Volleyball roundup: Campus, Conway, Eisenhower and Goddard fall at substate

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By Michael Buhler

Colts fall in substate opener

The Campus Colts gave Class 6A substate host Wichita Southeast a tough fight last Saturday afternoon in the substate semifinals before falling 25-21, 18-25, 19-25 to the host Buffaloes.
With the loss, Campus ends the season with a record of 8-22.
Last Tuesday, the Colts finished the regular season with losses to Newton (11-25, 21-25) and Andover (18-25, 16-25).
However, better days might be ahead for the Colts. Most of their lineup can return, as Reece Likes and Mylana Moore were juniors this season and Mak O’Bryan, Taryn Kondo and Caitlyn Smith were all sophomores.

Conway Springs loses at 2A

The Conway Springs Cardinals ran into a tough Garden Plain squad in the opening round of the Class 2A substate at Garden Plain last Saturday afternoon and dropped a 13-25, 14-25 decision to end their season.
“I thought that we prepared all week well for Garden Plain, but in the end, it was our own little mistakes that cost us,” Conway Springs coach April Zoglmann said. “They’re a good team and they’ll always be a team we strive for each season.”
Kyla Echelberry had six kills and two blocks in the loss, while Melainy Kennard added five assists and Lizzy Curry had 11 digs.
Conway Springs (5-20) ended the regular season last Tuesday by splitting a CPL triangular with Kingman and Douglass, falling to Kingman 23-25, 19-25 but downing Douglass 26-24, 25-13.

Tigers, Lions see seasons end at Maize South

The Eisenhower Tigers saw their season end in the semifinal round of Class 5A substate play at Maize South, as Eisenhower suffered a 17-25, 22-25 loss to the Maize Eagles last Saturday afternoon.
“Substate did not go as we hoped, but I still thought they played fairly well,” Eisenhower coach Shelby Allee said. “Maize was a tough team and I’m proud of the way they competed. Isy Trometer was amazing for us in the middle. She had an incredible game.”
The Tigers (15-16) finished the regular season last Tuesday with a pair of wins, downing Hays 25-19, 25-18 and Salina Central 25-9, 25-22.
“I am losing my setter, Faith Madzey, and libero, Anicia Tyson-Salas,” Allee said. “I am really sad to be losing their leadership, but I am excited to see the younger classes step up and fill in these roles.”
Meanwhile, the Goddard Lions also lost in the semifinal round of Class 5A substate play, falling 3-25, 15-25 to host (and eventual substate champion) Maize South.
The Lions end their season with a record of 1-26. Their lone win came on Sept. 12 at the Arkansas City invite, when they downed the host school 25-13, 25-22.