The Marion volleyball team recorded three wins and two losses at the Heart of America league volleyball tournament at Bennington Saturday.
In pool play, the Warriors went 3-1, starting the day by defeating Remington for the first time this season, 26-24, 25-18. It was the teams’ third meeting of the year.
“We changed some stuff up because we knew what their lineup was going to look like,” coach Brea Campbell said. “The girls were very open to any changes that we made. They knew that we needed to do whatever it took in order to beat that team. We ended up flip-flopping our lineup.”
Campbell said the change worked so well, she continued to implement it the rest of the day.
“We got that to fit most of the hitters that we saw,” she said. “I’m one of those people that if something’s working, don’t change it.”
Marion continued pool play by defeating Bennington for a second time this season, 25-14, 28-26.
“(Bennington) had a slow start in the first game against us,” Campbell said. “But then they came out in the second game rip-roaring ready to go, and we had to catch up.”
The Warriors suffered a three-set loss to Sedgwick, 25-21, 25-27, 25-20, a team Marion also lost to in early September.
“We scouted (Sedgwick) all day, we just wanted them,” Campbell said. “(We) finished that second (set) and we were ready to go, and that third (set), we just kind of had some moments that you can’t have against teams like that.”
Marion concluded pool play with a two-set win over Ell-Saline, 25-12, 25-16.
Marion advanced to bracket play as one of the top two teams in its pool. The Warriors lost to Hutchinson Trinity in the semifinals, 25-23, 25-19.
“That was a tough match,” Campbell said. “They’re just a good team. They’re very similar to Sedgwick, who we played phenomenal against.”
There was no a third-place match scheduled.
Campbell’s takeaways from the day were positive.
“I was so incredibly proud of the way these girls played,” she said. “They played so well all day. We had our moments, but what team doesn’t? Hopefully, we can come out with that on Saturday.”
Marion—The Warriors won two of three matches on senior night Tuesday.
Marion began with a 2-0 win over Berean Academy, 25-8, 25-8. The Warriors also defeated Berean Sept. 12.
Marion then defeated Peabody-Burns in two sets, 25-16, 25-9.
“We came out on top and we stayed on top the entire time,” coach Brea Campbell said of the first two matches. “Everything was just working.”
To conclude the evening, Marion faced Remington for a second time this season and lost in two highly-contested sets, 26-24, 29-27.
“Remington was just a tough match, back and forth quite a bit,” Campbell said. “(It was) really tight the whole way through.
“(Remington has) improved so much with their defense. They pick up a lot. It’s pretty hard to put a ball down on them.”
Coming—Marion (22-13) was scheduled to play at Central Christian Tuesday.
The Warriors will host a Class 2A sub-state tournament Saturday. The field, in addition to the Warriors, includes Northern Heights, Canton-Galva, Goessel, Herington, Hillsboro, Olpe and Wabaunsee. Seeding was expected to be released Wednesday.