Volleyball Tourney at Council Grove

UP AND AT EM’ LADY INDIANS! On the morning of Saturday, October 12th, the Varsity volleyball team met at the high school by 5:50 in the morning to get on the road and head to their tournament in Council Grove, Kansas. The girls were on the road by 6 o’clock and ready to dig into their breakfast on the bus ride. Headphones were plugged in and blankets were unrolled; soon the volleyball team was asleep and dreaming of the day they would have. Soon, the bus parked in the parking lot of Council Grove High School and the girls piled out the doors and walked into the gym. Coach May said some encouraging words to the girls to get them pumped up and the girls were changed into their uniforms while anxious to get the day started.

With a hard battle fought, the Indians took the win over Abilene which kick-started the energy for the day. After this win was accomplished, the Lady Indians took the win against Council Grove on the Brave’s own court. With these two big wins, the team had an abundance of fire going into the last of pool play. With a small break, they were back on the court against Santa Fe Trail. The Indians took the Chargers to three sets but fell short. With the girls doing so well at the beginning of the day, they ended up being first in their pool.

The team talked about how they were going to play smart and find chemistry with each other so they can do the best they can while they had a break. The buzzer buzzed and the Lady Indians were headed to the court to face Hesston in the first round. A big fight and good things happened but the Indians fell short to Hesston. Carlee Lill comments on the struggles throughout the day, “Our communication could have been better. There were certain parts of the day where people just weren’t talking and that’s when we would dig ourselves in a hole.” The girls watched Wamego play Abilene and witnessed Abilene win. Once the game was over, the ladies started to warm up so they could face Wamego. The whistle blew and the game was underway. Another hard-fought match was made but the Indians fell short and took fourth place. Lexi Cash adds her reaction with the statement, “Personally I was really glad because I had never made it out of pool play at that tournament before. With the team, I was disappointed because we all knew 3rd place was within reach.” Lexi shares her last thought with, “I know we gave it everything we had, it just fell short.”

The day was finished and the Indians had something to be proud of. The bus, filled with talking and recapping of the day, soon fell quiet while some of the girls slept and others starred out the window listening to music. The day was done and Nicole Robinson comments, “We started off the day pretty strong against Abilene… Bracket play was a little rough but we still came out with the metal. Getting wins at the beginning of the day definitely made my hype for the rest of the day because we can succeed… Honestly, those first two wins at the beginning of the day had been the team we’d been waiting for all season.” Once the bus parked in the high school parking lot, the Indians volleyball team unloaded and went home ready to take on their next opponent on the upcoming Tuesday.