Volleyball roundup: Garden Plain take second at Goddard tourney

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Cheney places third, Tigers fourth

By Michael Buhler
TSnews

With substate volleyball tournaments set to begin Saturday, the Garden Plain Owls wanted to get some momentum when they played at the Goddard Invitational last Saturday.
Mission accomplished.
The smallest school at Goddard, the Owls took second at the tournament, downing Eisenhower 25-20, 25-22 in the semifinals before falling to undefeated Andale 20-25, 11-25 in the championship. In last Saturday’s other semifinal, Cheney lost to Andale 24-26, 19-25.
Earlier in the day, Garden Plain went 2-1 in pool play, beating Andover 25-18, 20-25, 25-23 and El Dorado 25-11, 25-12, but falling to Andale 11-25, 18-25.
“Goddard was a tough tournament,” Garden Plain coach Gina Clark said. “We had a hard-fought win over Andover at the beginning of the day that we knew we needed if we were going to make it to bracket play. Our win over State-ranked (No. 10 in Class 5A) Eisenhower was a good win to take us to the championship. I was proud of our kids for how they continue to fight and work hard to find improvements in this part of our schedule, which is really tough.”
Two other local schools met for third at the Goddard Invitational, with Cheney edging out Eisenhower 25-15, 25-16 after suffering a three-set loss to the Tigers earlier in the day. Eisenhower won that match 25-21, 22-25, 25-12.
The Tigers and Cardinals both won their other pool matches at Goddard, with Eisenhower downing Goddard 25-9, 25-5 and Campus 25-19, 25-22, while Cheney downed Campus 25-11, 25-19 and Goddard 25-5, 25-11.
Meanwhile, the Lions went 1-2 at the tournament, downing Campus 25-19, 25-21, while Campus lost all three of its matches. Emerson Wedel had six kills for Goddard in the win over Campus.
It also was a memorable day for one Owl in particular, as Garden Plain defensive specialist Sydney Puetz recorded her 1,000th career dig during the tournament.
“Syd went into the day needing 57 digs to get to 1,000, so we knew it would be close,” Clark said. “She achieved No. 1,000 during the Eisenhower game – and that will be memorable because she was playing very well and digging, digging, digging in that game to keep the ball alive for us. She has worked very hard to get to this milestone, but I know her first desire is to get this team a state championship, and that’s what drives her effort.”
Celia Puetz had 24 kills in the three pool matches, while Molly Zoglman added 16. Madelyn Rolfs had five aces against El Dorado and Ryleigh Stuhlsatz had 59 assists in those three matches.
Meanwhile, Cheney coach Sara Walkup was pleased with her team’s finish at Goddard.
“The Goddard tournament always falls at a good time for us,” Cheney coach Sara Walkup said. “We play good teams and it makes us have to work harder than ever to continue getting better before sub-state. We had some ups and downs during the day, but the best part was seeing Eisenhower and Andale and having to find a way to play together and have everyone contribute to find success. Andale is a very good team and I really felt like we competed well against them.”
Campbell Hague had 36 kills last Saturday, including 10 each in pool matches against Eisenhower and Campus, and also had six aces against Goddard. Alex Bittner had 61 digs last Saturday, while Jailyn Adolph added 59, and Elina Bartlett dished off 83 assists.
Meanwhile, Eisenhower coach Shelby Allee had mixed feelings about her team’s play at Goddard.
“I think we played really well during pool play, but was disappointed with our play during bracket,” Allee said. “I think the girls had a really great opportunity to place higher than that, but didn’t take advantage. We really struggled offensively this weekend and it’s hard to win games if we aren’t converting.”
Addison Verbeck had 24 digs in the pool win over Cheney, while Hayden Yuza and Delainee Dexter combined for 32 assists. Dexter also had eight kills in the match – as did Langley Barger – while Kila Respress added seven. Yuza and Dexter combined for 101 assists last Saturday, while Verbeck had 63 digs and Taylor Burkholder added 53.
“I think during pool we played some of our best volleyball of the season,” Allee said. “I feel optimistic about our chances if we continue to build on that this weekend. We have a pretty tough road to get to State, but if they play how they’re capable of, we have a strong chance.”

Clearwater third at own invite; Conway Springs goes 0-3

The Clearwater Indians turned in one of their better performances of the season last Saturday as they took third at their own invitational. The Indians went 2-1 in pool play, downing Conway Springs 25-12, 25-13 and South Haven 25-22, 25-13 but falling to Hesston 23-25, 25-21, 23-25.
In the semifinals, Clearwater lost to Wichita Trinity 15-23, 23-25 before bouncing back to beat Rose Hill 17-25, 25-20, 26-24 in the third-place match.
“Sophomores Kenzy McArtor, Madison Williams and Kaylee Hampton all had big days at our home tournament and were selected to the All-Tournament team.” Clearwater coach Adrienne Noland said. “Our team showed a ton of grit and finished third winning a three-set thriller vs. Rose Hill in the consolation match.”
Meanwhile, Conway Springs dropped all three of its matches at the tournament. In addition to losing to host Clearwater, the Cardinals lost to South Haven 19-25, 25-18, 19-25 and Hesston 9-25, 14-25.

CPL update

Cheney picked up two more Central Plains League wins last Tuesday, downing Douglass 25-15, 25-17 and Medicine Lodge 25-10, 25-11.
“We were happy to get two more league wins on senior night last Tuesday,” Walkup said. “It’s always good to play at home and play well, and I felt like we did that.”
Campbell Hague had 16 kills that night and Anna Martin added 10. Jailyn Adolph had 24 digs that night, while Alex Bittner added 17. Elina Bartlett finished the evening with 37 assists.
The Cardinals played Conway Springs and Wichita Independent earlier this week with a chance to wrap up a CPL title and a perfect season in league play. They play Saturday at the Kingman substate, where they are the top seed.
“We need to keep working and getting better,” Walkup said. “This is the point in the season where we can be complacent and just go through the motions and have a mediocre finish. Or we can keep grinding and working hard to finish strong. I know that’s what I want for our team and I know the girls do, too.”
Conway Springs dropped a pair of CPL matches last Tuesday, falling to Chaparral 21-25, 18-25 and Belle Plaine 12-25, 12-25. The Cardinals from northwestern Sumner County took on Cheney, Wichita Independent and Wichita Trinity and will join Garden Plain at the Dexter substate Saturday.
Meanwhile, Garden Plain downed Wichita Independent 25-5, 25-5 and Kingman 25-20, 25-18 last Tuesday. Molly Zoglman had 12 kills against Independent and 10 against Kingman. Haidyn Thompson had 10 aces against Indpendent, while Ryleigh Stuhlsatz added five against Kingman and Celia Puetz had four against Independent.
The Owls wrapped up the regular season earlier this week against Medicine Lodge and Belle Plaine and head to the Dexter substate Saturday.
“We have a good draw for sub-state,” Clark said. “We may not be a No. 1 seed, but I’m confident that our tough schedule has put us in the right place to be ready for whoever we match up with in the bracket.”

AVCTL update

The Tigers split a pair of Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division II matches last Tuesday, downing Arkansas City 25-10, 25-20, but losing to Valley Center 25-15, 24-26, 23-25.
Kila Respress had 17 kills on the night, while Delainee Dexter had 13 and Langley Barger added 11. Peyton Winter had four aces – three against Arkansas City – while Addison Verbeck and Taylor Burkholder each had 25 digs. Dexter also had 31 assists and Hayden Yuza added 21.
Eisenhower heads to the Hutchinson substate Saturday and opens with Great Bend. The winner takes on either Hutchinson or Maize for the substate championship.
Goddard dropped a pair of AVCTL Division II matches last Tuesday, falling to Andover 10-25, 20-25 and to Andover Central 21-25, 9-25. Emerson Wedel had 12 kills on the night – eight against Andover Central – and Lauren Broz finished the evening with 17 assists.
The Lions will play at the Maize South substate Saturday and open play at 1 p.m. against Salina South. The winner gets top-seeded Maize South in the next match, with the winner playing either Valley Center or Kapaun Mt. Carmel for the substate title.
Clearwater split a pair of matches last Tuesday, downing Augusta 25-15, 25-22 but falling to Wichita Collegiate 22-25, 21-25.
“Kenzy McArtor, Madison Williams and Kaylee Hampton were solid last Tuesday, while Elizabeth Tjaden had another tough defensive day with 15 digs and three aces on Tuesday,” Noland said. “Our serve-pass game has steadily improved during the last half of the season and we’re excited to carry that momentum into the postseason.”
The Indians closed the regular season earlier this week against Collegiate and Andale, then play Saturday at the Andale substate and will take on Abilene in semifinal action. The winner likely will play Andale for the substate championship.
Campus lost a pair of AVCTL Division I matches last Tuesday, falling to Derby 23-25, 17-25 and to Maize 13-25, 23-25. The Colts concluded their regular season earlier this week against Newton and Andover.
The Colts will head to the Liberal substate Saturday and kick off play with a semifinal matchup against Wichita North. The winner will face either Liberal or Topeka for the substate title.

Raiders pick up pair of wins

The Argonia Raiders bounced back from a fourth-place finish at the South Central Border League Tournament by winning a pair of matches last Tuesday, downing Sunrise Christian 25-23, 25-21 and South Haven 25-16, 25-12
Autumn Coleman had 10 kills last Tuesday, while Tori Morrison added nine. Kara Jones had 26 assists, while Lakelyn Love had nine aces and Morrison added four. Maya Jones led the defense with 24 digs, while Coleman added 14 and the duo of Kara Jones and Heidi McCurley each had 12. Abigail Harbin had three blocks and Coleman had a pair.
Argonia headed to Attica to wrap up the regular season earlier this week and will be back at Attica for substate, where it was expected to earn the second seed as TSNews was going to press.