Solid starts help Tonganoxie High volleyball to sweeps of Bishop Seabury, Perry-Lecompton
Lawrence Tonganoxie’s volleyball team knew the importance of getting off to a strong start in Monday’s triangular at Bishop Seabury Academy.
In all but one set, the Chieftains (20-13) were able to get out to an early lead on their way to a 2-0 day on a pair of two-set victories against Bishop Seabury and Perry-Lecompton.
“It’s always huge [to get off to a good start],” coach Tiffany Parker. “It’s a mindset thing. We have a tendency to dig a whole for ourselves.”
Tonganoxie began the night with a convincing 25-11 win against the host, Bishop Seabury. The Chieftains opened the set on an 8-1 run as Nikki Tallent and Mykah Wingerter drilled a couple of resounding early kills.
However, in the second set, it was Bishop Seabury that got off to the quick start and looked to be stealing a set.
But Tonganoxie’s front line of Taylor Lee, Lauren Willson and Cami Timm each logged key blocks, helping seal the 25-17 win. The feat was no coincidence, either, as the team worked on blocks leading up to Monday, knowing full well that it was going to come in play in the first match.
“Seabury throws some things at you and you never know what’s coming,” Parker said. “We just have to be on our toes. They can catch people off guard with their craftiness.
Willson led the way with seven kills in the first match on eight attempts. Wingerter was not far behind with six, while Timm logged four of the team’s total 25 kills.
Emily Hummelgaard and Willson combined for six of the team’s 11 aces with three a piece.
“Emily Hummelgaard played really well,” Parker said. “She served very aggressively tonight. She passed very well. She read their offense attacks really well. So, I thought she stood out to me tonight.”
In the second match, THS got the upper hand out of the gate both times. In a 25-19 first set win, the squad jumped out to a 12-5 lead, including the first four points of the match.
Meanwhile, on their final set, the Chieftains jumped out to a 11-4 lead, forcing the Kaws to call a timeout. Perry-Lecompton made a late surge on match point but Tallent delivered a huge spike, completing the 25-18 win.
“Perry-Lecompton is very aggressive,” Parker said. “They want to come out and compete on every point. That was good for us to see and how loud they are. It’s good for us.”
Wingerter recorded a third of the team’s kills, leading the way with nine against the Kaws. Wilson and Lee combined for 10 with six and four, respectively. Tailent’s three aces were a team-high.
Now after an undefeated evening, THS will look to tune some things up as postseason play draws near.
“Overall, I thought it was successful evening for us,” Parker said. “Both on the scoreboard and what we are preparing for.”
Tonganoxie will travel tonight to Kansas City, Kan., to take on Bishop Ward.