Area volleyball teams complete busy tournament weekend

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Goessel- The Bluebirds placed second to Sedgwick in its own invitational tournament on Saturday, finishing with 4-1 mark.

Goessel’s four wins came against: Wichita Independent, 24-26, 26-24, 25-22; South Haven, 25-11, 21-25, 25-21; Burrton 25-17, 25-13; and Halstead 25-18, 25-11.

Goessel, 8-2 for the season, lost in the finals to Sedgwick, 25-19, 13-25, 19-25.

“To go 4-1 at our home tournament against some tough teams was good for us,” said first-year coach Crysta Guhr.

Individually, Brianna Unrau was 73-for-74 serving with 10 aces with a cumulative serving percentage of 98 percent and led the team with 43 digs.

Allison Banman had 89 assists for the tournament, bringing her season total to 171 for the season.

Defensively, Kory Hiebert registered 36 blocks, giving her 57 for the season.

Hiebert had 49 kills (92 for the year) while Courtney Berkholz added 23 (52 for the year).

Sara Unruh had a good hitting day with 18 kills (27 for the year).

The previous Tuesday, Goessel defeating both Remington and Inman at Inman.

The Bluebirds beat Remington, 25-14, 25-13, then topped the host Teutons, 25-20, 24-26, 25-23 to improve to 4-1 for the season.

“Overall, it was a great night for Goessel volleyball,” coach Crysta Guhr said. “It’s been seven years, at least, since Goessel has beaten Inman.”

Brianna Unrau and Kory Hiebert each served 90 percent with 23 of 24. Unrau had three service aces and Hiebert one.

Hiebert and Courtney Berkholz led the Bluebirds in kills with 17 apiece while Hiebert led the team with 11 blocks.

Unrau led Goessel with 19 digs while Hiebert added 13.

“Sarah Unrau came off the bench and was a huge play-maker,” Guhr said. “She had some crucial kills that really helped our momentum.

“Overall it was a great night-it’s great to start out at 2-0” in the Heart of America League.

Centre-The Cougars went 0-3 Saturday at their own invitational, losing to Hope, 20-25 18-25, to Berean Academy, 19-25, 25-16, 23-25 and to Council Grove 9-25, 14-25.

Against Hope, Centre was 37 of 39 serving, led by Alyssa Luna with two service aces.

Selena Seifert was 30 of 31 setting for eight kills while Luna added 13 of 14 for two kills.

Jackie Klenda was nine of 12 on attacks with three kills, Kylie Burhoop was 11 of 14 with three kills and Alisha Barney was 7 of 11 with one kill.

In the Berean match, Seifert was a perfect 38-for-38 setting, leading to six kill. Luna 17 for 17 with two kills.

Barney was 13-for-14 on the attack with seven kills, Burhoop was 16-21 attacks with seven kills, Klenda 11-11 with three kills and Luna 8-10 with three kills.

Against Council Grove, the Cougars were 20-for-24 serving.

Seifert and Luna were again perfect setting with 27 and 14, respectively.

Barney had four kills while going 11-for-15 on the attack.

Following the weekend, Centre’s record stood at 3-5.

The Cougars won two matches on the road Sept. 6, defeating the host team from Flint Hills, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17, and St. Xavier, 25-18, 25-8.

Setter Selena Seifert led the Cougar by going 42-42, resulting in nine kills. Alyssa Luna was 28–29 for eight kills.

Alisha Barney led the attack with six kills and Jackie Klenda added five kills.

Barney also led Centre with four service aces. As a team, Centre was 60-72 serving.

Against St. Xavier, the Cougars were 42-49 serving with Barney and Jessica Deines both recording five service aces and Seifert added four.

Seifert was 10-10 in sets resulting in two kills while Luna was 4-4 with one kill.

Klenda converted seven of eight attacks and had five kills.

Peabody-Burns-Peabody-Burns placed third in Solomon on Saturday, inishing with a 5-2 mark.

The Warriors defeated Ell-Saline in the opener. 31-29, 19-25, 25-23.

“Our passing game set us up to attack well, led by Becky Morris with five kills the first game,” coach Darren Schroeder said. “Hannah Redger gave the team much needed energy and did a lot of little things to keep us close.”

PBHS then defeateds Bennington, 27-25, 23-25, 25-21.

“We served very well and transitioned very well,” Schroeder said. “Becky Morris led us with some huge kills and gave us energy. We attacked throughout from the front and the back row.”

Kali Alstrom set the ball for 17 assists in the match.

In their next outing, the Warriors lost to Solomon, 14-25, 22-25.

“We came out really sluggish and just couldn’t find a groove,” Schroeder said. “We just couldn’t find much of a spark.”

Peabody-Burn then rallied to beat Tescott, 25-21, 25-21.

“Jessi Hilliard had some big kills and Traci Windsor played solid,” Schroeder said.

Peabody-Burns then defeated Lincoln, 25-20, 25-17.

“We came out strong and had a solid passing game,” Schroeder said.

In the semifinals, the Warriors lost to Quivira Heights, 25-6, 25-11.

“They just dominated us from the start,” Schroeder said. “We were on our heels the whole game.”

In the consolation match, the Warriors defeated Elyria Christian, 28-26, 25-16, to claim third.

“We came out strong and determined,” Schroeder said. “We dominated the game and played very steady for the win.”

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