Volleyball nets second in De Soto
In the words of the '80s group Loverboy, "Everybody's Working for the Weekend."
For Tonganoxie High, "Working on the Weekend" is more appropriate.
Once again, Tonganoxie High volleyball players punched their timecards Saturday, this time in the De Soto Spike Fest Tournament.
The Chieftains went 5-1 in the tournament, reaching the championship in which they lost to Baldwin 15-6, 10-15, 15-6. The match was Tonganoxie's third of the day to go to three games.
"We had a reason to be unfocused because of homecoming weekend," THS coach Tiffany Parker said. "But that wasn't an issue."
Tonganoxie actually got off to a slow start, dropping its first game to Spring Hill, 15-7, but the Chieftains responded, taking the next two games, 15-4, 15-11. Against Barstow School, Kansas City, Mo., THS finished in two games, winning 15-8, 15-6.
The rest of pool play was much the same. Tonganoxie defeated Iola, 15-9, 15-5, and De Soto, 15-3, 15-11.
In the semifinals, the Chieftains again fell behind early, losing game one 15-6. THS returned the favor with the same score in game two, then took the rubber game, 15-11.
The team's efforts throughout the tournament satisfied Parker.
"We did play better," Parker said. "We played with a lot of confidence in this tournament.
The Chieftains were without Kelly Breuer during the tournament. The junior injured her ankle last week in practice, which forced Parker to make some changes. Senior Jennifer Reischman moved from an outside hitter to the middle, a place she played a few times last season. Sophomore Addie Heim also switched, going from the left to the right outside hitter.
Parker said the players adjusted well, while another senior had a strong showing in the tournament.
"Vanessa Wardy really played well," Parker said.
Wardy and the Chieftains almost won their first tournament of the season, meeting a previous foe in the finals. THS defeated Baldwin in two games in the Chieftains' first quadrangular earlier this season, but the Bulldogs returned the gesture Saturday. Baldwin is now 25-7, while Tonganoxie is 21-9.
The team suffered two of those marks in the loss column Oct. 8 in a triangular in Lansing. Tonganoxie was disposed of quickly, dropping a match to 4A juggernaut Lansing, 15-7, 15-4, before losing to Mill Valley, 15-9, 15-9.
The team hoped to change its recent midweek swoons Tuesday. Tonganoxie had its last Kaw Valley League games with a triangular near Carbondale against Santa Fe Trail and De Soto.
Results from those matches will appear in next week's edition of The Mirror.
Tonganoxie's final regular season matches will be in a quadrangular Oct. 24 in Lawrence against Free State, Topeka High and Blue Valley West.
Parker isn't bothered about whether THS can compete with the 6A and 5A opponents.
"If we play well, we'll be able to beat them," she said. "If we play scared, we won't."