The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 2, 1996 · Page 22
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04 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1996 SPORTS THE SAUNA JOURNAL T HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Eastern Kansas sends three teams into 4A semifinals Santa Fe Trail, Ottawa, Perry-Lecompton move on as does Haven By HAROLD BECHARD Tlie Salina fottrnat As was the case in the 3A tournament earlier in the day, the Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament came down to a tiebreaker. And the Lansing Lions were the team left out of today's semifinals. The Lions finished 2-1 in Pool B, but so did Haven and Santa Fe Trail. Based on the percentage of games won, Haven and Santa Fe Trail qualified for today's 1:15 p.m. semifinals, while Perry- Lecompton and Ottawa came through in Pool A. Haven nearly went through the first day unscathed. For two matches and one game, the Wildcats did exactly what head coach Randy Mathias wanted. They won. But after that, the Wildcats couldn't compete with Santa Fe Trail's height and the power spikes of 5-10 junior Jarah Myers. Meyers sent one spike after another to the floor as the Chargers won 13-15, 15-2, 15-4. Without the win, it would have been Santa Fe Trail heading home after one day. "It seemed like we played right into their hands," Mathias said. "We knew they had a weak spot in the middle, but we only dumped it in there a couple times." Myers proved too tough for Haven to handle in the final two games of the match. "She's the best hitter we've seen this year, and I'd say she's as good or better than (Hoisington's) Sarah Gotten," Mathias said. "We could never figure her out, and we're not used to the kind of height they had (6-3 and 6-2 sisters Megan and Trudy Carter)." Despite the loss, the Wildcats advanced to the tournament semifinals as the No. 1 seed in Pool B. "This senior group of girls was in the first sixth-grade class I taught," Mathias said. "So, it's a special group to me." Haven (29-4) will face Ottawa (36-6) today in one semifinal match, while Kaw Valley League Class 4A TODAY'S SCHEDULE At BICENTENNIAL CENTER SEMIFINALS 1:15 p.m. — Perry-Lecompton (36-2) vs. Santa Fe Trail (33-3); Haven (29-4) vs. Ottawa (36-6). 3RD PLACE 2:45 p.m. — Semifinals losers. CHAMPIONSHIP 5:45 p.m. — Semifinals winners. rivals Santa Fe Trail (33-3) and Perry-Lecompton (36-2) square off in the other. The hard-luck team was Lansing. The Lions finished in a three-way tie with Haven and Santa Fe Trail in Pool B, but were eliminated because of percentage of games won. Haven finished the day with a 52 record in games played; Santa Fe Trail was 5-3 and Lansing 4-3. After polishing off Goodland, 158, 15-6 in the final match of the evening, the Lansing players were all smiles. Then, head coach Julie Slater told them the bad news. Smiles immediately turned to disbelief, then tears. "It's terrible, but we had a bad first match (a 15-6, 15-4 loss to Haven) and it killed us," Slater said. "Haven played well against us, and we played horrible, probably our worst match of the year. "But we have 10 of our 12 (players) coming back and we set a school record with 31 wins," she added. "We were just nervous and tight as a drum against Haven." Goodland had a frustrating day as well. The Cowgirls (28-13) lost all three matches and failed to win a game. Perry-Lecompton, the tournament's No. 1 seed, had an early scare before righting its ship. The Kaws lost the first game of their opening match (19-17 to Augusta) and trailed 6-0 in the second game. "I was thinking, 'well, we're going to have to win the next two matches,' " Perry-Lecompton coach Lori Kukuk said. But the Kaws were nearly flawless after that. They scored 15 straight points in the second game against Augusta before surviving Weskan goes 3-0, will play Jewell in Class 1A semifinals Coyotes stay unbeaten; Wildcats rebound from opening-match setback By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Goodland's Nikki Wurtz goes up for a block during Friday's match against Santa Fe Trail at the Class 4A state tournament. a 15-12 score in the deciding game. The Kaws then rolled to easy wins over Ottawa and Labetter County to win their pool. "1 told the kids the first match would be the toughest of the day, and it was," Kukuk said. "Augusta was a good team." Two teams from the Kaw Valley League are in the semifinals and another (Lansing) came close. "It's an incredibly tough league," Kukuk said. "We also have teams like Tonganoxie and Immaculata as well, and they're good every year." Nemaha Valley, Hesston advance in 3A Traditional powerhouse beats tourney's No. 1 seed; Smith Center out By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Top-seeded Hesston and traditional powerhouse Nemaha Valley emphatically presented their cases during pool play Friday in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Bicentennial Center. Both advanced into today's semifinals with Nemaha Valley posting a 3-0 record, including a victory over Hesston. Things weren't nearly as clear in Pool 2 at the conclusion of pool play. Second-seeded Lakin, No. 3 Riley County and No. 6 Silver Lake finished with a 2-1 records, forcing tournament officials to dig deep into the tiebreaker format to determine who would advance. The odd team out — Lakin. Hesston takes on Silver Lake and Nemaha Valley plays Riley County in today's semifinals at noon. Lakin's 15-10, 15-8 loss to Riley County in pool play proved costly for the Broncos, who end their season with a 37-4 record. Class 3A TODAY'S SCHEDULE AT BICENTENNIAL CENTER SEMIFINALS Noon — Hesston (33-2) vs. Silver Lake (27-6); Nemaha Valley (28-5) vs. Riley County (30-5). 3RD PLACE 2:45 p.m. — Semifinals losers. CHAMPIONSHIP 4:15 p.m. — Semifinals winners. "That's the breaks of the game, I guess," Lakin coach Steve Davidson said. "We just didn't play our best and you need to do that when you get to this level. We never got things going today." Hesston lost to defending champion Nemaha Valley in the finals of the 1992 and 1994 state tournaments and did so again Friday, 159,15-11 "They are our nemesis," Hesston coach Vickie Annable said. "We just made too many errors. We played so tentative all day. We were unsure of ourselves. "I'm not sure who that team was. I'm not pleased with our play today at all. I hope we got all of this out of our system." Hesston (33-2) opened pool play with a convincing victory over Erie (15-7, 15-5) and finished with an equally impressive victory over Smith Center (15-7,15-7). Seniors Rachel Stuckey and Staci Young led the Swathers in their over Smith Center. Stuckey took over play at the net and Young had eight service points. I felt a little better about the Smith Center match," Annable said. "We were a little more relaxed." Smith Center (29-7) lost its first match to Nemaha Valley (15-3, 157), but rebounded with a 15-10,15-2 victory over Erie before losing to Hesston. "The bottom line is Hesston did a better job than we did," Smith Center coach Nick Linn said. "(Hesston) knows how to play all facets of the game. They're strong at the net. For every hard hitter we have, they had three. And they were good at hitting it down the line. "Nemaha Valley was real powerful. We got caught up in the tournament thing instead of the volleyball thing. We created no breaks for ourselves." Linn was happy with his team's effort despite the two losses. "I felt our girls worked hard," he said. "They came around and had a good win against Erie after losing to Nemaha so badly." Pool 2 was a dogfight. Lakin beat Silver Lake (14-16, 15-5, 15-9), but lost to Riley County. Riley County beat Lakin, but lost to Silver Lake (15-9,15-10). Riley County's surprisingly easy victory over Lakin was the key match. Riley County had played a three-game against Pomona just before taking on Lakin. "Our girls were getting dizzy because they hadn't had any dinner," Riley coach Bob Lewis said. "I was concerned that the Lakin match would go to a third game and we wouldn't have anything left. "We blocked extremely well today. It was the key against Lakin. It took their big hitters out of the game." The third-place match is scheduled for 2:45 p.m., today and the championship match at 4:15 p.m. j likTcbuntiyCiub I Special Year End Golf Promotion For A Limited Time Only! $50 For A Limited Time You Can Become A Member Of Elks Country Club Golf For Only 6 Payments Of Per Month! 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The three victories put the top- seeded Coyotes, now 39-0, on a collision course for a championship rematch with 37-0 Centralia, which also rolled through its pool unscathed. To reach the finals, Weskan must first get by Jewell, which won its last two pool matches to advance. The other semifinal pits Centralia against 26-7 Argonia. Both semifinals are scheduled for noon, with the third-place match at 2:45 p.m. and the championship at 4:15. "We're obviously happy with the wins," said Weskan coach Dave Hale, whose Coyotes dumped Argonia 15-5, 15-5, Little River 15-2, 15-8 and Deerfield 15-5, 15-6. "I thought we played a little uninspired in the third one, but I guess we survived. The big thing is we play on Saturday." The Coyotes dominated each match, led by the hitting of juniors Wendy Okeson and Pamela Welsh. Junior Michele Smith and sophomore Stacey Welsh shared setting duties. "I felt we played pretty consistent and we served pretty well," Hale said. "As long as we pass it well, our setters are going to do a good job. And we always have a lot of power. "I thought Wendy Okeson stepped right up. She's an excellent hitter and passer. When we needed the ball on the floor, she put it there. Pamela Welsh hit the ball well, too." Okeson, an all-stater last year, said she was unconcerned about the ease with which the Coyotes rolled through pool play. "We played really well," she said. "We've had challenges all season, so we're ready." No. 2-seeded Centralia also went through pool play without losing a game, knocking off Jewell 15-4,152, St. Paul 15-1, 15-4 and Waverly 15-6,15-6. Things did not come as easily for Jewell, which faced elimination after losing to Centralia and . dropping the first game to No. 3 seed Waverly. But the Wildcats battled back to hand Waverly its first loss of the season, 9-15, 15-12, 15-5. They then clinched a spot in the semifinals with a hard-fought 16-14, 15-11 decision over St. Paul. "That's kind of how we've played all year," said Jewell coach Jennifer Adolph. "We have to put the pressure on ourselves before we can come back. But we showed we had the fight." Middle hitter Kirsten Barrett, an all-tournament selection last year as a sophomore, controlled the net along with senior Sarah Griffeth. The Wildcats also got solid hitting on the outside from senior Katrina Class 1A TODAY'S SCHEDULE AT HAYS' GROSS COLISEUM " SEMIFINALS Noon — Weskan (39-0) vs. Jewell (31-8); Centralla (37-0) vs. Afgonia (26-7). 3RD PLACE 2:45 p.m. — Semifinals losers. CHAMPIONSHIP 4:15 p.m. — Semifinals winners. Class 2A SEMIFINALS 1:15 p.m. —'Garden Plain (27-8) vs. Qreensburg (34-4); Goessel (28-6) vs. Rossville (22-12). 3RD PLACE 2:45 p.m. — Semifinals losers. CHAMPIONSHIP 5:45 p.m. — Semifinals winners Matter and junior Jackie Conn. "(Barrett) knows how to hit around a block, so we knew what we could get out of her," Adolph said. "They're both (Barrett and Griffeth) pretty strong." With an injury to senior setter Megan Coco, Jewell has relied almost exclusively in postseason on junior Julie Scheef to get the ball to the big hitters. "She's had experience, so I wasn't worried at all about that," Adolph said. With the two victories, Jewell went from No. 7 seed to semifinalist for the second straight time. The Wildcats finished fourth last year. Class 2A The top two seeds — Pittsburg Colgan and Spearville — both were eliminated in pool play of the Class 2A tournament and no team made it through undefeated. Garden Plain, the No. 5 seed, captured Pool A with victories of 13-15, 15-6,15-11 over GoesseLand 15-9,15-2 over Colgan before falling 13-15,15-8, 15-2 to eighth-seeded St. Francis. Goessel tied Garden Plain at 2-1 but finished second in the pool because of its head-to-head loss against Garden Plain. Greensburg and Rossville both went 2-1 in Pool B, with Rossville claiming first by virtue of a head- to-head victory. 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