Tonganoxie volleyball overpowers Bonner Springs
A fired-up, focused Tonganoxie volleyball team spoiled Bonner Springs’ Senior Night on Tuesday evening at the Bonner Springs District P.E. Center.
The Braves entered the night as hot as any team in the Kaw Valley League having won 13 of their previous 16 matches, but THS — which was frustrated by a third-place finish Saturday at the league tournament — made quick work of BSHS, 25-12, 25-13, 25-10.
The teams traded points to a 3-3 tie in game one before Tonganoxie asserted its will with a 10-0 run. Haley Smith fired four aces during that run and Molly O’Hagan had a pair of kills as THS built a 13-3 lead.
Jenny Whitledge, O’Hagan and Brooklyn Kerbaugh took care of the rest as they took turns thumping kills and blocking the Braves’ shots.
Game two took on a similar form. With the game tied at 4-4, Sagan Scates served THS to an 8-0 run. Scates had two aces during the run and Kailan Kuzmic had two blocks.
Tonganoxie’s defense made it difficult for Bonner Springs to get into system on offense. Each time Chelsea Crawford, Jessie Kelly or Jene Williams went for a kill, the Chieftains kept the ball alive.
That was the story again in game three. Whitledge served the Chieftains to a game-opening 11-0 run, and O’Hagan did the bulk of the damage as she pounded five kills during that span. Bonner Springs regrouped after that, but it was too late.
— Bonner Springs seniors Jessie Kelly and Chelsea Crawford were recognized before the match during a Senior Night ceremony.
— The Chieftains and Braves both will compete at the Class 4A substate tournament Saturday at Tonganoxie.