ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ANDREW OTTOSON
The Goessel volleyball team split matches against Inman and Remington during a triangular at Remington Sept. 5.
The Bluebirds lost to Inman, 23-25, 21-25, but rallied to beat Remington, 25-10, 25-23, on the strength of Lisa Gartner’s serving. Gartner was 23 of 24 with two aces while teammate Rinda Duerksen was 11-11 with one ace.
Kory Hiebert led the team in both kills and blocks with 24 of the former and 14 of the latter.
On Saturday, Goessel hosted its own invitational tournament, where the team added four wins to its season total.
The Bluebirds recorded victories over Canton-Galva (25-22, 25-13), Burrton (25-16, 20-25, 25-17), Sedgwick (25-19, 25-9) and Halstead (25-21, 25-19) .
GHS lost to tournament winner South Haven (23-25, 26-24, 21-25), to take second place.
Rinda Duerksen was 82 of 87 serving with six aces for the day and led the team with 29 digs.
Katie Flaming, the team’s top setter, had 68 assists for the tournament; Kory Hiebert had 58 kills and 49 blocks.
“(We) had some girls step into new roles today and play very well,” coach Crysta Guhr said.
“This team has a lot of potential and is fun to watch.”
With a 5-2 record for the week, Goessel improved to 7-3 for the season.
The Bluebirds are back in league action Tuesday when they travel to Brookville to play against Ell-Saline and Moundridge.