INMAN — The Sedgwick Cardinals were the Moundridge volleyball team’s kryptonite.
The Wildcats lost to the Cardinals in pool play of Saturday’s Inman Invitational, but at the end of the day they met again for the championship, with the same result.
Still, it was a 3-2 day for the Wildcats. They won pool matches against Fairfield (25-7, 25-18) and Cunningham (21-25, 25-22, 25-23) and they also outlasted arch-rival Inman in the semifinals (25-19, 22-25, 27-25), a match that could possibly have taken something out of the team as it needed a lot of physical and emotional energy.
“I'm proud of our players for how they fought back in some close matches today,” Moundridge coach Kelsi Chisholm said. “Besides the Sedgwick matches, I thought we maintained our composure pretty well for a young and inexperienced team.”
Zaelynn Foth led the team in kills with 40 followed by Bethany Stucky with 22 and Natalie Kaufman with 13. Foth also came up with 6 aces, with Ellen Durst and Natalie Kaufman each contributing 5.
Serve receive, which could be a big key to the season, had its moments, according to Chisholm.
“Our serve receive was really good except against Sedgwick,” she said. “Chelsey Knight did a great job today playing as first-time libero for the team. We need to continue to limit our unforced errors, but taking second is definitely something this team should be proud of.”
As for the host Teutons, they had a splendid 4-1 day, the only loss in the semis to Moundridge. They were 3-0 in pool play with wins over Central Christian (25-9, 19-25, 25-18), Cedar Vale-Dexter (25-10, 25-14) and Remington (25-20, 25-23). After losing to Moundridge, the Teutons bounced back for third place with a 25-20, 25-18 success against Remington.
• RESULTS •
• POOL A •
Moundridge def. Fairfield, 25-16, 25-19
Sedgwick def. Cunningham, 25-7, 25-18
Moundridge def. Cunningham, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23
Sedgwick def. Fairfield, 25-20, 25-17
Sedgwick def. Moundridge, 25-7, 25-13
Cunningham def. Fairfield, 25-22, 25-17
• POOL B •
Inman def. Central Christian, 25-9, 19-25, 25-18
Remington def. Cedar Vale-Dexter, 25-21, 25-19
Inman def. Cedar Vale-Dexter, 25-10, 25-14
Remington def. Central Christian,25-20, 25-22
Inman def. Remington, 25-20, 25-23,
Central Christian def. Cedar Vale-Dexter, 25-22, 26-28, 25-17
• SEMIFINALS •
Sedgwick def. Remington, 25-13, 25-21
Moundridge def. Inman, 25-19, 22-25, 27-25
• Third Place •
Inman def. Remington, 25-20, 25-18
• First Place •
Sedgwick def. Moundridge, 25-11, 25-16