Chieftains volleyball 3-3 at Rossville tourney
Evidently the Tonganoxie High volleyball players are morning people.
The Chieftains went 3-3 at the Rossville Invitational on Saturday and co-coach Brandon Parker said THS (5-5) looked better in the a.m.
"In the morning, I thought everyone was playing pretty well," Parker said, highlighting Megan Puhr's passing as well as the net play from Abby Eisman and Molly O'Hagan as some of the bright spots.
The play of senior Chrissie Jeannin was steady all day and she was named to the all-tournament team after the Chieftains defeated Rossville, beat Royal Valley twice, lost to Holton (whom they beat in their home opener two weeks ago) and fell to Emporia twice.
Parker said the biggest difference in the afternoon was the Chieftains' lack of emotion.
"I don't know if we were tired (because it was) the first time playing in a tournament," he wondered aloud. "We had emotion and focus in the morning : in the afternoon we just didn't have it."
Freshman Brooklyn Kerbaugh practiced without a cast for the first time Monday and might be able to play for THS this weekend in the Tonganoxie Invitational.
The field for the Chieftains' home tournament is a tough one, as it is every year. Last season THS lost to Olathe East in the finals, and the year before, the Chieftains beat Manhattan in the championship. This time around, there are three Class 6A squads in the tourney: Manhattan, Olathe East and Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Before the tournament, Tonganoxie is at Immaculata for a quadrangular on Thursday at 6 p.m.