GODDARD — The Arkansas City High School volleyball team recorded its second AV-CTL D-II victory of the season Tuesday night in a triangular at Goddard-Eisenhower.
Ark City fell to the host Lady Lions 25-13, 25-14, but came back to knock off Valley Center for a tightly-contested 17-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory.
“I am extremely proud of the girls after their performance last night. Even though we lost to Eisenhower to open the evening and the first set against Valley Center, they never stopped going in the VC match,” ACHS coach Lacy Colquhoun said. “We played pretty much point by point with them and were able to finish the match with a win.”
The Lady Bulldogs (13-20, 2-9 AV-CTL D-II) went to a 5-1 offense against the Lady Hornets (15-19, 4-8) that moved senior hitter Maggie Munson off the net into a setter role. She responded with 34 assists, the majority of them to leading attacker senior Taryn Rich, who pounded 22 kills to go with 13 digs.
“Taryn had a great all-around match. She has been a great leader all year, but last night she was on and when Taryn is on, there’s no stopping her,” Colquhoun said. “Maggie set all around and, as always, did great. She is a great teammate and plays every point with hustle and heart.”
Senior Lauren Camp pulled up 21 digs against Valley Center, while sophomore Natalie Niles added eight kills and a pair of blocks.
Musson was 15-of-16 serving with an ace, and Rich was 15 of 17 with an ace.
“Our defense was probably the best I have ever seen in the last three years I’ve coached,” Colquhoun said. “Valley Center’s, Elle Shank, an LSU sand volleyball commit for next year, is a phenomenal player all around and can hit the ball at a very high velocity anywhere on the court. Our girls were able to defend her better than I expected and for that, I am beyond proud. I could definitely say our defense won that match.”
The host Lady Lions (18-13, 5-7) were a much stiffer test.
Rich led the way with seven kills and was 7-of-8 serving, while Musson had 13 assists and went 7 of 8 at the line with an ace. Camp’s four digs led the defense.
The Lady Bulldogs end the regular season with a 5 p.m. triangular with Andover Central at Derby. The match against the Lady Jaguars (8-28, 0-11) is the final league match of the season.
“Our plan is to take last night’s win and fuel off of it as we end our regular-season matches next Tuesday in Derby and get ready for postseason,” Colquhoun said.