Volleyball places fourth at tourney
Instead of icing the competition, the Tonganoxie girls volleyball team iced ankles and backs Saturday.
The Chieftains finished fourth in their own tournament, and by the end of the day, the players were a sore, tired bunch.
Sara Poje had an icepack on her back. Sammy Schiltz and Leslie Starcher nursed sore ankles.
The Chieftains started strong, beating Perry Lecompton 2-1, and Kansas City Christian 2-1, before losing to Basehor-Linwood 2-1.
Sara Poje said the first two games were among the best the team had played this year.
The Chieftains rebounded in three games against Cass Midway, winning 2-1.
At times Tonganoxie had three sophomores on the floor Keri Walker setting, Aimee Eisman in the front row and Andrea Korb, who had been starting for the junior varsity.
LeAnn Bond, Tonganoxie volleyball coach, added Korb to the roster just in case the team had some injuries.
"I brought her up in case, and I'm glad I did," Bond said.
Despite winning their pool play, the Chieftains were unable to beat Hiawatha, losing 2-0.
In the third place game, the team's fatigue and injuries were obvious. The rematch with Cass Midway ended in a 2-0 loss.
"We're too up and down," Poje said.
She said Walker did a good job of setting.
Sarah Overbaugh and Poje were two of the ten players selected by coaches for the all-tournament team. Poje was also named best defensive player.
At Perry-Lecompton Triangular
Games in Perry were no different from those at the Tonganoxie tournament.
After jumping out to an 11-4 lead and winning the first game against Piper, the Chieftains lost consecutive games 12-15 and 9-15.
The team played better against Perry-Lecompton, winning 15-6, 15-9.
Junior varsity notes
The junior varsity improved to 9-1 with wins at Perry-Lecompton.
The junior varsity defeated Perry-Lecompton 2-0 (15-2, 15-5).
The junior varsity defeated Piper 2-1 (15-1, 13-15, 15-3).
The varsity and junior varsity played Tuesday night at home.