little time to figure out. Unfortunately, it took just a little too long. Hopefully, we learned a few things about ourselves and will continue to work on our weaknesses and be the best team we can be."

For Canton-Galva, it was a rocky start after being down one player due to ankle injury. The Eagles lost to Halstead in their first match, 17-25, 9-25, then won two straight against Sunrise Christian Academy (25-20, 23-25, 25-20) and Solomon (25-18, 22-25, 25-23), before being dominated by Little River, and falling to Wichita home school (25-12, 25-17).

"We had to continue to adjust to a new line up throughout the day and struggled to keep the ball on our side of the court," Eagles Head coach Cloe Hedlund said. "Our defensive game was pretty good throughout the day, but we couldn't keep our offensive game going, which resulted in a couple of games going to three sets and late losses. It was a long day of change and adjustments. We are proud of the players for taking on the challenge and still getting out of pool play."

The Eagles will travel to Goessel for a quad matchup on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Redskins will be at Peabody for their quad.

Moundridge goes 3-2 in Belle Plaine

BELLE PLAINE – The Moundridge High School volleyball team finally saw some different competition on Saturday during the Belle Plaine Invitational.

The Wildcats finished 3-2, beating Chaparral (25-20, 25-21), South Barber (24-26, 25-21, 25-13) and Attica (25-11, 25-22). The two losses were to Belle Plaine (19-25, 25-19, 15-25) and Mulvane (25-27, 13-25).

The Wildcats will return home to host a quad on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Elyria takes fifth in Burrton

BURRTON—The Elyria Christian volleyball was the road to compete in the Burrton Invitational on Saturday. The Eagles finished the weekend at 2-2, placing them fifth.

The Eagles were in a tight battle early against Burrton High School. After winning the first set, the Eagles lost two straight, giving the Burrton the win, 25-22, 13-25, 23-25. Ryland Hawkinson and Kylee Penner tied for five blocks, but Hawkinson led with 11 digs. Penner had six kills and seven digs.

Elyria struggled against Cunningham (7-25, 9-25), but bounced back against Fairfield (25-20, 25-21). Merrick Robertson had 15 digs and three aces, while Alexus Swenson had 14 digs. 

The Eagles ended the tournament with a loss to Berean Academy, 25-19, 25-21. Lauren Aden had 18 digs during that match.

The Eagles will travel to Peabody for a quad on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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