Chieftains eager for big home tournament
The Tonganoxie volleyball team is ready to play. With just three matches in one month, THS coach Tiffany Parker said the varsity team is eager for competition.
"We're tired of playing ourselves," Parker said.
The varsity's first and last action was Sept. 6 at Bonner Springs. Add in the start of practice Aug. 13 with one night of regular season play, and the Chieftains haven't played much lately, until Tuesday, when the team played Piper and Perry-Lecompton at Piper. Match results can be found in next week's edition of The Mirror.
Matches last week at De Soto were canceled because of the World Trade Center and Pentagon crises.
The team's first home matches will be Saturday. The tournament starts at 8 a.m. and will be played in the junior high and high school gymnasiums.
The junior varsity hasn't played since home matches, also played Sept. 6. The freshmen, though, continue to play. The youngest THS squad is now 11-3 after taking third in the Kaw Valley League Tournament on Saturday at Mill Valley.
The Chieftains lost to Immaculata 15-2, 15-9 in the semifinals before defeating Mill Valley 15-4, 15-8 in the consolation match.
In pool play, Tonganoxie went 3-1 by defeating Piper (15-0,15-0), Basehor-Linwood (15-5, 15-1) and Lansing (15-12, 15-8). Santa Fe Trail handed THS its lone pool-play loss, 15-12, 15-6.
Freshmen coach LeAnn Bond praised her team's continued success.
"I was very pleased because we were placed in a very difficult pool and the girls played well the whole day," Bond said. "They were very tired by the end, but I was proud of them."
The Chieftains also won home matches Thursday, defeating Perry (15-7, 15-8), De Soto (15-6, 15-0) and Baldwin (15-7, 15-10).