Volleyball team breezes to wins
The home-court was cozy for Tonganoxie High volleyball players on Sept. 16.
With a rambunctious crowd of THS soccer and football players rooting on the Chieftains, Tonganoxie breezed through matches against Paola and De Soto.
Tonganoxie slipped past Paola, 25-20, 25-17 in the first match before playing its final match against DHS.
"We were focused against Paola," THS coach Tiffany Parker said. "We had a lot of distractions."
That was a relief for Parker, who said she was disappointed with the team's practice the day before.
"We didn't play real well yesterday, so I was nervous," Parker said.
The Chieftains responded again in their final match. Against what Parker viewed as an improved Wildcat team, THS breezed to a 25-13, 25-16 victory and improved to 4-1 on the season.
"De Soto's far better than they were last year," Parker said. "They have pretty big middles who caused us some trouble."
As for Tonganoxie, one of its taller players turned in a strong night during the sweep.
"I thought Addie Heim played well tonight," Parker said.
Serving again was Tonganoxie's overall strength as senior Mollie McCaffrey led the way.
"She's getting more and more confident, so that's a bonus for us," Parker said.
Tonganoxie again was at home Tuesday for matches against Piper and Perry-Lecompton before playing at home for the third straight time Saturday in the Tonganoxie Invitational.
The Chieftains won't have a home date again until the season finale Oct. 31 against Free State, Topeka High and Blue Valley West.
(Through Sept. 16 matches)
Kelly Breuer -- 20
Addie Heim -- 18
Rebekah Mages -- 17
Ali Pistora -- 10
Kelly Breuer -- 8
Laura Jeannin -- 22
Maddie Weller -- 19
Mollie McCaffrey -- 8
Katie Jeannin -- 74