Orioles volleyball stands strong in I-70 Tourney, other matches
A busy slate of games featuring mainly I-70 Conference matchups didn’t work out perfectly in the win-loss column for the Concordia High School Orioles volleyball team, but solid performances throughout should have the Orioles excited. They would go 2-1 in regular-season conference matchups over the past two weeks, and would finish 1-1-2 in the conference tournament.
With just a matchup with Saint Paul Lutheran High School left on their conference - and regular season - schedules, the Orioles will be looking to get momentum back in the right direction for their Class 1 District 13 Tournament appearance against Northwest (Hughesville) HS on Oct. 28.
Monday, Oct. 7 — I-70 Conference — Orrick HS
Orrick 0 (25-6, 25-8)
It was an easy victory for the Orioles when they hit the road and took on Orrick High School, pulling out easy victories in straight sets.
Sophomore Hali Deatherage found the floor for five aces, while sophomore Kaleigh Benson did the same.
As a team, the Orioles only committed nine errors throughout the match.
The Orioles advance to 9-8 (5-0).
Tuesday, Oct. 8 — I-70 Conference — Concordia HS
Sweet Springs 2
Concordia 1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-23)
After a commanding victory in the first set, the Orioles would drop back-to-back heartbreakers against Sweet Springs High School in their final game before the I-70 Conference Tournament.
The Orioles committed six more errors than the Greyhounds (37-31), making a ton of difference. The ‘Hounds also used their length to their advantage, blocking five shots compared to Concordia’s one.
Concordia did lead the assist battle 37-28, while also finishing with seven aces compared to SSHS’s five.
The Orioles fall to 9-9 (5-1) with the tough loss.
Saturday, Oct. 12 — I-70 Conf. Tourney (Pool Game 1) — Sweet Springs HS
Crest Ridge 1 (21-11, 19-21)
After a tremendous set to start the I-70 Conference Tournament, Concordia couldn’t put Crest Ridge High School to bed, tying with CRHS in the first game of the tournament.
The Orioles again found success off the serve, earning aces on seven shots while allowing just two. Errors would cost them in the second set, but they still committed six fewer errors than Crest Ridge (20-14).
Concordia’s record moves to 9-9-1 (6-1).
Saturday, Oct. 12 — I-70 Conf. Tourney (Pool Game 2) — Sweet Springs HS
Lone Jack 0 (21-17, 21-19)
It wasn’t easy, but the Orioles held off Lone Jack High School in the second game of the tourney, winning on narrow sets.
Sophomore Cate Cooper led the way with eight kills, while senior Kailey Ohrenberg finished with six.
Sophomore Landry Yount did the majority of table-setting, finishing with 13 assists. Yount also finished with six digs, as did Cooper. Senior Kaleigh Benson ended with nine digs herself.
Concordia moves to 10-9-1 (5-1) with the victory.
Saturday, Oct. 12 — I-70 Conf. Tourney (Pool Game 3) — Sweet Springs HS
Sweet Springs 1 (22-9, 19-21)
For the second time in the I-70 Tournament, Concordia won the first set of a matchup easily but dropped the second for a tie as Sweet Springs High School battled hard for the second set victory.
Junior Cassidy Warren led the team with five aces, while sophomores Cate Cooper and Kaleigh Benson each finished with three.
The Orioles assisted on 18 points, while the saved 34 with digs.
Cooper led the team with six kills, while fellow sophomore Landry Yount collected 17 assists.
The tie moves Concordia to 10-9-2 (5-1).
Saturday, Oct. 12 — I-70 Conf. Tourney (Bracket Game 1) — Sweet Springs HS
In their first elimination game of the I-70 Conference Tournament, Wellington-Napoleon High School flipped the script from their first appearance against Concordia earlier in the season, winning in straight sets.
Sophomore Cate Cooper finished with five kills, while sophomore Landry Yount contributed 10 of the team’s 17 assists. Sophomore Hali Deatherage ended with 10 digs, a team-high.
The Orioles fall to 10-10-2 (5-1) with their tournament-ending loss.
Wednesday, Oct. 17 — I-70 Conference — Santa Fe HS
Santa Fe 2 (25-13, 21-25, 25-21)
It might have gone down as a loss, but the Orioles played their hearts out against one of the state’s top teams, winning one set against the Santa Fe High School Chiefs.
After a blowout loss in set one, Concordia drew both of the next sets to 25-21, although they would be on the short end of the score in the match-deciding set.
Sophomore Cate Cooper finished with 12 kills, while senior Kailey Ohrenberg ended with seven.
Sophomore Landry Yount ended the match with 16 assists.
Santa Fe moves to 27-1-3 (6-0).