Goessel Bluebird volleyball team improves season record to 16-3

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Goessel-The Bluebirds stayed on the winning track Sept. 20 by sweeping a triangular with Peabody-Burns (25-12, 25-18) and Berean Academy (25-16, 25-20) at Berean.

Kory Hiebert led the Bluebird attack with 25 kills and 14 blocks while Allison Banman contributed 34 assists and Brianna Unrau had 13 digs.

“Overall, it was a good night and Kory had a big night,” coach Crysta Guhr said. “Kylee Nikkel came in and served well tonight also.”

With the wins, Goessel is 5-1 in Heart of America league play and 16-3 overall.

Centre-The Cougars went 1-2 at Herington on Saturday.

In the opener, Centre downed Hope, 19-25, 25-12, 25-17. Centre was 40-44 serving with Selena Seifert dropping in four aces and adding a 47-55 effort on sets with two assists.

Alyssa Luna had six kills in the match.

Facing Class 2A’s state’s top ranked team in Sacred Heart, Centre lost, 16-25, 16-25.

Centre was 29-34 serving. Alisha Barney and Kylee Burhoop both had three kills.

In the final match, Centre lost to Chase County, 17-25, 21-25.

Centre was 36-40 serving with Jackie Klenda adding four aces. Luna was 9-10 on attack hits resulting in five kills.

On Sept. 20, the Cougars split a pair of matches with Flinthills Christian and White City.

Centre defeated Flinthills, 25-15, 25-18.

Centre was 47-49 serving with Burhoop and Seifert picking up two aces each.

Seifert also led the way with 39-40 set attempts leading to 12 kills. Klenda was the main beneficiary, converting 15 of 16 attack hits for eight kills.

Luna was 15-18 on attacks with six kills while Barney was 17-17 with five kills.

In the second match, Centre lost to state-ranked White City, 17-25, 18-25.

Centre was 34-36 serving; Barney recorded two aces.

Seifert led with 40-40 sets resulting in 11 kills; Luna recording five kills and Klenda and Burhoop each added four.

With the split, Centre’s season record moved to 6-6.

Canton-Galva-The Eagles lost both matches at a triangular it hosted Sept. 20.

The Eagles lost to Remington, 18-25, 15-25, and to Moundridge, 10-25, 15-25.

Peabody-Burns-The Warriors went 1-3 at a tournament in Olpe on Saturday.

In the first match, Peabody-Burns defeated Bishop Seabury, 25-17, 25-11.

“We came out and played very well,” coach Darren Schroeder said. “Becky Morris, Kara Gridley and Jessi Hilliard gave us a lot of energy.”

Alstrom dished up 14 assists in the match while Traci Windsor accounted for eight points in her service rotation in the second game.

In the next match, Olpe defeated the Warriors, 25-23, 25-19.

Peabody-Burns trailed only 23-24 in the first game and 19-22 in the second one, but couldn’t pull out wins.

“Kara Gridley played a strong back row with 10 digs and Hilliard had six kills in the match,” Schroeder said.

Peabody-Burns lost to Marais Des Cygnes Valley, 25-19, 25-20.

The Warriors led the first game, 15-10, before MDCV rallied for 10 straight points to take control.

In the second game, the score was tied 20-all before MDCV scored the final five points.

“We came out strong and played even with them,” Schroeder said.

In the final match, the Warriors lost to Marmaton Valley, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25. Alstrom had 15 assists.

On Sept. 20, Peabody-Burns lost both matches in a triangular at Berean Academy.

The Warriors lost to Goessel, 25-12, 25-18.

“We allowed too many long rallies,” Schroeder said. “We had a difficult time with their height, but Jessi Hilliard and Kali Alstrom did play well at the net.”

Peabody-Burns then lost to Berean, 25-16, after leading 21-19.

“We didn’t apply much pressure from our serving game,” Schroeder said. “That allowed them too many opportunities to attack our defense.

“Kara Gridley had some big kills and Kali Alstrom defended the net very well.”

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