MHS volleyball team 2-1 at quad, takes fourth at Centre tourney

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Marion Warrior volleyball team went 2-1 in a quadrangular Sept. 7 with Wichita Collegiate, Sterling and Nickerson.

Marion defeated Nickerson 25-13, 24-26, 25-14, then lost to Collegiate 21-25, 20-25, before beating Sterling 25-13, 14-25, 26-24.

Against Nickerson, Marion was 54-for-61 serving (93 percent), led by Megan Hudson (12-12), Sarah Williams (10-10) and Jill Hannaford (10-11).

Marion was successful on 55 of 60 serve receives (92 percent), led by Williams (14-16) and Leann Thomas (13-14).

Amber Richmond led the team with nine solo blocks, Williams recorded seven kills, Thomas converted 10 of 16 attack attempts while Hannaford led the team with three digs.

Senior setter Whitney Wear was good on 71 of 76 attempts.

“We knew the MCAA was going to be tough but I think it (level of competition) surprised the girls a little bit,” coach Kara Chisholm said. “They don’t always expect the other team to come back like they do. The teams in this league are just so scrappy.”

In the second match, Marion was 34-of-40 in serve receives (85 percent).

Richmond had six solo blocks and Hannaford, Wear and Hudson each recorded two digs.

Offensively, Marion served at a 93 percent efficiency with Richmond (7-9), Wear (6-8) and Hannaford (5-5) leading the way.

Wear also led the team in setting with 20 of 21 while Richmond was 17-17 on attacks, Toni Gordon was 11-14 and Williams was 7-8.

“The nice thing about this team is that there are so many different aspects of them,” Chisholm said. “It doesn’t matter whether they cream the ball or off-speed it, they’re really effective.”

In the win over Sterling, Hudson was 12 for 12 serving, Williams was 10 for 13 and Hannaford was 10 for 11.

Wear was 71-for-76 setting. Williams was 13-13 on attacks, Richmond was 10-15 and Toni Gordon was 7-10.

On defense, Marion successfully received 82 percent (49-60) of the Black Bear serves, led by Williams (14-16) and Molly Rhodes (13/14).

Williams record eight blocks, Gordon seven and Richmond and Hudson added six.

“Overall, we were very satisfied with our performance,” Chisholm said. “We’ve made big improvements since the first days of practice. I thought we played really well as a team.”

Centre Invite-Marion took fourth at the Centre Invitational on Saturday.

Inpool play, the Warriors defeated Council Grove, 15-25, 25-13, 25-8, and Herington, 25-13, 25-20, before falling to Little River, 17-25, 21-25.

Marion then lost to Hope in the semifinals in a grueling three-game match, 17-25, 25-15, 27-29. In the battle for third, Burrton defeated Marion 25-22, 25-18.

“I think overall we played very well,” coach Kara Chisholm said. “With all the tough teams there, it’s a real mental challenge to jump from one match into another, but I thought the girls did a good job.”

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