Archive for Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tonganoxie volleyball returns to action with pair of away victories

October 4, 2011

There wasn’t much trouble waiting for the Tonganoxie High volleyball team when it returned from a six-day break in the schedule Monday.

The Chieftains breezed through a road triangular at Kansas City-Washington. They weren’t really challenged in a 25-5, 25-3 win against Washington and then made quick work of Sumner Academy, 25-21, 25-10.

Clearly, THS had no trouble with the home team as evidenced by its 21 aces. Sagan Scates served up eight and Haley Smith had seven to lead the way in the romp.

However, the lack of competition might have done Tonganoxie more harm than good, because co-coach Brandon Parker said the team wasn’t quite as ready for its next match.

“We were flat,” he said of the first game in a victory over Sumner, “because the first game (against Washington) didn’t do much for us.”

Parker said Sumner was athletic and served the ball well in the first game, and it took the Chieftains a while to get back into the mode of speeding things up.

By the second game, though, THS (18-7) got back on track. Brooklyn Kerbaugh and Jenny Whitledge led the team with eight kills apiece in the sweep. Megan Hummelgaard finished with six digs and Scates had 18 assists.

Parker said when the team has easy victories such as it did on Monday, there is something to be gained. What do the players get out of it?

“Especially in that first one,” he said, referring to the Washington match, “the ability to stay in a game mentally.”

The triangular marked the first action in six days for Tonganoxie.

“Any time you get back into it, it starts off a little slow,” Parker said.

The Chieftains will be much busier in the coming weeks, with the regular season winding down.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Tonganoxie will play at Piper.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, THS will play at the De Soto Spikefest.


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