Orioles stumble in late-season tournament play, but close season with W
Monday, Oct. 14 — Nonconference — Windsor HS
Windsor 0 (25-11, 25-17)
Six aces and 31 assists were enough for the Concordia High School Orioles volleyball team to scoot past Windsor High School in their nonconference matchup.
Sophomores Kaleigh Benson (three) and Hali Deatherage (two) found the floor multiple times for aces, while fellow sophomore Cate Cooper slashed to the tune of 13 kills. Sophomore Landry Yount played a large role in making it all possible, contributing a whopping 30 aces to the two-set match.
The Orioles move to 9-5-2 (5-0) with the solid victory.
Windsor falls to 4-17-1 with the loss.
Thursday, Oct. 17 — I-70 Conference — Santa Fe HS
Santa Fe 2 (25-13, 21-25, 25-21)
They started off slow, but the Orioles showed no quit in them as they came just a few points away from handing hosting — and I-70 Conference Tournament Champions — Santa Fe High School their first loss since the end of September, and just their second of the season.
Things didn’t look good early, as the O’s dropped the first set 25-13. But a great effort in the second set extended the match to a third as the Orioles were able to hold on and pull off a 25-21 victory. The third set also finished with a 25-21 score, but this time it was the Lady Chiefs who had the upper hand when the dust settled, ending the Orioles’ upset attempt.
The Orioles got two blocks apiece from sophomores Cate Cooper and Landry Yount. Yount finished with 11 digs, while sophomore Kaleigh Benson finished with a team-high 13 digs.
Cooper finished with 12 kills, while senior Kailey Ohrenberg concluded with seven kills.
Yount once again led the squad in assists, finishing with 16.
While it was a disappointing loss for Orioles fans, this looks like the matchup of the future, with both teams filled with young talent and appearing to be uber-competitive for the foreseeable future. And, with both teams set to compete in the Class 1 District 13 tournament, they might cross paths one more time this season.
The Orioles fell to 9-6-2 (5-1) with their first conference loss of the season.
Santa Fe moves to 24-3- (5-0) with the victory. It was their 27th straight win against the Orioles, dating back to a Class 1 District 14 Tournament loss in October of 2009.
Saturday, Oct. 19 — Grain Valley Tournament — Grain Valley HS
Belton HS - Loss (0-2) - Pool
Grain Valley HS - Loss (0-2) – Pool
Smithville HS - Loss (1-2) - Pool
St. Pius X (Kansas City) HS - Loss (0-2) - Elimination
Thursday, Oct. 24 — I-70 Conference — Saint Paul Lutheran HS
Saint Paul 1 (15-25, 25-19, 25-23)
The Orioles went into the second game of their I-70 Conference against hosting - and rival - Saint Paul Lutheran High School with their backs against the wall after a first set that got away from them. However, the O’s were able to dig deep and pull out a narrow victory against a solid Saints squad that came into the matchup just two days removed from a victory against Sweet Springs HS.
After a first set that saw the Saints run away to a 25-15 victory, the Orioles were able to step up in the second set, pulling out a 25-19 victory. Even closer conditions preceded the end of the third and final set, with the Orioles narrowly avoiding going into extra points in the tiebreaking set for the 25-23 victory.
Sophomores Kaleigh Benson and Cate Cooper went for three and two aces, respectively, while Cooper (10) and senior Kailey Ohrenberg (eight) led the team in kills. Sophomore Landry Yount earned 16 assists in 67 attempts.
The Orioles won the error battle, committing 32 compared to the Saints’ 37. The Saints came out on top in team assists (32-19) and aces (11-6), however, as well as in digs (62-54).
Concordia advanced to 11-10-2 (6-1) with the victory, securing their first winning season since the 2015-16 season, when they finished 28-5-2 (6-1). Their only I-70 Conference loss that season was also to Santa Fe HS — who would later defeat them in the Class 1 District 14 championship en route to their Class 1 State Championship victory.
Saint Paul’s regular season ends at 15-14-2 (3-4) with the loss. While quality of opponent would obviously affect this, it is worth noting that this was just the second time all season that the Saints lost the third game of a match. They pulled out four wins in rubber matches this season.