Area volleyball recap
Cole Camp 2
Coming off of a third-place finish in the annual I-70 Conference tournament on Sept. 30, the St. Paul Lutheran High School Lady Saints volleyball team traveled to Cole Camp High School for an Oct. 2 matchup with the Lady Bluebirds. The Saints tried to find holes, but couldn't often enough, falling in straight sets (25-15, 25-17).
“Cole Camp is one of the better defensive teams we've faced this year,” Saints head coach Thomas Lange said. “It was really hard getting anything to the floor against them.”
Junior middle hitter Karson Troth was able to find some ground, leading the Saints with six kills, while senior setter Meghann Roepe also had two service aces. Defensively, sophomore libero Joanna Peuster led the Saints with 21 digs. Junior outside hitter Lynda Bennett followed close behind with 19 digs.
The loss dropped the Saints to 6-15-1.
On Oct. 3, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School lady Saints volleyball team played host to Wellington-Napoleon High School in a matchup of I-70 Conference foes who had met the prior weekend in the I-70 Conference Tournament, a 2-1 victory for the Saints in the third-place match. This matchup wasn’t as good to the Saints, who narrowly fell in a tight first set (23-25) before getting beaten more handily in the second set (15-25).
The Saints played very well in the first set – so well, in fact, that head coach Thomas Lange described it as possibly their best set of the year. Unfortunately, however, the Saints made a handful of untimely errors at the end, giving Wellington the first set. The emotional loss might have taken the wind out from behind the Saints, who struggled more in the second set en route to a revenge victory for WNHS.
Multiple Saints played solid ball, including junior middle hitters Noelle Boyle (three kills) and Karson Troth (four kills, two service aces), junior outside hitter Chloe Fuhrman (three kills), and senior setter Meghann Roepe (12 assists) and sophomore libero Joanna Peuster (22 digs).
The loss dropped the Saints to 6-16-1 on the season.
(23-25, 25-13, 19-25)
On Oct. 2, the Concordia High School Lady Orioles volleyball team played host to Windsor High School in a nonconference match. After a heartbreaking loss in the first set (23-25) and a commanding victory in the second set (25-13), the Lady O’s fought hard but came up just short in the third set (19-25) and thus the match, losing 2-1.
They might not have won, but multiple Orioles had excellent performances. Sami Brackman finished with 13 of her team's 38 kills, with Madyson Langkrahr finished just behind her with 12 kills. Those two ladies also led their team in service aces, with Brackman collecting seven and Langkrahr collecting 7 en-route to CHS finishing with 16 aces. Langkrahr also easily led the team in assists, contributing 12 assists towards her teams combined 19.
The loss dropped Concordia to 4-18-2 on the season.
Santa Fe 2
On Oct. 5, the Concordia High School Lady Orioles traveled to Alma for a matchup with I-70 Conference foe Santa Fe High School. Two quick sets made up the match, and at the end, the Lady Chiefs emerged victorious, winning 25-7 and 25-8.
Sophomore outside hitter Carrigan Smith and senior middle hitter Sadie Limback each contributed six kills while junior setter Katarina Langan helped her team with all 13 of their assists. Four Lady Chiefs found holes in the Orioles’ service defense en-route to a combined 17 service aces, led by junior middle hitter Josey Burton’s seven.
The victory moved the Lady Chiefs to a sparkling 27-2 record on the season, while Concordia fell to 4-17-2 with the loss.
Grain Valley Tournament
(Finished 3rd in pool)
Grain Valley 2
Rock Bridge (Columbia) 2
Raytown South 0
TOURNAMENT PLAY (Single Elimination)
Cole Camp 2