Unfinished business

Goessel volleyball ticket to state with hopes of winning it allDale Wiens Photo<p>Goessel?s Alyssa Booton sets up the attack during Saturday?s Class 1A-Division I sub-state tournament. Booton contributed 59 assists in victories over Peabody-Burns and Pretty Prairie to help the Bluebirds win the championship title. Goessel advances to the state tournament at Fort Hays State University. Pool play begins Friday.<p>

The Goessel volleyball team cruised to a Class 1A-Division I sub-state championship on its home court Saturday.

?I thought our team was focused,? coach Crysta Guhr said. ?We knew this was one more step in our journey, and I thought we came out and set the tone early for what we wanted to do.?

As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Goessel had a first-round bye and awaited the winner of No. 4 Peabody-Burns and No. 5 Langdon-Fairfield.

Peabody-Burns won that quarterfinal matchup (27-25, 20-25, 25-21) to face Goessel in the semifinals.

Goessel earned a two-set victory over Peabody-Burns, winning Set 1, 25-3, and following with a 25-5 victory in Set 2.

Every Bluebird recorded a kill in the game, led by Page Hiebert with 17. Alyssa Booton had 30 assists.

The win over Peabody-Burns pitted the Bluebirds against No. 2 Pretty Prairie, who had advanced to the finals with a semifinal win over No. 3 South Haven. Both had first-round byes.

In the championship, Goessel claimed the two-set victory over Pretty Prairie, winning Set 1, 25-11, and claiming the title with a 25-7 win in Set 2.

Hiebert led the attack with 18 kills. Booton had 29 assists.

Coming?The Bluebirds (39-0) will compete in the Class 1A-Division I state volleyball tournament Friday at Fort Hays State University.

Goessel has received the No. 1 seed and will open pool play at 8:30 a.m. Friday against No. 8 Clifton-Clyde (15-16). Goessel will face No. 5 Waverly (33-4) at 10:30 a.m. and No. 4 Rosalia-Flinthills (34-3) at 1:30 p.m.

The other half of the bracket features No. 2 Hoxie (36-0); No. 7 Kensington-Thunder Ridge (28-9); No. 3 Centralia (38-1), to whom Goessel lost in the state championship a year ago; and No. 6 LaCrosse (32-6).

Semifinal matches will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with the finals to follow 15 minutes after the conclusion of the last semifinal match.

?Our obvious goal is to win state this year,??Guhr said. ?We have a couple familiar teams in our pool?on Friday?two teams that we saw last year in our pool.?We really look forward to playing at a high level and hopefully reaching Day 2 for an opportunity to win it all.?

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