The Marion volleyball squad defeated the hosts before losing to Smoky Valley during a triangular at Sterling on Tuesday.
“We played very well, we were very aggressive at the net, having great hits from Kayley Heerey and Julia Zeiner along with great sets from Lindsay Hett,” coach Jim Versch said of the team’s 25-17, 25-14 win over Sterling.
Of the defeat (25-13, 19-25, 17-25) against Smoky Valley, Versch said: “The squad really exhibited great teamwork and became very scrappy picking up most hits or freeballs, even though we lost the match.
“In the first game, we played real well, talking on all balls, playing like a team and staying aggressive,” he added. “But we became less aggressive in the last two games and did not adjust to their hitting strategy.
“We could and should beat Smoky Valley,” he said. “We need to learn how to finish a match.”
In a previous loss to the Vikings, Marion extended both games before losing 25-27, 25-27.
Coming—The Warriors (3-16) visited Halstead (7-14) for matches against Hillsboro (13-3) and Collegiate (7-11) on Tuesday. Marion hosts a quadrangular Oct. 9.
Marion will host a junior varsity tournament featuring Haven, Hillsboro, Remington, Abilene, Wichita Sunrise, Nickerson and Herington. Pool play will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.