ST. JOHN — Moundridge’s first-round loss to Ellinwood in the Class 2A Sub-State Volleyball Tournament on Saturday was a microcosm of the Wildcats’ season.
The Wildcats finished the year losing 23-25, 23-25 decisions to the Eagles as like in many matches this year they were close, but couldn’t close the deal.
MHS finished 8-24 on the season.
“It was one of those games where it was back-and-forth and both teams very equally matched,” Wildcat coach Kelsi Chisholm said. “Our record does not truly reflect our potential. We were a dangerous team heading into sub-state and I believe we could have won against Ellinwood. We didn’t, but hats off to Ellinwood to coming back and winning. They just kept at us. I am very proud of our girls. They could have played like their record indicated or they could prove themselves one last time. I think we showed who we are and what we were capable of. We will miss the seniors and thank them for all their hard work.”
Natalie Kaufman was the kill leader with 7, while Chelsey Knight led in digs with 19.
“Everyone contributed positively,” Chisholm said. “I am pleased with how hard we played. We hope to build off this late momentum and new-found confidence. We had a lot of younger girls step up, so I am excited to see them grow in the offseason to see what they bring next year.”
Ellinwood made it to the finals, but lost to No. 1-seed Central Plains which is now 36-2.
• INMAN’S SEASON ENDED — Ellinwood also ended the season of the Inman Teutons.
Inman started with a 25-20, 25-9 victory over Medicine Lodge, but then lost 20-25, 16-25 to Ellinwood in the semifinals.
Inman finished the year with a splendid 27-11 record and was ranked periodically in the state poll throughout the season.