Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Senior Night sweep

THS volleyball completes sweep on Bonner Springs Senior Night

September 19, 2007

— The Tonganoxie High volleyball team completed a sweep against Bonner Springs and Bishop Ward in a triangular Tuesday night at the Braves Senior Night in the Bonner Springs YMCA Gym.

The Chieftains edged Ward 25-10, 25-20, then beat the Braves 25-14, 25-10 in the nightcap.

Tonganoxie is 8-4 on the season.

"It was a good night for us," Tonganoxie co-coach Brandon Parker said. "We were able to play a lot of kids and it was a good experience."

Senior server Tracie Hileman sparked the Chieftains to a 13-2 lead with 12 straight good serves in their opening game against Ward. Tonganoxie went on to win 25-10 in game one.

"We relied on our defense and didn't shoot ourselves in the foot," Parker said. "Tracie is a good server for us and didn't give up any freebies."

Hileman said the serves were just basic maneuvers for her.

"I wasn't really aggressive, but they were smart ball serves," Hileman said. "Our defense is pretty disciplined and was where they were supposed to be."

Senior Sami Franiuk was impressive on the front line for Tonganoxie.

"Sami is a good player and had a good night," Parker said. "She was attacking and blocking very well."

Franiuk shared the credit with the team, too.

"Our game went really well," Franiuk said. "C.J. Jeannin was passing well and our game was very effective. We just played our game tonight."

Bonner Springs lost to Ward in the first match of the night, falling to the Cyclones 25-9, 25-8.

It was a special night for seniors Wendy DeLeon, Holly Luke and Janelle Lira, who celebrated Senior Night in their final home dual match of the season.

"It is still early in the season for us, but this was a special night for our seniors," Bonner Springs coach Jo Wiseman said. "They have all been with me all four years that I have been here."

DeLeon was very emotional during the Senior Night ceremony between games when the girls were presented special flowers with their parents.

"It is really sad because this will be our last home (dual) playing together," DeLeon said. "I have been holding back tears tonight."

Tonganoxie and Bonner Springs will participate in Saturday's Tonganoxie Invitational in the Chieftains' home gymnasium. The tournament will start at 8 a.m.

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