Wildcats take second in HOA, Teutons finish 2-2
MARION— The Moundridge High School and Inman High School volleyball team were at Marion to compete for the Heart of America league title on Saturday.
The Wildcats went toe-to-toe with Sedgwick High School all year round, and it came down to the finals. Unfortunately, the Wildcats had to settle for runner-up after losing to the Cardinals (25-22, 25-14).Sedgwick also beat the Wildcats during the pool play and went to three sets, 20-25, 25-23, 23-25.. Moundridge went 3-1. The Cardinals claim the league title.
There's a possible chance the two will meet again, but this time for higher stakes when they travel to Sterling for the Class 2A Sub-State tournament.
The Teutons finished the tournament 2-2, losing to both Moundridge, 12-25, 23-25. and then to Sedgwick, 13-25, 23-25. The Teutons did win two straight against Remington (25-20, 25-21) and Ell-Saline (25-21, 25-13). The Teutons (18-17) will also be at Sterling for the sub-state tournament on Saturday.
Vikings take second in Abilene Invitational
ABILENE— It was a busy weekend for the Smoky Valley for not only the Hyllningsfest but was also in a hard-fought battle in the Abilene Invitational on Saturday, where they took second.
"Because of the festival, we also had a limited number of players, so to pull off a second-place trophy in this tourney was a huge success," Vikings coach Sharlene Ramsey.
The Vikings went 2-1 in their pool-play, defeating Salina Central (25-17, 20-25, 25-16) and Ellsworth (25-10), and lost to Abilene (19-25, 16-25).
The Vikings were off to a strong start after upsetting top-ranked in 3A Royal Valley, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22., advancing the Vikings to the finals, where they took on Buhler High School.
"Royal Valley is currently No. 1 in 3A with a record before this tournament of 26-2, so this was a huge win for the Vikes," Ramsey said.
The Lady Vikings fall to the Lady Crusaders 17-25, 19-25. Ramsey couldn't ask for a better performance from her Vikings with limited players.
"Our girls rallied and supported each other throughout the day," Ramsey said. "To play this well the week before sub-state is something to be proud of for sure."
Eagles go 1-4 at WSL
HOPE— Canton-Galva High School volleyball team, along with Little River and Elyria Christian
battled in the Wheat State League Tournament on Saturday.
The Eagles finished the tournament at 1-4 to complete their regular season. The Eagles' only win came against Elyria Christian 25-9, 25-13. Canton-Galva's losses were to Goessel (25-17, 26-24, 19-25), Rural Vista (12-25, 7-25), Herington (11-25, 17-25) and Little River (18-25, 23-25).
"Our players started off strong with a win in the first set against Goessel, but struggled to stay consistent in the last two sets, so we couldn't pull off the win," Eagles' coach Cloe Hedlund said. "We struggled the next three matches to keep our offense alive, which resulted in a lot of hustle on defense but couldn't get points on the board. Our last game against Elyria, we were much more consistent, and we served the ball well."
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