THS runs out of gas in Ottawa Tourney
After a slow start Saturday at the Ottawa Tournament, the Tonganoxie volleyball team had to go much faster.
The Chieftains lost to Shawnee Mission West in their first match, then played four consecutive matches and went 2-3.
A team pulled out of the tournament last week and scheduling left THS playing four matches in a row.
"It was just a scheduling screw-up, basically," said THS coach Tiffany Parker.
The team didn't play with much heart against Shawnee Mission West, Parker said, but played better in their next matches.
Against Olathe East, the Chieftains lost 16-14, 15-5, but Parker was more comfortable with their play.
"It was a totally different team," Parker said.
Tonganoxie earned its first victory against host-team Ottawa. The Chieftains defeated the Cyclones 15-8, 3-15, 15-13. THS continued its marathon with games against Pittsburg. The Chieftains held on with a 15-5, 14-16, 20-18 match win.
After the extended game against Pittsburg, Tonganoxie couldn't continue its winning streak. The Chieftains had a 7-1 lead in the first game, but fell to Blue Valley West 15-13, 15-4.
"We rode that high for a little while," Parker said about the 20-18 win. "Then we just got tired."
Parker said the team now knows what it's like to compete hard and win. She has also seen consistent play from Nancy Milleret.
"Nancy played well," Parker said. "She's kind of our steady player."
THS is now 9-8 on the season. The Chieftains played Lansing and Mill Valley at Tonganoxie for Parents' Night on Tuesday. Results will appear in next week's Mirror.