Area volleyball teams continue to compete in preparation for regional competition

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Goessel-The Bluebirds dropped both matches of a triangular at Little River Tuesday, losing to Sedgwick,19-25, 19-25, and Little River, 25-23, 19-25, 18-25.

“We did not step up to the challenge tonight against Sedgwick and they dominated us from start to finish,” coach Crysta Guhr said. “The team picked it up against a tough-hitting Little River team, but couldn’t pull out the win.”

The Bluebirds were led by Courtney Berkholz with 16 digs, seven kills and four service aces in the two matches.

With the losses, the Bluebirds fall to 16-5 overall and 5-3 in HOA play.

Centre-The Cougars swept two wins at St. Xavier Tuesday.

In the opener, Centre defeated Sunrise Christian Academy, 25-20, 25-21. The Cougars served successfully 40 of 48 times; Jackie Klenda had four aces.

Selena Seifert converted 46 of 47 set opportunities resulting in 18 kills. Alisha Barney had nine kills while Klenda and Alyssa Luna both added four.

In the second match, Centre easily downed St. Xavier, 25-5, 25-11, as coach Yvonne Burhoop substituted liberally.

Centre was 44-for-50 serving, led by five aces from Kylie Burhoop and four from Luna.

Seifert converted 15 of 15 set opportunities leading 10 kills; Samantha Alvarez also was 15-15, leading to five kills.

Barney had six attacks resulting in six kills while Klenda and Luna both added three kills.

With the sweep, Centre moved its season record to 9-8.

Canton-Galva- The Eagles lost both matches at a triangular it hosted last Tuesday.

Ell-Saline won the first match, 25-20, 25-12, while Inman won the second match, 25-22, 25-15.

Peabody-Burns- The Warriors competed in two triangulars last week.

On Sept. 27, they lost to Remington, 22-25, 14-25.

In Game 1, Traci Windsor served the Warriors from a 16-23 deficit back to a 22-24 deficit, but Remington prevailed.

In Game 2, Peabody-Burns stayed close at 12-16 before falling behind 13-22.

In the second match, Peabody-Burns fell to Hutchinson Trinity, 23-25, 14-25.

Peabody-Burns fell behind 3-12 before Becky Morris served for eight straight points, including a pair of aces, to draw the Warriors back to within five at 13-18. But the comeback fell short.

“Good movement and transition helped us back into the game along with consistent scoring,” Schroeder said.

In Game 2, Jessi Hilliard led the charge as Peabody-Burns jumped on top 10-7. But 12 consecutive Trinity points sealed the fate of the Warriors.

On Thursday, the Warriors lost two matches at Wichita Trinity.

In the opener, Peabody-Burns lost to Chase County, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25. Kali Alstrom ignited the Warriors in Game 1 with six straight service points, including a pair of aces. Morris closed the game with five straight points for the six-point win.

Mental errors and too many free balls cost the Warriors the final two games.

In the second match, Peabody-Burns lost to Trinity 23-25, 16-25.

Schroeder credited Hilliard and Bayleigh Clark with outstanding performances.

“Clark always seems to be in the right spot and created a good pace with her setting,” Schroeder said. “But we just didn’t put much pressure on them and they won the key points.”

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