By Michael Buhler
After a rough start to the season, a trip to the Arkansas City volleyball tournament proved to be great medicine for the Campus Colts last weekend.
The Colts won their pool at the tournament, downing the hosts 25-20, 25-23, then beating Mulvane 25-18, 30-28 and outlasting the Goddard Lions 25-20, 16-25, 25-23. The bracket portion of the tournament was called off this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was nice to get some wins under our belts,” Campus coach Mary Askren said. “We had several players step up.”
Taryn Kondo had 23 kills last Saturday at Arkansas City, while Mak O’Bryan added 14, Mylana Moore had 13 and Theya David chipped in 11. Setter Reece Likes paced Campus with 54 assists at Arkansas City, while O’Bryan had seven blocks, Kondo added five, David had four and Mylana Moore finished with three. Kaylee Martinez had half a dozen aces last Saturday, while David had four and Kondo finished with three.
Campus entered last Saturday having lost seven of their first eight games, including losing to Salina South (22-25, 22-25) and Hutchinson (20-25, 22-25) on Tuesday. The Colts took on Newton and Maize earlier this week and head to Derby on Tuesday to take on the host school and Maize South.
Meanwhile, the Lions got their first win of the season Saturday, defeating the host school 25-13, 25-22. Goddard lost to Mulvane 22-25, 21-25
“Our play is continuing to improve and the athletes did a great job this weekend,” Goddard coach Marianne Mooney said. “We have several young athletes and are working hard to learn what it takes to complete at the varsity level. I am looking forward to seeing the continued growth in our athletes and more successes throughout the season.”
Clearwater competed in another pool at Arkansas City, also going 1-2. The Indians downed Winfield 26-24, 25-12, but lost to lost to Andover Central 16-25, 19-25 and fell to Belle Plaine 19-25, 25-18, 18-25.
“I was incredibly proud of our defensive effort, but we just couldn’t generate much momentum offensively,” Clearwater coach Adrienne Noland said. “Ariah McCoy picked up 27 digs and Brynne Noland added 25. Laurel Streit picked up 19 digs while adding four total blocks and four aces. Seniors Brynne Noland and Carlee Lill had 22 and 21 kills respectively on the day, but we struggled to stack points and take control against Belle Plaine and Andover Central.”
Cardinals, Owls also perfect at Haven
The Cheney Cardinals and Garden Plain Owls continued their strong starts to the season last Saturday by winning their respective pools at the Haven tournament. As at Arkansas City, the bracket portion of the tournament was called off this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its pool at Hutchinson Trinity, Garden Plain (8-0) downed Kingman 25-9, 25-13 and also beat Trinity 25-14, 25-13. Meanwhile, the Cardinals won the tournament’s Haven pool, rallying past Inman 19-25, 25-12, 25-19 and beating Haven 25-15, 25-16.
Alli Puetz had eight kills and three aces against Trinity, while Brooke Hammond added six kills and four aces and Liberty Franklin also served a trio of aces. Puetz also had 11 digs and Madysen Zoglman had 20 assists.
“We played very efficiently and outscored our opponents 100-49 which was reflected in our side out percentage,” Garden Plain coach Gina Clark said. “I liked the calm, confident nature the kids played with. They like each other, and work really well together, and each kid is working hard to fulfill their role on our team. I thought Zoglman did an excellent job setting the team. Her location is improving, she’s a great competitor, and is locating the ball better and better each match.”
Meanwhile, the Cardinals also improved to 8-0 with the sweep of their pool.
“We wanted to have a lot of girls play in a lot of spots last Saturday, and it took us a while to get going,” Cheney coach Sara Walkup said. “But once we did, I thought we did a good job helping each other along on the way to two wins.”
Walkup also had words of praise for sophomore Reagan Gegen, who filled in for defensive specialist Korri Lies.
“Once Reagan settled in, I thought she did a nice job defensively for us,” Walkup said. “We had quite a few service aces that day, and she had four herself. Everyone really did a nice job coming together for that.”
Cardinals sweep past Hesston, Hillsboro
The Cheney Cardinals continued their hot start to the season last Tuesday, sweeping past Hesston 25-17, 25-20 and Hillsboro 25-23, 25-23 to pickup their fifth and sixth wins of the season.
“Last Tuesday’s matches at Hesston were some well-fought and well-played matches,” Walkup said. “Both teams put up a great fight and we had to do the same to get the wins. I was mostly impressed with our defense in the back row with Lexi Cline and Korri Lies. They were amazing out there digging every hard swing that came past the block. My hitters all battled through ups and a few downs and found a way to score. And Brooklyn Wewe kept us in the matches running around like crazy to keep us swinging.”
Kylee Scheer had 10 kills against Hillsboro, while Olivia Albers added seven. Lies had three aces, while Cline had 28 digs, Scheer had 16 and Albers added 11. Wewe also had 22 assists. Scheer also had 10 kills and 14 digs against Hesston, while Cline had 16 digs and Wewe had 20 assists.
The Cardinals host Maize South and Rose Hill on Thursday, while Garden Plain will also play the latter two schools. Cheney heads to Wichita on Monday to take on Bishop Carroll and Andale.
“It’s been really cool to see us battle when the matches come down to the wire,” Walkup said. “We have a lot of fight and grit in us, and it’s those characteristics that are going to take these girls on a fun ride this year.”
Tigers win two, Lions drop two at VC
The Eisenhower Tigers improved to 6-2 this season by sweeping a triangular at Valley Center last Tuesday, downing the hosts 25-15, 25-20 and also defeating Goddard in straight sets. The Lions also lost to Valley Center 13-25, 16-25.
“I was fairly pleased with how we played last Tuesday,” Eisenhower coach Shelby Allee said. “We were more consistent then we have been in a while and our defense was very scrappy. Isabel Trometer had a great night in the middle and hit over .400. I’m hopeful that we continue this trend and keep getting better throughout the year.”
Meanwhile, the losses left Goddard searching for its first win, which it achieved four days later at Arkansas City.
“Last Tuesday’s games were not our best, but highlighted several areas that needed work,” Mooney said. “We spent the remainder of our week working to better those areas. We have this week off so we will be working to refine a few more things before we resume competitions next week.”
Eisenhower played at Salina earlier this week against Andover Central and Salina Central and will play in a tournament at Maize on Saturday before heading across town on Tuesday to take on Goddard and Andover.
Raiders get first wins
The Argonia Raiders found home to be sweet indeed last Tuesday as they got their first two wins of the season, downing Wichita Home School 25-18, 25-22 and rolling past Cedar Vale/Dexter 25-9, 25-6.
“We came out and played well all around as a team,” Argonia coach Kim Quinn said. “We started out strong on offense and didn’t let up. The second match with Home School my main objective was to keep hitting. We are the team that if we make a couple of mistakes, we play it safe – then end up playing mostly defense. We swung at a high percentage of the balls that were on our side which is what got us the wins.”
With the wins, the Raiders improved to 2-2 and were ranked sixth in Class 1A Division II in last week’s Kansas Volleyball Association poll.
Argonia was slated to play in a tournament at Norwich last weekend, but it was canceled because of the pandemic. The Raiders were at Central Burden earlier this week and will head back there on Saturday for the Dexter tournament, which has moved there. Argonia then travels to Oxford on Tuesday.
The Raiders also have added a triangular with South Barber and Caldwell, in an effort to make up lost matches. The matches will begin at 6 p.m. at AHS, with Argonia facing South Barber. Argonia is in the late match at 8 p.m. against Caldwell.
Conway Springs looks for first win
The Conway Springs Cardinals entered this week in search of their first win of the season after dropping a triangular against Halstead and Wichita Trinity last Thursday.
The Cardinals fell to Halstead 20-25, 12-25 and to Wichita Trinity 11-25, 14-25.
The Cardinals took on Sunrise Academy earlier this week and head to a tournament at Chaparral on Saturday before hosting a triangular on Tuesday.
Owls down big schools and small
The Garden Plain Owls showed last week that they can beat both big schools and small schools. First, the Owls headed to Dodge City last Tuesday, downing the hosts 25-14, 25-20 and Great Bend 25-21, 25-21.
“I thought we struggled with consistency a little with Dodge City, but we had modified our lineup the day before because of injuries,” Clark said. “We had a couple of ankle tweaks in the game which again put us in different line ups, but I was proud of how the kids adjusted and made things work. We practice everyday in different situations and line ups for that very reason. I thought we improved on the night against Great Bend. We really took advantage of them with our outside hitters who combined for 18 kills. They really dominated on the outside, and I was pleased with their effort and Zoglman’s ability to get the ball to them.”
Hammond had 22 kills last Tuesday, while Puetz added 10 and also had six aces on the night. Christia Rose Gorges added four aces, Hammond had 19 digs and Zoglman added 37 assists.
Two days later, Garden Plain headed to Medicine Lodge and downed the host Indians 25-12, 25-7 and St. John 25-20, 25-13.
“For most of the evening, I was pleased with our play,” Clark said. “We had a couple of serving struggles in the early parts of sets, so I don’t think we have hit our serving percentage goals yet this year, but our hitters were pretty efficient. I thought Christia Rose Gorges had a good night and looked the best I’ve seen her look in transition and her level of confidence, she’s playing very well. We were able to get Naomi Dooley back into the rotation full-time, and with time, she’s just going to keep on improving.”
Puetz and Hammond had 14 and 13 kills, respectively, last Thursday, while Sophia Smith added nine aces, Gorges had six blocks, Madelyn Rolfs had 26 digs and Zoglman added 34 assists.
Clearwater splits pair at Andale
Before heading to Arkansas City last weekend, the Clearwater Indians headed to Andale last Tuesday and split a triangular, falling to host Andale 13-25, 18-25 and beating El Dorado 25-16, 25-23.
“We came out slower than I would’ve liked against El Dorado in set two, but fought back from an 11-point deficit to take the set and the match,” Noland said. “I was incredibly proud of the way they battled through that match to finish in two sets. Andale is always a great team and it showed last Tuesday night. Again, I was proud of our grit. We learned some things, made some adjustments, and played them much better in the second set.
Brooke Berlin led Clearwater in hitting last Tuesday at .545, while Brynne Noland led with 15 kills and Lill added 13. Tess Winter had seven aces. Defensively, McCoy had a team-high 17 digs, followed by Brynne Noland with 11 and Streit with seven.
The Indians headed to Wellington earlier this week to face Circle and the home team and will play in a tournament at Belle Plaine on Saturday before heading to Rose Hill on Tuesday to take on the host Rockets and Mulvane.