Marion volleyball improves to 7-5

The Marion volleyball team enjoyed a 5-2 week following a 1-1 showing Tuesday at the Sedgwick triangular and 4-1 record and second-place finish at the Centre Tournament.

At Sedgwick, Marion defeated Berean Academy, 25-18, 25-20, and fell to the home team, 10-25, 17-25. Whitney Gordon recorded six kills for MHS.

At Centre, Marion defeated Tescott, 25-11, 25-10, White City, 25-11, 25-13, and Centre, 25-27, 25-19, 25-11, in pool play. In the semifinals MHS beat Herington, 25-17, 25-21, then lost to Little River in the finals, 12-25, 25-21, 21-25.

Gordon and Chassidy Carl?son were named to the all-tournament team. Gordon finished with 50 kills. Carlson had 55 set assists.

With some of the younger players gaining experience in the early part of the season, coach Jim Versch said the Warriors are starting to find ?the right combination of people and rotation.?

So far Marion?s strength is up front.

?If we can get the ball to (Gordon), we will get a kill every time,? Versch said. ?Brianna Hall really improved over the day, and showed us she really can hit.?

Versch sees improvement from some of the young back-row players.

?Chassidy Carlson did an excellent job of getting the ball to our hitters, even from some poor passes,? he said. ?Katie Ehrlich continues to really amaze me, starting as a freshman. She really has no fear and continues to improve each match.?

Added Versch, ?All of these girls are so coachable, they are great to work with. Megan Richmond and Kaelyn Thierolf played real well for us in the back row, along with JayDee Schafers (libero).

?This is a young team and should continue to improve.?

Coming?Marion (7-5) hosted the Marion Triangular Tuesday, which also functioned as senior night. Competing schools were Bennington, Moundridge, Inman and Marion.

The Warriors will host their invitational tournament Saturday.

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