Archive for Thursday, October 24, 2002

Tonganoxie volleyball has loaded field with Lansing

October 24, 2002

It could be d vu Saturday for Tonganoxie in a 4A volleyball substate tournament.

In last year's bracket, No. 3 Tonganoxie advanced to the finals after beating No. 2 Bishop Ward. The Chieftains then lost to No. 1 Lansing in the finals of the substate tournament on Lansing's home court.

This year, the venue shifts to Tonganoxie, but the top three teams most likely will assume the same spots.

Lansing enters the postseason with a salty 35-1 record, while Bishop Ward is 23-9. Before Tuesday's matches in Lawrence, Tonganoxie was 22-10. Ward and Tonganoxie results didn't make The Mirror's deadline, but those schools will likely be the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds respectively again. The records seem to be stronger overall this year, but THS coach Tiffany Parker said that's not a concern.

"I'm not worried about it," she said. "Basically come this time of year, if you haven't done your job previously, there's nothing you can do about it now. "You get what you get."

The Chieftains will receive another chance to play in front of the home crowd. Parker said her players have been talking about it in practice and are excited about the opportunity.

"I'm just excited that it gives more Tonganoxie people an opportunity to see us play in a high-pressure situation," Parker said. "I hope we get a lot of support."

Eudora is the only change from last season's substate field. Atchison moved out of the bracket, while Mill Valley, Piper, Basehor-Linwood and De Soto will again be in the field. At 19-13, Eudora is the No. 4 seed.

The tournament begins at 2 p.m. in the THS gymnasium. The championship match is expected to begin around 5 p.m. with the winner advancing to the state tournament to be played Nov. 1-2 in Salina's Bicentennial Center.

After the championship, either Lansing will celebrate yet another state berth or somebody else will knock off the perennial power.

"I'm not worried about who we play, I'm just worried about how we play," Parker said.

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