ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
The Marion volleyball team opened its season this weekend at the Inman Invitational with a load of talent and high expectations.
When the Saturday tournament had concluded, the Warriors were 1-2 and disappointed, according to coach Ginger Robert.
“A lot of other schools have had a game or two to prepare already, we haven’t,” Robert said. “I thought we looked pretty nervous throughout the day. I was a little disappointed with our confidence level throughout the day. We tend to get down on ourselves a lot and we have to work on getting through that.”
In their first match, the Warriors lost to Sedgwick despite pushing the Cardinals to a 15-17 loss in the first game and 11-15 in the final game.
“Sedgwick had a 6-2 hitter that intimidated us,” Robert said. “We’ve never faced someone like that. We let her take us out of our game.”
Marion rebounded in its second match against Fairfield, defeating them 15-4, 15-7.
“I thought we played really well against Fairfield,” Robert said. “It gave me an opportunity to get some of our other girls in so we can try some different combinations.”
In the final match, the Warriors shocked Remington by stealing the first game, 16-14. But the Broncos battled back and took the last two, 10-15, 3-15.
“(Remington) is always a good ball team,” Robert said. “We played really hard though.”
Robert said she got solid performances from Ashley Secrest and Caitlyn O’Dell.
“I was please with them because they played consistently for us throughout the day,” Robert said.
Brandi Petrie led MHS in kills.
“Brandi came up with some big hits for us when we really need them,” Robert said.
Coming-The Warriors hosted Cottonwood Valley League foe Trinity Academy of Wichita yesterday. Marion travels to Centre this weekend for the Centre Invitational. The first match is scheduled for 9 a.m.