The Moundridge volleyball team nearly turned Class 2A upside down on Saturday.
The Wildcats had No. 1-ranked Central Plains on the ropes in the sub-state championship match, but couldn’t complete the deal.
After losing the first set 25-9, the Wildcats came back for a 25-20 victory to force a deciding set. With the pressure on Central Plains since it’s No. 1 in the state, the Oilers responded with a 25-17 victory to punch their ticket.
Moundridge had reached the finals with wins over Sacred Heart (10-25, 25-13, 25-19) and Inman (25-17, 25-20).
• EAGLES’ SEASON ENDED — Canton-Galva entered sub-state play as a No. 7 seed, but the Eagles nearly pulled a shocker.
Facing No. 2 seed and tourney host Olpe, C-G pushed the favored hosts to the limit. After Olpe won the first set 25-16, Canton-Galva stormed back for a 25-21 decision. Olpe eventually pulled away with a 25-19 victory in the deciding set.
“I was very proud of the effort and energy our girls put forth in this match, competing for every single point, battling toe-to-toe with the eventual sub-state runner-up,” C-G coach Jenny Loyd said.