Archive for Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tonganoxie volleyball 3rd at KVL tourney

Danielle Miller rises up for a block during Tonganoxie High's semifinal match with Mill Valley at the Kaw Valley League tournament in Perry. Although the Chieftains lost that match, it was their only setback on the day as THS went 5-1 to finish third.

Danielle Miller rises up for a block during Tonganoxie High's semifinal match with Mill Valley at the Kaw Valley League tournament in Perry. Although the Chieftains lost that match, it was their only setback on the day as THS went 5-1 to finish third.

October 17, 2009

Abby Eisman and Shyanne Gergick head out of bounds to get under a ball as teammates Brooklyn Kerbaugh, Danielle Miller and Hannah Kemp look on. Tonganoxie defeated Bishop Ward in the KVL pool-play match.

Abby Eisman and Shyanne Gergick head out of bounds to get under a ball as teammates Brooklyn Kerbaugh, Danielle Miller and Hannah Kemp look on. Tonganoxie defeated Bishop Ward in the KVL pool-play match.

— The Tonganoxie High volleyball team rode its recent surge into the Kaw Valley League tournament at Perry-Lecompton on Saturday and went home with third place.

The Chieftains went undefeated in pool play in the morning before losing to Mill Valley in a semifinal and finishing the tournament with a victory over Basehor-Linwood.

Going 5-1 on the day, Tonganoxie has now won nine of its last 10 matches.

THS (23-13) started the day by knocking off Santa Fe Trail, Basehor-Linwood, Bonner Springs and Bishop Ward to win its pool.

It wasn’t until the Chieftains met up with the Jaguars in a semifinal that they ran into trouble. Although Tonganoxie jumped out to an early lead in the first set, MVHS, which lost to KVL champ Lansing in the final, finished on a 6-3 run to take that game, 25-22, and dominated the next game, 25-11.

But THS bounced back in the third-place match, leading the first game in its entirety on the way to a 25-19 win and putting together an impressive rally to win the second game, 25-22.

Trailing 19-10 in the second set, a third game seemed inevitable, but Tonganoxie refused to lose to a BLHS team it had defeated twice already in the past eight days.

An Abby Eisman kill ignited the rally. Then a Molly O’Hagan block set off a 4-0 THS spurt.

And even though the Bobcats took a 22-16 lead, Tonganoxie put together a dominating 9-0 stretch to clinch the victory.

O’Hagan placed a tip perfectly to start the run then served the ensuing eight points to close out the match.

Danielle Miller came up with a block that cut the deficit to three points and THS later took the lead and momentum with a pair of Eisman kills.

The Chieftains close their regular season on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. dual against Bonner Springs. Next Saturday, THS will travel to Piper for a sub-state tournament.

Tonganoxie at KVL tournament:

Pool play

Santa Fe Trail, W, 28-26, 25-22

Basehor-Linwood, W, 25-20, 25-20

Bonner Springs, W, 25-9, 25-19

Bishop Ward, W, 25-18, 17-25, 25-11

Semifinal

Mill Valley, L, 25-22, 25-11

Third-place match

Basehor-Linwood, W, 25-19, 25-22

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