Warriors Volleyball go 2-3 at Centre tournament over weekend

Jayden May dives for a dig during Set 1 with Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday. Janae Rempel/Free Press
Jayden May dives for a dig during Set 1 with Hutchinson Trinity Tuesday. Janae Rempel/Free Press
The Marion volleyball team went 2-3 at the Centre tournament Saturday, finishing fourth overall.

The Warriors started the day with a pair of wins, defeating Centre, 25-22, 25-17, and Wichita Classical, 25-19, 28-26. But Marion ended the outing with three losses, beginning with a three-set loss to Little River to conclude pool play. The Warriors won Set 1, 25-17, but lost the next two, 25-12, 25-21.

“We played really well in the morning against Centre and Wichita Classical,” coach Kris Burkholder said. “We played pretty well the first time we played Little River, also. We won the first set, they won the second set, we were neck and neck in the third set.”

Marion lost to Rural Vista in the semifinals by identical 25-17 scores.

“We didn’t play that poorly, they just had some really dominant hitters, and that hurt us,” Burkholder said. “They were probably being more aggressive than we were with their hitting.”

The Warriors faced Little River a second time to play for third place and lost in two sets, 25-18, 25-17.

“We did not come out in that game like, ‘We’re going to beat them; we’re going to win,’” Burkholder said. “We came out that game kind of still down about losing to Rural Vista and weren’t focusing as much as we could’ve been on the game that we were playing right then.

“We were playing to not lose as opposed to playing to win.”

Lily Lundy led the attack with 24 kills on the day. Chisholm Waner and Tori Shults each had 21. Chloe Burkholder had 64 assists.

Marion—The Warriors lost two matches to league opponents Tuesday.

Marion lost to Hutchinson Trinity in two sets, 25-9, 25-16. Tori Shults and Chisholm Waner each had three kills. Chloe Burkholder had nine assists.

In the nightcap versus Sedgwick, Marion won Set 1, 25-16, but lost Sets 2 and 3 by scores of 25-13 and 25-10, respectively. Lily Lundy had five kills. Chloe Burkholder recorded 12 assists.

“I feel like we are a more comparable team with Sedgwick and Hutch Trinity than we showed,” coach Kris Burkholder said. “They are both good teams, but we played with both of them.”

Coming—Marion (0-2, 6-7) was scheduled to compete at Wichita Trinity Tuesday and will host its Spikefest tournament Saturday.

Moving forward, Burkholder said she will look for improved consistency from her hitters, as well as better passing to set up the offense, in addition to cleaning up errors.