THS volleyball balanced in ‘W’ at Atchison
With a balanced attack in its season debut, the Tonganoxie High volleyball team opened 2011 with a sweep at Atchison Monday.
According to co-coach Brandon Parker, the Chieftains’ service led to a successful evening and a 25-17, 25-14, 25-8 victory. All but one THS player served at one time or another and Parker said Tonganoxie served the ball as well as any team he and Tiffany Parker have coached in their time with the program.
Kailan Kuzmic had four aces, Hannah Kemp served up three and Haley Smith and Jenny Whitledge each recorded two.
Parker said THS (1-0) has a balanced team this year and he doesn’t expect individuals to dominate in any specific stat category.
“I think this year you’re gonna see more spread out numbers than you’ve seen in years past,” he said.
The Chieftains’ setters, not surprisingly, led the way in assists as Kemp passed out 29 and Sagan Scates finished with 26.
Whitledge led the way with nine kills, Brooklyn Kerbaugh had six, Kuzmic recorded four and Kemp had three.
“Our passers and setters did a nice job moving the ball around and our attackers attacked the ball with a newfound intelligence,” Parker said, noting they weren’t swinging for “home runs.”
Defensively, Kerbaugh led THS with five blocks and Katelyn Waldeier and Madee Walker had three apiece.
Whitledge’s 17 digs led the Chieftains, libero Megan Hummelgaard had 16 and Kuzmic finished with 12.
Parker said THS played with a good flow at Atchison and the players enjoyed themselves.
“I thought we played well for the opening match of the season,” he said.
Tonganoxie has another road match at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Turner, in Kansas City, Kan.