LA CYGNE—The Santa Fe Trail Lady Chargers qualified for the Class 4A Division II State Volleyball Tournament in Salina after winning the sub-state tournament Saturday at Prairie View High School.
The Lady Chargers defeated fourth seeded Osawatomie 25-5, 25-7 in the first round before dispatching Eudora 25-20, 25-15 in the finals.
“We had no problem with Osawatomie,” said SFT coach Joy Schmidt. “We came out a bit tight against Eudora and we struggled until it was about 13 all. We put a rally together and gained a five-point advantage and maintained that down the stretch. The second game we broke it open and never looked back.”
Schmidt also credited strong support from family and fans with SFT’s success Saturday. Last weekend’s win marks the Lady Chargers’ 15th trip to the state tournament, including four championships between 1990 and 2005.
The third-seeded Lady Chargers (35-4) will play in Pool II on Friday at the Salina Bicentennial Center, beginning with Clay Center (25-14) at 4:30 p.m.
“One of our team goals at the beginning of the season was to make it to state,” Schmidt said. “Now they want to earn their plaque on the gym wall and in the trophy case. We are ready.”
Lady Cats fall in semis
ESKRIDGE—The Burlingame Lady Bearcats were the only other team from Osage County to survive the first round of postseason play. The success of the first round didn’t translate into the next round, where Burlingame ended the season with a semifinal loss to Olpe.
“I was so pleased with the way we came out the first set,” said Burlingame coach Chelsi Gardner. “Winning that match was a very exciting win for my team, they were extremely excited. We turned around and played Olpe immediately, who is a good team. Unfortunately, that didn’t come out in our favor.”
The Lady Bearcats won a 2-1 battle with Lyndon in the first round, winning the first game 25-21, losing the second 25-21, and winning the third 25-22.
“We came out strong and focused against Lyndon,” Gardner said. “The second set, we came out quick, and got an 8-0 start, but lost momentum quickly. The third game was a hard fought battle. Hayley Lewis and Ashton Dorr really stepped up as leaders and carried us through it. They proved to be true leaders for our team once again.”
Burlingame came up short in the next round, falling 25-17, 25-15 to Olpe in the semifinals. Olpe lasted just one more round, falling 25-23, 25-17 to Mission Valley in the championship.
The sub-state tournament wrapped up the careers of Burlingame seniors Hayley Lewis and Ashton Dorr.
“These two girls have been varsity girls with me for four years, and are possibly two of the best volleyball players to come through Burlingame,” Gardner said. “They are both quality people with great leadership skills. Our team would not have had the success the last four years without these two irreplaceable people. I know they will have much success in whatever they choose to go on and do.”
Lady Trojans end year at Lebo
LEBO—The Marais des Cygnes Valley Lady Trojans wrapped up their season with a hard-fought 25-15, 25-22 loss to Marmaton Valley Saturday at the Class 2A Sub-State at Lebo.
“Although, it didn’t end the way we hoped it would, it was a good year in that we made improvements night in and night out and played with some of the best teams in the Lyon County League,” said MdCV Coach Donald Dyke.
“As a team, we served 95 percent accuracy with only two errors between the two sets,” Dyke said.
Jodi Rager had 6 kills in the match; Ashlie Bailey and Erin Coffman each had three kills. Andi Bush had 6 digs; Zarin Goodrich finished with 5 digs.
“Samantha Volkman and Bonni Beery did a good job passing the ball,” Dyke said. “Chevelle Balcacer stepped in and played for a sick Katie Miles, who gave it a try but was under the weather. The ten girls who played at sub-state did a great job coming together and fighting to the very end.”
The tournament concluded the careers of MdCV seniors Jenny Flewelling, Katie Miles, Erin Coffman, Morgan Coffman, Ashley Bailey and Andi Bush.
“The six seniors will be greatly missed,” Dyke said. “Several sophomores and juniors got lots of valuable varsity time that will hopefully be very beneficial for this team next year.”
Lady Indians end year at Rossville
ROSSVILLE—A rough season came to a close for the Osage City Lady Indians with a first-round loss Saturday in the Class 3A Sub-State at Rossville.
The eighth-seeded Lady Indians took on a state-bound Silver Lake team, losing 25-8, 25-4. Silver Lake handed similar losses to Rossville and Wellsville to win the tournament.
“We finished strong at sub-state and played as well as we could,” said Osage City coach Tara Durkin. “Silver Lake was a tough team and they will represent our sub-state well at state this weekend. We set goals to achieve in the match and most of them we met, so it was a moral victory for us.”
The Lady Indians ended the season with a 2-30 record. Team leaders included Kaitlyn Swindale with 36 aces and 277 digs; Bailey May with 246 assists; Riley Shubert with 115 kills and 39 solo blocks; and Kelsey Lawless with 80 kills and 35 solo blocks.
“We will look to improve over the off-season and hope to have a better season next fall,” Durkin said.