Lady Titans, Lady Lancers advance to 1A substate

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Southern Coffey County High’s Lady Titans enjoyed home court advantage and got the job done Tuesday in their Kansas Class 1A Regional Volleyball Tournament in Le Roy.
It is the fifth straight 1A regional volleyball championship for Southern Coffey County. Marais Des Cygnes Valley High’s Lady Trojans made them work for it but the Lady Titans came out on top, 25-17, 30-28.
Both of those teams move on to 1A substate play Saturday in Rosalia.
So do Crest High’s Lady Lancers. The Lady Lancers lost to host St. Paul 25-21, 25-16 in their Class 1A regional volleyball championship match Tuesday but earned their first trip to substate since 1993.
The top two teams in the designated four regionals in the southeast advance to Class 1A substate play at Flinthills High School Saturday. The substate has two four-team tournaments and the the winners of each tournament earn berths in the state tournament.
At Le Roy, Yates Center High’s Wildcats ended their 2009 season with a 25-14, 25-15 loss to Hartford in the first round of the regional.
“Our kids gave it a good try. We didn’t have a way to stop Hartford’s Farr, a 6-2 hitter, consistently,” said Dan Berg, Yates Center head coach.
“We will miss Kassy Reynolds as our only senior. Our younger players learned a lot this year. They need to continue to learn and improve. It was a good bunch of kids to work with.”
Yates Center got three service points from Daryean Estes, who had one ace serve. Drew Spencer had three points and two ace serves plus two set assists. Reynolds had two service points on two aces and two kills.
Alexa Stephenson had one service point. Autumn Douglass had five kills and one solo block. Paige Stein forth had three set assists.
Southern Coffey County defeated Waverly 25-19, 25-18 in the semifinals. SCCH head coach Korey Lankton said his team had good starts to both sets.
Marais Des Cygnes Valley dispatched Hartford in the semifinals. That set up the championship match.
“We played with good chemistry and rhythm in the first set,” Lankton said. “Then in the second set, we just missed some opportunities in middle stages to build a lead.”
Lankton said as both teams approached the 20s in points there were two big plays that could have gone either way and the Lady Trojans took advantage of both.
“They took the momentum and really put the pressure on us. We kept it a one-point set and made a couple of nice plays to finish it off,” Lankton said.
Kristen Garland had 21 set assists. Shelby Birk planted 10 kills and Laurie Ohl had eight kills.
At St. Paul, Crest was the No. 2 seed in the regional and took on Chetopa, which had beaten Pleasanton in the first round, in a semifinal match. The Lady Lancers defeated Chetopa 25-15, 25-21.
“The team did a great job making defensive adjustments, communicating and passing,” said Shelly Strickler, Crest head coach. “The team serving percentage was 94 percent.”
Caitlin Golden had 15 defensive digs and two ace serves for Crest. Melissa Honn had 14 digs, four kills and three ace serves. Ashley Catt had 13 digs, two ace serves, nine assists and one kill.
Chelsey Brooks had 13 digs. Amanda Strickler had nine kills, one block, eight set assists and four ace serves. Tessa Louk had four kills, Nikia Stewart had one kill and Katrina Strickler had one ace serve.
In the championship match, Amanda Strickler delivered 12 kills for Crest against St. Paul plus had six assists, one block and one ace serve. Catt had three kills, six assists and one ace serve.
Louk had two kills and one block. C. Golden had two ace serves and one block. Brooks had one ace and Honn had one kill.