Warrior volleyball has 4-1 week

Janae Rempel / Free Press<p>Bailey Robson attacks the net during Thursday?s nightcap against Moundridge. Marion defeated the Wildcats twice last week, including 2-1 Thursday (25-23, 16-25, 25-22)?and 2-0 Tuesday (25-16, 25-20).

The Marion volleyball team improved to 16-2 on the season by winning two of three games in a quadrangular at Moundridge Thursday.

Marion sustained a 2-0 loss to Class 3A No. 4 Southeast of Saline.

With perfect placement for their attacks, the Trojans cruised to a 25-13 victory in Set 1.

Aside from an early tie, Marion trailed the duration of Set 2, but gave the Trojans all they could handle late in the set. Trailing 21-14, Marion enjoyed a 6-0 run. SES burst with three points before Shelby Felvus recorded a kill. Two SES errors made it 24-23, but the Trojans were awarded the final point to win, 25-23.

?We knew they had hitting,? coach Brea Campbell said of SES. ?There?s nothing really that we could?ve done about that. I think we got, maybe, a little timid. We?ve got to stop that. We knew that they were a good team, but I think we need to start understanding that we?re a great team, too.?

Marion rebounded with a 2-0 victory over Salina-Sacred Heart. In Set 1, the teams remained within four points, and Sacred Heart took an 18-17 lead on a tip-kill. From there, Marion scored six points in succession and won, 25-19, on a pair of Sacred Heart errors.

The Warriors played from behind a majority of Set 2. Trailing 17-13, the Warriors put it in high gear, using an 8-0 run to take the lead, 21-17. Kourtney Hansen had back-to-back kills during that stretch, and Marion never trailed again en-route to a 25-19 win.

?Coming back and beating Sacred Heart, who is always a pretty good team, was big,? Campbell said. ?That showed me a lot, especially winning it in two.?

Marion then faced Moundridge for a second time last week and won, 2-1.

Marissa Jacobson started Set 1 with a block, and the teams battled neck-and-neck.

After a 23-23 tie, Kourtney Hansen recorded a kill and Erika Hess followed with a service ace to give Marion the 25-23 win.

Marion never led in Set 2, and Moundridge built a double-digit, 23-13 lead. Kourtney Hansen contributed two tip-kills to a 3-0 Marion run, but the deficit was too large to overcome. The Wildcats won, 25-16.

In Set 3, Marion attacked the net early to establish a 7-2 lead, but Moundridge fought back to tie it at 14. The Wildcats took momentum and the lead, 19-18, but Marion quickly tied the game and used a 4-0 burst to on the way to a 25-22 win.

?They had to dig deep,? Campbell said. ?We?ve been talking all night about, we have to find what makes our team work, and that?s energy. When we don?t have it, we don?t play well. They finally got it.?

Sedgwick?Marion earned wins over a pair of league schools Tuesday, defeating Sedgwick (25-8, 25-23) and Moundridge (25-16, 25-20).

Coming?Marion (16-2) was scheduled to play at Remington Tuesday. The Warriors will compete at Belle Plaine Saturday. Games are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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