Marion volleyball team wins the Centre tournament

Marissa Jacobson attacks the net with a kill to give Marion a 9-0 lead over Herington in Set 2 of the semifinals at Centre Saturday. Marion defeated Herington in two sets and followed with a two-set victory over Berean Academy in the championship to win the tournament with a 5-0 record for the day.  The Marion volleyball team swept its opponents Saturday to claim the Centre tournament championship and improve to 7-0 on the season.

The championship was a battle of Warriors as Marion faced Heart of America foe Berean Academy in the finals.

Marion won Set 1, 25-16.

Once again aided by the serving of Hansen, the Warriors took a 5-0 lead and maintained the advantage. The Warriors took advantage of a 10-2 run to lead, 24-13, but Berean stayed alive by scoring three consecutive points before Shelby Felvus gave the Warriors the win with a kill.

Aside from an early tie, Marion led from start to finish in a 25-12 Set 2 victory. Scoring came in stretches, with Marion enjoying a 5-0 run, followed by a 4-0 run by Berean, then another 5-0 Marion burst for a 20-11 advantage. The Warriors scored five unanswered points to end the set.

“Everybody was telling us, ‘This is going to be a big game,’ so all of us were kind of riled up, too,” coach Brea Campbell said. “We’re like, ‘Wow, we don’t know how this is going to turn out,’ but I think since it was a league team, they just went to town and said ‘No, not this year, not again. Not going to happen.’”

To set up the championship, Marion faced Herington in the semifinals. The Warriors won Set 1, 25-21, but it wasn’t without adversity. The Warriors established a 15-6 advantage, only to weather a furious, 15-3 Herington rally that gave the Railroaders a 21-18 lead and force Campbell to call timeout.

From there, however, it was all Marion. Falon Crawford ignited a 7-0 burst to the finish with a kill. Marissa Jacobson recorded three kills during that stretch, including one to end the set.

Campbell said not allowing teams back into games requires mental toughness, adding that her team always found a way to recover from opponents’ rallies and record the win.

“If you have one error, the key is to not let it snowball,” Campbell said. “We did have some of those moments, but we always got out of it.”

Marion won Set 2, 25-17. The Warriors started strong, backed by the serving of Kourtney Hansen, and Marion enjoyed a 9-0 lead. The Warriors took their first double-digit lead, 12-2, and maintained control.

With Marion in front 21-9, Herington outscored the Warriors, 8-4 to end the set, including a stretch of six consecutive points, but Marion held on to win after a Jessi Lewman kill.

Earlier in the day, the Warriors coasted through pool play, defeating Life Prep Academy, 25-4, 25-6; Rural Vista, 25-11, 25-13; and Centre, 25-14, 25-17.

“We were really dominant all morning,” Campbell said. “It was nice to see them play that way. I think we needed that after Tuesday.”

Hutchinson Trinity—Marion opened its season with a pair of league victories Tuesday, but in both cases it took three sets.

The Warriors faced the host team first, getting off to a shaky start in Set 1 as Marion missed its first four serves to contribute to a 6-3 Celtic lead. The Warriors rallied, and a block by Bailey Baker gave Marion its first lead, 8-7. The teams battled to a 21-21 tie, and Marion capitalized on four Celtic errors to win the set, 25-22.

Marion lost Set 2, 25-18. Aside from a 4-4 tie, the Warriors trailed.

The Warriors secured the win with a 25-20 Set 3 victory. Kourtney Hansen contributed three service aces to an 8-0 run that put Marion securely in front, 21-12. But the Celtics closed within four before the Warriors secured the win.

The Warriors won Set 1 oer Sedgwick, 25-18, using a 5-0 run to take the lead from the beginning. Although Sedgwick tied the game at 11, Marion never trailed and outscored the Cardinals, 7-1, to end the set.

Following a 2-2 tie in Set 2, a Marissa Jacobson block ignited a 8-0 Warrior run and Marion built its lead to double digits, 14-4. Things took a turn for the worse, as Sedgwick crept back into the game. The Cardinals completed the comeback with an 8-1 run to win, 25-20.

Set 3 was a back-and-forth battle from the start. The teams locked heads in a tie 16 times, including at 22 apiece. From there, Marion pulled away to win, 25-22.

Marion coach Brea Campbell said she was pleased with her team’s performance in its first competition of the season.

“Did we play our best? Probably not,” she said. “But the fact that we can still come out and compete against those guys—the first time out—when Sedgwick had played seven times and even Trinity had played four, it says a lot about those girls. I’m proud of them.”

Coming—Marion was scheduled to host Berean Academy and Wichita Trinity Tuesday and will host its Spikefest tournament Saturday. Matches begin at 9 a.m.

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