VOLLEYBALL: Lady Trojans runners-up in Waverly

MELVERN—The Marais des Cygnes Valley Lady Trojans ended their season with a runner-up finish in the Class 1A Division II sub-state Saturday at Waverly.

“I thought that we gave our all at sub-state,” said Mellissa Criqui, Lady Trojans’ head coach. “The girls worked well as a team and worked hard and never gave up.”

As the second seed, the Lady Trojans opened the five-team tournament with a first-round bye. MdCV advanced to the finals with a 25-8, 25-18 win over Colony-Crest.

In the finals, the Lady Trojans took a 25-18, 25-11 loss from Waverly, who advanced to state with a 26-8 record.

Lady Trojans concluded their season with a 12-15 record.

“We are a young team,” said Criqui. “With hard work in the off-season, we will have a lot of potential in the future.”

Lady Chargers fall in finals

BURLINGTON—The Santa Fe Trail Lady Chargers wrapped up their season in the Class 4A Division II sub-state tournament in Burlington, finishing shy of a win in the championship game.

The Lady Chargers opened the four-team sub-state with a 25-17, 25-12 win over Iola. Topeka’s Hayden advance from the other semifinal with a 25-14, 25-16 win over Burlington.

The two met in the finals, where Hayden concluded the Lady Chargers season with a 25-11, 25-10 win.

Lady Chargers end the season with a 30-9 record.

Lady Bearcats fall in quarterfinals

PEABODY—The Burlingame Lady Bearcats concluded their season at the Class 1A Sub-State tournament Saturday at Peabody-Burns.

The Lady Bearcats were seeded fifth in the five-team tournament, opening bracket with a 25-15, 22-25, 25-17 win over the hosts.

“We came out the first set playing the most solid set we have played all season,” said Chelsi Gardner, Lady Bearcats’ head coach. “The girls did a great job passing and playing defense, and we were solid offensively as well. The second set we stumbled a little bit.

“The final set of the match Kristen Kline played a tremendous offensive game and it was so nice to see that,” Gardner said.

The Lady Bearcats season concluded with a 25-7, 25-9 loss to Goesel in the semifinals. Goessel went on to clear Rural Vista 25-11, 25-13 in the sub-state championship.

“Goessel is a very talented volleyball team, and they will do very well at the state tournament,” Gardner said. “Usually the state champion comes out of whatever sub-state we are in, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Goessel be state champions, they’re a great team.”

In the tournament, Kaitlyn Zabokrtsky had 12 kills, 10 assists and 22 digs; Kristen Kline had 12 and 13 digs; Fallon Tyson had 22 assists; Caitlyn Bowman had 12 digs; and Sierra Kirwan had 4 kills.

The Lady Bearcats conclude the season with a 5-23 overall record.

“I have truly enjoyed spending time with this group of girls,” Gardner said. “They have worked hard for me every day all season long, and been nothing less than a complete blast to spend time with every day. While our record isn’t impressive, the relationships that we built this season are irreplaceable and the memories we made, we will carry those with us for a lifetime.

“I am so proud of these girls, and am happy beyond words that I got to be their coach this season,” Gardner said. “We are excited to pick up right where we left off next year and have a successful season.”

Lady Tigers 1-1 in sub-state

ALMA—The Lyndon Lady Tigers ended their season with a loss to Northern Heights in the play-in game of a nine-team sub-state at Wabaunsee High School.

“We won the first set 25-16, then lost the next two 22-25 and 17-25,” said Lyndon coach Heather Fuller.

Lyndon ended the year with a 5-24, improving slightly over the year before.

“My team had a much greater sense of camaraderie on the court, and we improved our defense and serving tremendously,” Fuller said. “We continued to struggle with hitting, blocking and serve receive, but I did see improvements there as well.

“I am looking forward to the next few years of Lyndon volleyball,” Fuller said. “ I hope that the players on my team will continue to work towards an improvement in our program.”

Lady Indians fall in first round

WELLSVILLE—The Osage City Lady Indians 25-19, 25-21 loss to Pleasant Ridge in the first round of the Class 3A Sub-State Tournament at Wellsville.

Lady Indians concluded the season with a 14-19 record.

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