Archive for Saturday, October 24, 2009

THS volleyball season ends in sub-state semi

Tonganoxie High senior Abby Eisman tries to block a St. James Academy attack in a sub-state semifinal on Saturday evening at Kansas City, Kan. The Chieftains lost the match, ending their season.

Tonganoxie High senior Abby Eisman tries to block a St. James Academy attack in a sub-state semifinal on Saturday evening at Kansas City, Kan. The Chieftains lost the match, ending their season.

October 24, 2009

Danielle Miller and Brooklyn Kerbaugh thwart a Piper kill attempt in Tonganoxie's first-round victory on Saturday afternoon at Kansas City, Kan.

Danielle Miller and Brooklyn Kerbaugh thwart a Piper kill attempt in Tonganoxie's first-round victory on Saturday afternoon at Kansas City, Kan.

— The Tonganoxie High volleyball team’s 2009 season came to an end in a sub-state semifinal on Saturday evening.

The Chieftains were knocked out by Class 4A’s top-ranked team, St. James Academy, at Piper High.

Although THS took early leads in both games against the Thunder, the deep and talented squad rallied on both occasions for wins of 25-10 and 25-14.

Tonganoxie (25-14) won its first-round match against host Piper in two sets, 25-11 and 25-20.

Although the Chieftains trailed late in the second game, senior Maggie Franiuk tied the match at 20 with a block. On the final three points of the match, Molly O’Hagan had a kill, Abby Eisman served up an ace and O’Hagan put the match away with a block.

Serving was a big part of the victory for Tonganoxie as Eisman, Ali George, Shyanne Gergick, Hannah Kemp and O’Hagan helped the team tally seven aces in two games.

At the net, Eisman and O’Hagan led the team with four kills apiece and Franiuk had a pair of kills.

For much more on Tonganoxie’s sub-state tournament, see the Oct. 28 print edition of The Mirror.

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