Tonganoxie volleyball goes winless at De Soto Spikefest
It was a forgettable weekend for the Tonganoxie High volleyball team, which struggled through an 0-4 showing on Saturday at the De Soto Spikefest. The Chieftains (12-15), which entered the tournament on a three-match win streak, won just one set and failed to make it out of pool play.
THS was placed in the green pool alongside Baldwin, Leavenworth, Jeff West and tournament host De Soto. The team opened against Baldwin, a team it defeated earlier this season, but the Bulldogs swept the match, 26-24, 25-16. Senior Jenny Whitledge had eight kills and junior Marissa Martin added 13 digs and two service aces. The Chieftains took Leavenworth to three sets in their second match, but the Pioneers prevailed, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21. Whitledge again led the way, this time with 18 kills, and Martin had 12 more digs. Senior Madee Walker also added a pair of aces.
Things didn’t get much better in the afternoon session, as THS fell to De Soto in straight sets, 25-8, 25-13. Junior Caly Ingle-Maxwell led the team in kills, but was limited to just three. Whitledge, who has led the team in that category in nearly every match this season, was held to a season-low two. The Chieftains wrapped up the day with a loss to Jeff West, 26-24, 25-15. Whitledge bounced back with eight kills and an ace and Martin had six digs.
The top four teams from each pool advanced to double-elimination bracket play. THS and Jefferson County North (0-4 in white pool) were the only two teams that didn’t advance. Lansing, which went 3-1 in the white pool, defeated Baldwin to claim the tournament championship. Jeff West defeated Basehor-Linwood in the third-place match and De Soto downed Eudora in the consolation championship.
The Chieftains will be back on the court today at Bishop Ward.