Solid silver for Tonganoxie
THS knocks off Great Bend before losing to Olathe East
Tonganoxie couldn't overtake a couple of Class 6A volleyball Goliaths, but the Chieftains did catch one of their brothers.
Playing in its home invitational Saturday, Tonganoxie lost to 6A Manhattan and Olathe East. MHS last week was ranked No. 2 in the state, while Olathe East was No. 3.
Manhattan defeated Tonganoxie in pool play, 25-22, 25-13, while Olathe East defeated the Chieftains, 25-13, 25-15.
But that loss to East was a major step for Tonganoxie because the teams played in the tournament's championship match, which THS hasn't advanced to in some time.
And to get to the finals, Tonganoxie had to defeat Great Bend, a 5A team the Chieftains lost to last season, 15-8, 15-5.
On Saturday, THS bettered the Panthers, 25-19, 25-18. Tonganoxie was the No. 2 team out of the Gold Pool, while Great Bend was the No. 1 team in the Red Pool.
"We lost to the No. 2- and No. 3-ranked teams in 6A," THS coach Tiffany Parker said. "If you're going to lose to somebody, that's who you want to lose to."
Tonganoxie went 4-2 on the day -- 2-1 in pool play and 2-1 in bracket play and improved its record to 10-3.
Parker said senior setter Katie Jeannin was a major reason for Tonganoxie's success Saturday.
"She was huge in the Great Bend game," Parker said. "She did a good job spreading out our offense to keep Great Bend confused."
The Chieftains themselves seemed a bit dazed in the first match of pool play, squeaking past Bishop Ward, 27-25, before taking game two, 25-14. After that, the play improved in wins against Bonner Springs and Ottawa. Against Manhattan, the Chieftains fell just short, 25-22, in game one before losing the second game, 25-13.
Last season, Tonganoxie placed fourth behind Manhattan, Olathe East and Great Bend. This season, the Chieftains took a major step with the second-place finish to Olathe East.
"I think it shows that every year we're getting better," Jeannin said. "Next year, it's really going to get better.
"We're building a tradition in Tonganoxie."
Manhattan defeated Great Bend for third place. The Indians survived a lengthy 34-32 game one before clinching the match with a 25-12 game-two win.
Tonganoxie traveled Tuesday to battle Basehor-Linwood and Immaculata. Before those matches, Tonganoxie was 3-0 in the Kaw Valley League and tied with Lansing for first place Tuesday. The Lions are 19-0 overall.
Tonganoxie Invitational results
Manhattan def. Bonner Springs, 25-10, 25-7
Tonganoxie def. Bishop Ward, 27-25, 25-14
Manhattan def. Bishop Ward 25-15, 25-18
Tonganoxie def. Bonner Springs, 25-17, 25-10
Bishop Ward def. Bonner 25-13, 25-12
Manhattan def. Tonganoxie, 25-22, 25-13
Olathe East def. Gardner-Edgerton, 25-14, 25-22
Ottawa def. Basehor-Linwood, 25-10, 25-14
Olathe East def. Basehor-Linwood, 25-12, 25-15
Ottawa def. Gardner-Edgerton, 25-23, 25-18
Gardner-Edgerton def. Basehor-Linwood, 25-15, 25-6
Olathe East def. Ottawa, 25-18, 25-18
Eudora def. Perry-Lecompton, 25-15, 25-14
Great Bend def. Piper, 25-9, 25-12
Eudora def. Piper, 25-8, 25-4
Great Bend def. Perry-Lecompton, 25-18, 25-11
Piper def. Perry-Lecompton, 25-12, 18-25, 15-7
Great Bend def. Eudora, 17-25, 25-19, 15-11
Tonganoxie def. Ottawa, 25-20, 25-18
Manhattan def. Eudora, 25-11, 25-19
Tonganoxie def. Great Bend, 25-20, 25-18
Olathe East def. Manhattan, 20-25, 25-23, 15-4
Manhattan def. Great Bend, 34-32, 25-12
Olathe East def. Tonganoxie, 25-13, 25-15
Bishop Ward def. Gardner-Edgerton, 25-20, 25-22
Bishop Ward def. Piper, 25-13, 25-13 (BW takes seventh)
Bonner Springs def. Basehor-Linwood, 22-25, 25-21, 15-9
Bonner Springs def. Perry-Lecompton, 25-21, 25-21 (BS takes 10th place)
Lauren Kracl, Eudora; Addie Heim, Tonganoxie; Katie Hinkin, Manhattan; Megan Farr, Manhattan; Sonja Peterson, Olathe East; Destiny Clark, Manhattan; Whitney Boehler, Olathe East; Heather Hofman, Great Bend; Katie Jeannin, Tonganoxie; Tori Hallett, Olathe East.
Most valuable player
Lindsey Gray, Olathe East
Best defensive player
Anne Leaser, Olathe East
Records after the tournament
Olathe East 14-1
Bishop Ward 10-10
Bonner Springs 7-15