The Arkansas City High School volleyball team split an AV-CTL D-II triangular on Senior night Tuesday in The Dawg Pound.
The Lady Bulldogs swept a thrilling 25-23, 30-28 victory against Andover Central, but fell to Class 5A No. 7-ranked Goddard 22-25, 25-16, 25-11.
“We had a great night of volleyball ending our final home match for this season and recognizing our seniors and their dedication to this program over the last four years,” ACHS coach Lacy Colquhoun said.
“It’s always a bittersweet night for these girls. They all played well and each one contributed something to our win against Andover Central and our set win against Goddard. They have been a great group of girls to work with over the past few years and will definitely be missed in the future.”
The Lady Bulldogs (11-15, 1-8 AV-CTL D-II) kept Andover Central winless in league play.
Senior Maggie Musson pounded 16 kills to go with 17 digs and 11 assists while serving 11 of 12, with one ace against the Lady Jaguars (8-26, 0-9). Sophomore Natalie Niles added nine kills and senior Taryn Rich chipped in eight.
Senior Lauren Camp pulled up 21 digs and was 8 of 8 at the line, while junior Hailey Trent dished out 20 assists while 11 of 11 at the line.
“We came out strong against Andover Central,” Colquhoun said. “Our block coverage was on and our passing was phenomenal. It’s always good to get the win in front of your home crowd.”
The Lady Bulldogs might have caught Goddard by surprise with the upset in the first set. Ark City played the Lady Lions (23-3, 8-2) fairly well despite dropping the next two sets.
“Our first set with Goddard couldn’t have gone any better,” Colquhoun said. “We jumped right on top of them quickly and never let them take the lead. The energy the crowd had was awesome and it kept our girls fueled.”
Rich led the offense with 10 kills and Niles added seven against the Lady Lions. Camp (14) and Musson (12) combined for 26 digs, with Musson reeling off four aces. Junior Hadley Colquhoun went 15 of 15 from the line with a pair of aces, and Niles was 9 of 9 with two aces.
Musson (12) and Trent (10) combined for 22 assists.
“Having the girls know they can beat a top-ranked team is big, especially going into the end of our season and post-season right around the corner,” Coach Colquhoun said. “Natalie Niles had a great night of hitting. (She) has really transitioned her sophomore year into a great middle hitter. It’s not easy to do, especially when you are used to hitting pins. She loves to compete and will only get better every outing.
“Our back row had some great digs last night that kept us in both matches. They are reading the setter and hitter better and being set to dig the ball.”
The Lady Bulldogs play at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Derby Invitational.