Archive for Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tonganoxie volleyball sweeps at Turner

August 31, 2011

Playing its second road match in as many nights, Tonganoxie High’s volleyball team again encountered little trouble on its way to a victory Tuesday.

A night after knocking off Atchison in their season debut, the Chieftains swept their way to a 25-8, 25-15, 25-18 win at Turner, in Kansas City, Kan.

After winning the first game pretty easily, THS co-coach Brandon Parker said the team got slightly complacent and the Bears were able to keep fighting before the visitors responded.

“The kids did a good job of getting their energy back and getting after it,” Parker said.

The coach said the Chieftains were playing in a pretty quiet gym for most of the match and it was hard for them to get into it at times. He said that kind of atmosphere can be somewhat monotonous but the players picked things up and handled themselves well.

All nine players contributed for THS (2-0), which made it difficult for the coaches to pinpoint a player who stood out.

“We were pleased with all of them,” Parker said.

Tonganoxie racked up plenty of digs at Turner and senior libero Megan Hummelgaard led the way with 26. Jenny Whitledge and Kailan Kuzmic both had 19 and Haley Smith finished with 11.

Also on defense, Madee Wlaker led THS with four blocks and Katelyn Waldeier put up three.

Whitledge broke double digits with her 11 kills and Brooklyn Kerbaugh contributed eight of her own while Kuzmic tallied six.

Senior setter Sagan Scates’ 17 assists led the Chieftains and junior setter Hannah Kemp was close behind with 14.

Whitledge had a team-best four aces and Smith and Kemp both finished with three.

Tonganoxie has its home opener at 6 p.m. Thursday, when it plays host to Paola.


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