Rally gets volleyball on top
Tiffany Parker's volleyball team is approaching this season as an opportunity for a fresh start after a 9-24 record last year.
Tonganoxie went 2-1 in a quadrangular at Bonner Springs last Thursday. The Chieftains defeated Bonner Springs, dropped a match to Baldwin, then won a hard-fought three-game match against Atchison in the nightcap.
After losing game one 15-3, Tonganoxie trailed in game two 9-7 before an 8-0 run evened the match with a 15-9 victory.
Then came the crowd-pleaser. After falling behind again 5-0, then 6-2, the Chieftains went on an 11-0 run.
In the midst of an Atchison rally, senior Andrea Korb came out of the game after having asthma problems. Korb recovered on the bench while Tonganoxie recovered on the court in a 15-13 win.
The Chieftains' determination was a testament to the team for Parker.
"They played well as a team," Parker said. "They're scrappy, especially on defense."
Game one wasn't the greatest example of Parker's views, but some incentive helped win the match.
"They were wearing tired expressions," Parker said. "I told them 'if you look tired, then you must be tired, so we'll do more conditioning in practice.'"
The Chieftains responded and now take their 2-1 record into a matches at Piper next Tuesday against Paola and Piper.
At Bonner Springs, Tonganoxie had to play with a different lineup after senior Amy Eisman severely sprained her ankle in practice last week. She's expected to return in two weeks. In the meantime, senior Kelly Breuer took Eisman's spot in the middle.
"She played well considering she's had little experience there," Parker said.
The Chieftains also had increased contribution from Vanessa Wardy. The junior showed she could provide points in the quadrangular.
"She realized she could score points for us," Parker said.
Tonganoxie had no problem scoring against Bonner Springs. The Chieftains' momentum stayed constant in 15-8 and 15-9 wins.
Next came Baldwin, a traditional power that the Chieftains couldn't overcome. The Bulldogs won 15-6, 15-10, but Parker thought her team played well.
"We passed well," Parker said. "Baldwin is a very solid team."
Baldwin went 3-0 at Bonner Springs and improved to 6-3 on the season.
The Chieftains won't have their first home matches until Sept. 22. Tonganoxie will play against the same foes: Baldwin, Bonner Springs and Atchison.
They're on fire The junior varsity also played Thursday night. The Chieftains played host to a quadrangular and started the season 3-0. They beat Bonner Springs 15-1, 13-15, 15-0; Atchison 15-4, 15-4; and Baldwin 15-10, 15-7.
The varsity, junior varsity and freshmen now have a combined record of 8-1 after the first week of the season.