Twelve high school volleyball teams converged Saturday on Ollie Thomas Gymnasium for the annual Early Bird Tournament.
The host Lady Vikings compiled a 2-3 record. Arch Rival Arkansas City went 3-2, including a 25-22, 25-20 victory against Winfield in head-to-head competition.
Ark City Christian Academy went 0-5, falling to the Lady Vikings 25-11, 25-12 and losing to Ark City 25-20, 25-14.
The Lady Bulldogs opened with the two wins against Cowley County opponents before dropping a heartbreaking 26-24, 23-25, 25-23 to El Dorado, one of two teams to finish 5-0.
“After starting the first set with a loss, I’m proud of the girls for not giving up and coming back with a second set win before falling short in the third set,” ACHS coach Lacy Colquhoun said. “That’s what I love about this team — even though we didn’t win the match, they never quit and kept fighting the entire match.”
Ark City bounced back by rolling to a 25-16, 25-17 triumph against Conway Springs before ending the day with a 25-17, 25-16 setback to preseason Class 4A No. 2-ranked Andale, the other team to finish 5-0.
“The girls always look forward to playing Winfield and the competitive rivalry there always makes the match so much more fun,” Colquhoun said. “Andale always puts a well rounded good team together. We hit the ball well and had some nice digs, but finding that hole was hard as they covered the court well and just terminated the ball better than us. Playing teams like that is great for us. It makes us better and is gearing us up for league play as we have a very tough league.”
ACHS seniors Taryn Rich and Maggie Musson led the offensive attack for the day with 46 and 34 kills, respectively. Musson also dished out 47 assists and pulled up 29 digs while going 52 of 56 with a team-high 13 aces from the service line. Rich recorded 39 digs and went 38-of-43 serving with seven aces.
Junior Hailey Trent offered 43 assists and 27 digs, and went 31 of 36 from the line with four aces. Junior Hadley Colquhoun chipped in 12 kills and five blocks, and missed just 2 of 28 serves, with seven aces. Senior libero Lauren Camp pulled up a team-high 51 digs.
“Overall, we played great as a team,” Coach Colquhoun said. “The communication gets better every match and the girls are meshing better every outing.”
The Lady Vikings defeated ACCA 25-11, 25-12 and swept Wellington 25-19, 25-16. Winfield also fell to Mulvane 25-21, 25-16 and Andale 25-14, 25-16.
“I think we are still learning to play together,” WHS coach Aubree Vargas said. “We got two wins and played two tight games. I have high hopes for this team — they will be a force to reckon with by the end of this season.”
WHS senior Paulina Gorska pounded a team-high 22 kills, including eight in the loss to Mulvane. She also went 16 of 20 from the service line. Senior Chloe Hoffman added 13 kills, six in the loss to Andale, and missed just 1 of 30 serves, including a 12-of-12 effort against Wellington.
Junior Kylar Graham was 27-of-33 serving, including 11 of 11 against Wellington, and reeled off four aces. Senior Emmah Sultz dished out 29 assists and 10 digs while going 25 of 26 from the line, including 11 of 11 against ACCA, and reeled off five aces.
Sophomore Mikayla Konrade pounded nine kills against ACCA and pulled up 10 digs against Wellington. She was 26-of-30 serving, including 9 of 9 against Mulvane, and fired four aces. Junior Haley Gedrose had 15 assists and 10 digs to go with four kills against Wellington.
“Our seniors did a good job leading others,” Vargas said. “We now know what we need to work on and where we need to improve.”
The teams are right back on the court today. Andover and Maize South visit Arkansas City at 5 p.m. for an AV-CTL D-II triangular, while Winfield and El Dorado travel to Buhler for a 5 p.m. AV-CTL D-III triangular.
Winfield Early Bird Tournament
Saturday at Ollie Thomas Gymnasium
Ark City Christian05.000
Arkansas City def. Ark City Christian 25-20, 25-14
Mulvane def. Winfield 25-21, 25-16
El Dorado def. Chanute 12-25, 25-13, 25-21
Arkansas City def. Winfield 25-22, 25-20
Chanute def. Ark City Christian 25-16, 25-9
El Dorado def. Mulvane 25-13, 25-7
Winfield def. Ark City Christian 25-11, 25-12
El Dorado def. Arkansas City 26-24, 23-25, 25-23
Chanute def. Mulvane 25-13, 25-19
Arkansas City def. Conway Springs 25-16, 25-17
Andale def. Winfield 25-14, 25-16
El Dorado def. Wellington 25-8, 25-21
Andale def. Arkansas City 25-17, 25-16
El Dorado def. Conway Springs 25-11, 27-25
Winfield def. Wellington 25-19, 25-16
Wichita Trinity def. Wellington 25-12, 25-10
Andale def. Augusta 25-11, 25-23
Augusta def. Conway Springs 27-25, 25-6
Buhler def. Wichita Trinity 25-18, 27-25
Wellington def. Conway Springs 25-10, 25-15
Andale def. Buhler 25-17, 25-16
Buhler def. Wellington 25-12, 25-13
Wichita Trinity def. Augusta 25-18, 25-21
Andale def. Conway Springs 25-7, 25-20
Wichita Trinity def. Chanute 25-18, 25-13
Buhler def. Mulvane 25-18, 25-23
Augusta def. Ark City Christian 25-18, 25-10
Wichita Trinity def. Mulvane 25-14, 25-13
Augusta def. Chanute 26-24, 25-16
Buhler def. Ark City Christian 25-10, 25-8