THS volleyball to play at 2 p.m. Saturday
The Tonganoxie High Volleyball team will play its first sub-state match at 2 p.m. on Saturday at home against Basehor-Linwood.
The Chieftains will enter the tournament a No. 4 seed, while the Bobcats will carry a No. 5 seed.
The winner of the match will likely face Holton (24-7) in the semifinals, which will start around 5 p.m. Holton will face bottom-seeded Hiawatha, which is 3-23 on the season, in the first match of the day at 1 p.m.
The championship match will take place around 7 p.m.
Tonganoxie has had success against Basehor this season. The Chieftains are 2-0 against the Bobcats. THS won in an Oct. 6 match in the De Soto Spikefest in two games, 25-22, 25-22. Tonganoxie made quicker work of Basehor on Oct. 9 in a home triangular, 25-14, 25-11.
If THS and Holton meet, it's essentially guaranteed to be a close match. The two teams have met this year twice and have split the two matches. Tonganoxie went on the road the first match of the season and defeated Holton, 25-14, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23. Holton then defeated Tonganoxie at the Sept. 15 Rossville Invitational, 25-20, 25-18.
Only the winner of the sub-state tournament will advance to the Oct. 26-27 state tournament in Salina.
The seedings and matchups for Saturday's sub-state are as follows:
1 p.m. - No. 1 Holton (24-7) vs. No. 8 Hiawatha (3-23)
2 p.m. - No. 4 Tonganoxie (25-11) vs. No. 5 Basehor-Linwood (21-14)
3 p.m. - No. 2 Jefferson West (27-9) vs. No. 7 Perry-Lecompton (4-26)
4 p.m. - No. 3 Atchison (25-9) vs. No. 6 Piper (20-18)
Tonganoxie finished the regular season Tuesday night in a quadrangular at Lawrence Free State. THS went 1-2 on the night. It lost against Blue Valley West, which is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 6A, according to the Kansas Volleyball Association. The score was 27-25, 25-20. Tonganoxie also fell to Free State, 25-11, 25-27, 25-14.
The Chieftains defeated the Topeka High Trojans, 25-9, 25-17.