Chieftains take 2nd at KVL tourney
Tonganoxie volleyball remains red-hot
Lansing The Tonganoxie High volleyball team carried its recent wave of momentum all the way to the championship match of the Kaw Valley League Tournament at Lansing on Saturday.
Having won nine of its last 11 matches heading into the tournament, the Chieftains remained red-hot, picking up five straight wins to land a berth in the KVL title match with Lansing.
Although THS lost to the Lions in two games, 25-15 and 25-18, in the league’s first postseason tournament, Tonganoxie went 5-1 on the day to improve its season record to 25-14.
The Chieftains were disappointed to come up short of a league crown, but co-coach Brandon Parker said the team kept progressing at the KVL tournament, which will be important as it prepares for sub-state matches this coming Saturday at Eudora.
“Even though we’re frustrated because we came here to win a league title,” Parker said, “we’re not going to let it affect what we’re doing.”
THS went 4-0 in Pool No. 2 on Saturday morning, defeating Turner, Bonner Springs, Santa Fe Trail and Bishop Ward, and didn’t lose a game in the process.
As their pool’s first-place team, the Chieftains took on Mill Valley, who finished second in Pool No. 1, in the semifinal. After losing its first game of the day, 25-23, Tonganoxie rallied to win the next two, 25-20 and 25-23, to win the match and advance to the finals. THS junior Abby Eisman had four kills in that game, including an emphatic one on the emotional, match-winning point.