While the new classifications have been released, the Kansas Volleyball Coaches Association will not release rankings with updated classifications reflected until Week 4 rankings are submitted this week.
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Thomas More Prep-Marian vaults into top-10 with multiple ranked victories
Thomas More Prep-Marian was unranked, though moved into No. 9 in Class 3A this past week – and has continued to play well. The Monarchs stood 16-5 when Week 3 rankings were released last Wednesday and is now 24-5. TMP has just one senior, 5-foot-8 Kallyn Dewitt, but a talented sophomore and junior class.
The sophomores include 5-foot-11 Emilee Lane, who enjoyed an outstanding freshman year in volleyball and basketball. Lane was first team all-league in volleyball last season, and is the lone all-league player back.
Sophomore Kassidi Yost runs the 5-1 offense, and sophomore Lauryn Miller is also a key hitter.
The junior class includes middle hitter Jadyn Gottschalk, defensive specialist Emilee Augustine and 6-foot-2 Sasha Wasinger. Gottschalk is a great athlete who set the school clean record for ninth grade girls and was a very high-level gymnast for many years.
Coach Natausha Dreher has done a terrific job of turning around the Monarch program. In the previous four years, TMP went 34-5, 37-4, 42-3 with a Class 3A state title and 20-16 last season.
The Monarchs started 2-3 with losses to Colby, Salina South and Olathe West, all bigger schools, notably OW, which is ranked ninth in Class 6A. However, the Monarchs have not lost since a 3-1 defeat (14-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-23) to Beloit on Sept. 12. Beloit is ranked second in Class 3A.
On Sept. 14, TMP went to the WaKeeney-Trego Invitational and delivered wins versus Russell, Stockton, Northern Valley, Leoti and host WaKeeney (2-1; 16-25, 28-26, 25-18). The Golden Eagles are ranked ninth in Class 2A.
On Sept. 21, the Monarchs attended the Hill City triangular and defeated Hill City and Phillipsburg, 2-1 (25-11, 23-25, 25-14). The Panthers were ranked ninth in 3A in the Week 2 poll.
On Sept. 24, the Monarchs had a home triangular with a 2-0 sweep against Oakley and a big 2-1 win versus Smith Center. Smith Center is 16-3 and ranked second in Class 2A.
TMP won 25-22, 12-25, 28-26. At one time, the Monarchs trailed 10-5 in the third set, then were up 16-15. The Monarchs were down 24-22 at match point and came back to win. TMP lost twice to SC last year.
On Saturday, TMP won five matches, all sweeps, versus Hugoton, Cimarron, Ulysses, Holcomb, Dodge City and host Lakin at the Lakin tournament. This marks the second straight year TMP has defeated Dodge City, a Class 6A school.
Garden Plain continues to roll with tournament title; Hesston victory
The Owls, defending 2A champions and ranked third in 2A, bumped their record to 16-1. Garden Plain won the Douglass tournament this weekend with a three-set victory in the finals versus El Dorado. GP also swept Mulvane, Winfield, Hillsboro, and Augusta at the tournament. Alli Puetz and Natasha Dooley each earned all-tournament team honors.
As well, Garden Plain earned a big 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-17, 25-21) home victory versus Hesston on Sept. 26. Hesston is ranked third in Class 3A. Garden Plain limited Hesston to .148 hitting, though Swather standout Talby Duerksen delivered 22 kills. Garden Plain dug 59 percent of available attacks and held Hesston to its lowest hitting percentage since Sept. 10.
Hesston is 12-3. Before the GP loss, the Swathers had only fallen twice, both to Nickerson on Aug. 31. Duerksen, a returning first team all-state player, paces with 163 kills (4.9 per set) with a .290 average. Senior Elise Kaiser has 2.4 kills per set and 4.2 digs per set to lead the squad.
Lyons defeats Little River to win LR tournament
Lyons (14-4) swept Sterling, Ellsworth and Little River to capture the LR tournament. The Lions have made a sizable turnaround after 4-19, 17-19, 6-23 and 12-17 records the last four years. Lyons has won four in a row and held a 28-11 advantage in sets won. Lyons has only lost to Hesston twice, Halstead, and Smoky Valley.
Little River is 15-5 after the 25-17, 25-20 loss to Lyons. It marked the first matchup between the schools since ’07. Lyons features three seniors with Liberty Belote, setter Daci Stover and 6-foot middle/outside hitter Kristina Head. She was voted team captain as a junior and her mother was a former assistant coach.
The Redskins have enjoyed a nice season from sophomore Lily Boughfman with 3.7 kills per set and a .309 hitting percentage – 100 points higher than any of her teammates. Little River was ranked third in Class 1A two weeks ago.
Leah Ayers, a first-year transfer and the daughter of new LR football coach Kevin Ayers, stands second with 78 kills, 2.4 per set. Coach Ayers was formerly the longtime coach at Jetmore and Sharon Springs.
Bougfman ranks second with 24 aces, five behind Morgan Konen. Senior Abbie Hudson paces with 11 blocks. Boughfman leads with 93 digs. Senior Jaylie Bergkamp has 274 assists for coach Kim Rolfs.
Washburn Rural edges Gardner-Edgerton; caps big week
In a high-profile matchup Saturday, host Washburn Rural defeated Gardner-Edgerton, 25-19, 25-15 in the WR tournament. It marked the second time the two teams met up. Earlier in the day, WR beat G-E, 2-1 (26-28, 25-20, 25-20).
G-E is ranked fourth in 6A, up a spot from last week. Washburn Rural held down the No. 2 spot in 6A. Gardner Edgerton stands at 16-7. WR is 15-1 and gets rival Topeka Hayden in a matchup on Tuesday. Hayden is ranked second in 4A.
Also last week, Rural defeated Topeka Seaman in a classic match: 21-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21, 15-13. Seaman is ranked ninth in Class 5A. Rural trailed 13-8 in the fifth set, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Rural has key seniors for longtime coach Kevin Bordewick: Eisa Mondragon, Macy DeLeye, and Trinity Dilliehunt. Mondragon and Macy DeLeye are the only returning letterwinners.
However, Rural receives substantial contributions from non-seniors, notably junior Izzy Entz, along with freshmen Brooklyn DeLeye and Taylor Russell. Rural was 38-7 and fourth in Class 6A last season. WR has vaulted from a No. 10 ranking in the preseason to second. Rural has started four freshmen and have played five, with two sophomores in key roles. Junior Cassidy Doll went down with an ACL injury three weeks ago.
Olathe West into rankings with big turnaround of third season in school history
Olathe West is ranked ninth in Class 6A after not being ranked in the previous week. OW is 15-6 in its third year of existence. Coach Amy Hoffsommer has enjoyed a big turnaround after 3-32 and 10-25 marks in her first two seasons with the program.
According to the team’s most updated statistics, freshman Ava TeStrake has enjoyed a great year with 161 kills (3.6 per set) and a .307 hitting percentage. Junior Madalyn Ehlers is second with 130 kills (2.9 kills per set). She carries a .254 average. No other player is above .125 hitting.
TeStrake has long been a standout player in the younger ranks. Three years ago, she led Dynasty volleyball 11-black to a national title and was expected to go to Olathe Northwest before OW opened. She is a 6-foot-3 right-handed outside hitter.
TeStrake paces OW with 32 aces, three ahead of Ehlers. Seniors Bethany Allison, Ellie Wiltanger and Dominique Loveless are key contributors. Juniors Nevaeh Jackson and Lexie Burke are 1-2 in blocks with 30 and 21, respectively.
Wiltanger leads with 136 digs, and Loveless paces with 368 assists. Overall, OW averages 11.4 kills per set with a .204 hitting percentage, along with 2.8 aces per set.
OW opened 6-0 in the Sunflower League but did fall 3-1 (25-12, 23-25, 25-20, 31-29) on Thursday to Gardner-Edgerton on G-E’s Senior Night.
Olathe West started the season on Aug. 31 with a long trip to Hays and defeated Hays High, TMP, Wheatland-Grinnell and Scott City to win the tournament. Since a 2-3 finish at the Lansing tournament on Sept. 14, OW is 6-2.
Sedgwick wins Herington tournament
On Saturday, Sedgwick swept to victory in the Herington tournament and moved to 24-1 to cap a strong week. Sedgwick is ranked fifth in Class 2A.
On Thursday, the Cardinals defeated Kingman and Nickerson, which is ranked third in Class 4A. Sedgwick defeated Nickerson in three sets.
The Cardinals also swept through the Heart of America League dual meets last Tuesday. Sedgwick defeated host Berean Academy and Marion.
Grace Thompson, Taylinn Lacey, Alexa Scarlett and Haydn Anderson pace the Cardinals for coach Karen Stucky.
Sedgwick’s only loss was a 2-1 road defeat at Garden Plain in the season’s second match. Thompson, the starting libero, was second team all-state on a 34-4 season last year. Stucky stands at 427-198 in her career.
Goddard on 18-match winning streak, up three spots in 5A
The Lion girls are 18-2 and shifted from tenth to seventh in Class 5A. Goddard lost 2-1 to Maize South and Derby to open the season. Maize South is still undefeated and is ranked sixth in Class 5A. Since then, the Lions have 2-1 victories against Valley Center, Maize, Belle Plaine, Andover, rival Goddard Eisenhower, Great Bend and Hutchinson.
The last four victories, two at home on Sept. 24 and two at Great Bend on Sept. 26, have all been 2-1 wins for coach Marianne Mooney. Every player on the varsity roster except sophomore Cydney Carter is a senior. Goddard returned all but one player from last year’s team.
Goddard beat Great Bend 19-25, 25-19, 25-17, and Hutchinson High 25-13, 13-25, 25-20. GB stands at 8-3, Hutchinson at 11-8, according to the Great Bend Tribune. Seniors Sydney Morrow turned the GB match when it was tied 15 all in the second set.
Goddard basketball enjoyed a big turnaround last year and went to the state tournament. Senior Kade Hackerott is also on the volleyball team and has committed to play basketball at Division II power Central Missouri. Morrow and senior Abbie Medbery are also key players. Medbery has committed to play volleyball at Newman.
Independence defeats St. Mary’s Colgan
Independence moved from tenth to seventh in Class 4A and was 11-2 at the time of the poll rankings last week. On Saturday, Indy defeated Southeast-Cherokee and West Elk by 2-0 margins and then beat Pittsburg Colgan, 2-1 (26-24, 19-25, 25-16). Overall, Independence won the 10-team Cherryvale tournament with Colgan second, West Elk third and Southeast-Cherokee fourth.
Colgan is ranked fourth in Class 2A. Indy had been 0-4 versus Colgan since ’08, including a 2-1 loss last season.
The Bulldogs’ roster includes senior Cloe Mills, Kate Gordon, Callie Younger and Kate Kleiber. Earlier this season, Gordon earned all-tournament honors at the Eureka tournament. Indy reached the Class 4A state tournament in ‘18 and went 0-3 in pool play.
SE-Cherokee is 12-10 with seniors Katie Bitner, Anna Thompson, McKenna Renn, Jordan Jameson and Sara Schirinzi and juniors Railey Robertson and Mattie Haynes leading the squad. In a win versus Neodesha, Bitner had eight assists, and Robertson finished with three aces, eight kills and nine digs. Jameson finished with 11 digs, and Schirinzi had five assists.
Against Colgan, Bitner had eight kills, and Jameson eight digs. Versus WE, Bitner finished with six kills, 10 digs and seven assists.
Attica wins Central Burden tournament
Attica defeated Argonia in the semifinals and then Cunningham in the championship match of the Central Burden tournament. Attica stands at 18-2 and is ranked sixth in 1A, a drop of one spot from last week. Attica had lost to Cunningham four days before the tournament. The Bulldogs had opened the season 10-0 with its only other loss to Belle Plaine.
Twin Valley League update
League statistician Vicki Adams provided the updated league standings after Sept. 24 results. Valley Heights is 18-3, 8-0 in league. Centralia stands at 13-5, 7-1. Clifton-Clyde is 8-6, 6-2. Wetmore is 8-6, 6-3. Frankfort is 9-5, 4-3. Hanover is 12-12, 5-4, and Linn is 11-10, 5-4 to round out the teams above .500. Valley Heights remained sixth in 2A, and Centralia third in 1A.
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