Marion Warrior volleyball drops pair to Wichita Collegiate Spartans

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Marion Warriors lost a couple of tough volleyball matches at Wichita Collegiate Sept. 28.

Marion lost the first match, 19-25, 20-25, then dropped the second match, 21-25, 20-25.

“Collegiate is just a good team, but we weren’t able to finish them,” coach Kara Chisholm said.

In the opener, Marion was 36 of 40 on serve attempts, but faltered on serve receive, returning 27 of 44 attempts.

“Our serve receiving was a weak spot for us,” Chisholm said. “On the other hand, we did a nice job of serving.”

Whitney Wear was 23 of 26 in set attempts while Jill Hannaford was 11 of 12. “Those girls did a good job,” Chisholm said. “We had great passing that first match.”

Offensively, Toni Gordon and Leann Thomas both recorded four kills. Megan Hudson attempted 12 digs and converted 10.

“Megan just flies around the court,” Chisholm said. “She’s always hustling and there isn’t a ball she won’t be on the floor after.”

In the second match, Marion managed only 33 successful serves in 46attempts. Marion also struggled receiving serves, attempting 42 and returning 25.

Wear (13-20) and Hannaford (12-15) led the team in sets.

Leading the attack was Amber Richmond (4-11) and Gordon (6-10) while the duo had three and two spikes, respectively. Gordon recorded three blocks.

“We didn’t play that well at the net and that hurt us,” Chisholm said. “Our timing was just off-their setter was great and we just didn’t get there on time.”

Sarah Williams (7-11), Hannaford (6-6), Thomas (5-6) and Richmond (5-8) led the way in attempted digs and successful digs.

“I thought overall we played fairly well-probably not the best, but we played against a good team,” Chisholm said. “It’s one of those things where you tell the other team good job, you walk off the court without hanging your head and go to work on next week’s games.”

With the losses, Marion falls to 9-11 overall and 3-3 in the Eastern Division of the MCAA.

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