Warriors second at Marion Spikefest

 Marion?s Julia Hall (3) goes up for the block as Canton-Galva?s Jennifer Likes (4) sends the ball over the net during the teams? second set Saturday at the Marion Spikefest. Marion won the matchup, 25-15, 25-14, and finished as tournament runners-up. The Marion volleyball team went 5-2 last week to improve to 11-4 on the season, finishing second at the Marion Spikefest Saturday.

The top-seeded Warriors took an 8-2 record into the Spikefest and finished the day as runners-up after losing in three sets to Halstead in the championship game.

Marion opened with a 25-9, 25-11 victory over Eureka, then defeated Canton-Galva, 25-15, 25-14. Marion lost to Halstead in the final game of pool play, 25-21, 17-25, 22-25, but advanced to the bracket semifinals against Centre.

The Warriors defeated the Cougars, 25-13, 25-16, to earn a berth in the finals, but lost 25-22, 22-25, 18-25.

?We played well most of the day,? coach Deanna Thierolf said. ?Halstead played very well when they needed to and dug up everything we were hitting. We just couldn?t get a consistent run going at the end. We had too many errors when we were starting a run that gave the ball right back to them.

?The girls played hard, but they weren?t satisfied with that loss, and that?s OK. They will be ready to play them again later down the road.?

Katey Ehrlich and Megan Richmond were named to the all-tournament team.

Hutch Trinity?The Warriors swept two games at Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday.

Marion opened with a 26-24, 25-20 win over Benning?ton, then beat Hutch Trinity?ranked ninth in Class 3A?25-18, 20-25, 28-26 after falling behind in the third set.

?It was a great match,? coach Deanna Thierolf said. ?We were down 16-22 in the final set and just kept chipping away and came back and won.

?The girls just refused to lose, and they came up with some key digs to turn the game around. There were some long volleys, and it was just a fun match to watch.?

Coming?The Warriors were scheduled to play at Moundridge Tuesday and will play at Southeast of Saline at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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