Tonganoxie volleyball getting back in groove
Tonganoxie volleyball players are starting to get back in the flow of the game.
The Chieftains have 10 players again participating in a summer league at Sport 2 Sport in Lawrence.
The Tonganoxie team is 4-2 after three weeks in the league. The squad has lost to Lawrence High and Lawrence-Free State, but also has defeated Ottawa, Louisburg, Eudora and Baldwin.
"The first week was kind of rough," said THS assistant Brandon Parker. "They hadn't touched a volleyball for a while.
"You know it's summer league because people are gone on vacation or in different tournaments. It's hard to get people there at the same time."
After starting 0-2, the team has reeled off two wins in each of the last two weeks.
"They're doing well against the other 4A schools, but it's summer league," Parker said.
Parker noted the team did better after a week of volleyball camp June 6-10 in Tonganoxie.
Freshman Sami Franiuk will play in a national volleyball tournament beginning today. Tournaments for 12-, 13-, 14- and 15-year-old divisions open today and finished Saturday, while tournaments for 15-, 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds begin Sunday and end next Wednesday.
Franiuk plays for the Mid-America Volleyball Club, also known as the Mavs based out of the Lenexa-Overland Park area.
Tonganoxie coach Tiffany Parker and Brandon Parker will take the Francis Sporting Goods team to their tournament on Sunday.
All matches will be played at the Reliant Center, which is near the Houston Texans' Reliant Stadium.