Salute to seniors
Chieftains win final home match, hope to grab top substate seed
Tonganoxie volleyball improved to 24-11 with victories against Perry-Lecompton and Bishop Seabury on Monday in Perry.
The Chieftains defeated Perry-Lecompton, 25-22, 25-14, and Bishop Seabury, 24-26, 25-16, 25-12.
Emily Hummelgaard led the team in points (14) and digs (16) against Bishop Seabury.
The road victories came after last week’s dual match against Bishop Ward.
The Chieftains won the best-of-five match in straight sets, 25-21, 25-4, 25-9.
Tonganoxie High coach Tiffany Parker rotated all of her seniors into the lineup in the first set, as it was the final home match for Halley Calovich, Kassi Gratton, Lauren Jackson, Kaitlin Hall, Emily Eberth and Cheyenne Ford.
“They all came in and played really well,” Parker said.
Parker gave special praise to Emily Eberth, who got a chance to see some time on the court in her final match at home.
“I was glad to see her get time she deserves,” Parker said. “She puts in as much time as the rest of the kids.”
Parker continued to praise Eberth for her contributions to the program and her efforts on Senior Night. She said it was a great way for her to finish out the home season.
THS played Tuesday against Bonner Springs in its final regular season match.
Parker, who played for Kansas University, coached against Jan Madlock in that match. Madlock was an assistant at KU when Parker played for the Jayhawks.
That match took place after The Mirror’s print deadline Tuesday.
Substate pairings will be released this week.
Tonganoxie, Eudora and Atchison all have similar records, while Wamego will be the No. 4 seed.
Tonganoxie was 24-11, Eudora 24-11 and Atchison 20-12 as of Monday. Wamego was 17-18.
Matches for the Class 4A Division I substate tournament are set to start at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wamego.
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