Tonganoxie volleyball takes 3rd at home invitational
Tonganoxie High was down, 7-0, to Shawnee Mission Northwest in the final match of pool play Saturday at its home meet when a Cougar service error put THS on the board. moments later, THS cut the lead to five at 8-3.
“Come on, we gotta stay on a roll,” THS coach Tiffany Parker pleaded to her team from the bench. “Let’s go.”
The team did just that at its home invitational.
Tonganoxie went on a furious run after that 7-0 deficit — a 14-5 rally to be exact — in that first set. The team led by as many as four (19-15), but SMNW eventually would rally itself and take a 27-25 decision. The Cougars powered through in the second set, 25-14, and won the match, but that first set was much like many during the tourney — hard fought.
THS had four of its sets decided with extra play, including a 29-27 decision against Topeka.
But the Chieftains kept plugging away and eventually ended the day with a 4-2 record and third-place finish.
Tonganoxie went 3-1 in pool play, defeating Defeated Bonner Springs (25-21, 27-25), Topeka High (25-19, 29-27) and Great Bend (25-14, 25-17) before losing to SMNW (27-25, 25-14).
The Chieftains lost to Gardner-Edgerton in the semifinals, 25-20, 21-25, 27-25 and then outlasted Piper, 18-25, 25-19, 27-25, in the third-place match.
Mykah Wingerter and Lauren Willson were named to the all-tournament team, with Emily Hummelgaard being named Best Defensive Player at the tourney.
On Monday, Tonganoxie was back in action with a dual against Kansas City Christian.
Tonganoxie easily defeated the visiting Panthers the best-of-five match with identical scores of 25-8, 25-8, 25-8.
The victory improved Tonganoxie to 12-6 on the year. Bonner Springs visited THS on Tuesday after The Mirror’s deadline.
Tonganoxie is back on the road Thursday with matches against Sumner and Spring Hill in Kansas City, Kan.