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Sports in Kansas: Statewide Volleyball Notes - 10/15/19

Jeff County North won the Riverside Tournament for the sixth year in a row.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Oct 15, 2019

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This week’s notes and Kansas Volleyball Association rankings reflect the updated classifications. 

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1A regionals to be released; Rural Vista leads pack; Golden Plains takes losses

At 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, KSHSAA will release the 1A regional fields. There was little shakeup in the 1A poll last week. No new teams entered the poll, though a few squads shifted one spot.

Rural Vista (25-3 at time of poll) and Centralia (21-5) continue to hold down the top-two positions. Flinthills, Thunder Ridge, Golden Plains, Attica, Beloit/St. John’s-Tipton, Little River, Chetopa and Lebo round out the top-10. By winning percentage, Golden Plains was leading at 21-1 when the poll was released, but now stands at 23-3.

GP hosts its own regional and lost to Rawlins County and WaKeeney-Trego, which has been ranked in 2A. Rawlins County is the second seed at the Golden Plains regional with an 18-9 mark.

Centralia, Beloit/St. John’s-Tipton as top seeds

In the Attica regional, Cunningham is 28-6, followed by Attica at 28-7, and Kiowa County at 22-8. Pretty Prairie (21-10) and Coldwater-South Central (20-11) help form one of the strongest regionals.

Centralia, now 23-4 according to KSHSAA’s updated results after weekend action, is the significant favorite in the Axtell regional. The Panthers are the only program above .500. Centralia has captured the last three 1A state championships.

Host Beloit/St. John’s-Tipton (24-5) paces its own regional. Lincoln stands at 19-10, and Sylvan-Lucas is 17-9. BSJT has defeated both teams. The Blujays have a five-match winning streak entering Tuesday’s key triangular at Thunder Ridge. BSJT and TR have split two meetings this year.

1A Central Plains regional with parity

The Central Plains regionals is intriguing with third-seeded Victoria (15-10) behind Central Plains (19-10) and Otis-Bison (18-11). Victoria defeated Central Plains on Oct. 8, and is 1-2 against Otis-Bison.

O-B, led by senior standout Maddie Wiltse, a Nebraska-Kearney basketball commit, is 1-1 against Central Plains this year. O-B has won three in a row after five straight losses, and gets Ellinwood and Kinsley on Tuesday.

At Frankfort, Clifton-Clyde is 19-9, while host Frankfort is 18-10, and Hanover is 16-13. Frankfort defeated C-C on Oct. 8: 23-25, 25-23, 25-15.

Goessel, under Crysta Guhr, one of the state’s top coaches, leads its own regional with a 14-13 record, the only team above .500.

At Kinsley, Minneola (24-6) and Bucklin (22-10) have both put together strong seasons. Host Little River (22-6) is slightly ahead of 21-11 Hutchinson Central Christian. At Logan, Thunder Ridge (23-5) and Logan (16-9) are the only teams that have more than 11 victories.

Olpe upsets Flinthills on Monday in five sets; Udall playing well

No. 1 Rural Vista (27-3) and No. 3 Flinthills (31-4) lead the fields at Centre and Madison, respectively. However, Flinthills might not be the favorite. Third-seeded Olpe (20-9) defeated Flinthills on Monday in a wild five-set match: 25-19, 29-27, 12-25, 13-25, 15-12.

At Moscow, Montezuma-South Gray (23-9) has seven more victories than any other team. SG has two losses to 3A Cimarron and three to 2A Spearville.

At Oswego, Chetopa is 31-5, nine more victories than any other team. Argonia (25-8) paces at Oxford, with 19-12 Udall next. Argonia is 3-0 versus Udall.

At Greeley County, perennial power Wheatland-Grinnell (20-7) is the No. 1 seed. W-G challenged itself early, including an early season Hays tournament and losses to WaKeeney-Trego. However, the Thunderhawks have won eight in a row.

Washburn Rural continues success; Brogan steps in at setter; Bordewick close to 900

The Junior Blues shifted from second to third in Class 6A poll last week. Blue Valley stayed first, while Mill Valley made a sizable jump from sixth to second. On Saturday, WR won the Derby tournament that had multiple ranked teams. Washburn Rural is 26-3.

Coach Kevin Bordewick said 5-foot-10 sophomore Katelynn Brogan was the third setter in a 5-1 that WR used at Derby.

 Washburn Rural normally uses a 6-2, but one setter is out with a concussion and the second one is sick. Brogan had two days of practice and had never set before. Brogan was part of the 6A state basketball championship team last winter and had played well on the right side.

Notably, Washburn Rural defeated host Derby, 23-25, 26-24, 26-24. The Junior Blues won 25-17, 26-24 versus Maize South.  Derby is eighth in Class 6A, and Maize South is fifth in 5A.

As well, Washburn Rural beat Liberal, Newton, Wichita Northwest and Wichita South. Entering Tuesday’s home action against Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka Hayden, Rural has won nine consecutive matches.

Washburn Rural is significantly playing five freshmen on varsity, including 5-7 Alysa Ladsen, a three-sport athlete who also participates in basketball and softball.

Bordewick is closing in on 900 career victories. He is in his 28th season as a head coach, including 25th at Washburn Rural. Overall, he stands at 894-249. Last year, WR finished 38-7, including 9-0 in league.

Senior 6-foot-1 middle hitter Macy DeLeye is headed to Drake for volleyball. Senior defensive specialist/libero Eisa Mondragon will play volleyball at McCook (Neb.) Community College. DeLeye is a four-year starter, and Mondragon is in her second year with WR – and second season as a starter.

Maize South takes first losses; no more unbeaten teams

The Mavericks were the last unbeaten team in Kansas with a 25-0 mark at the release of last week’s poll. Maize South continues to stay fifth in Class 5A. The Mavericks took its first defeat in a triangular at Valley Center on Oct. 8. Maize South lost 25-22, 25-20 to Andover.

On Oct. 10, the Mavericks defeated Wichita Trinity, 2-0. Trinity is ranked third in 4A.

At the Derby tournament, Maize South swept Wichita Northwest, Arkansas City, Derby, Wichita Heights and then look the 2-0 loss to Washburn Rural. The Mavericks are still a highly impressive 34-2.

The top-three and four of the leading five hitters are seniors with Erica Fava, McKinley Pruitt, Carley Sterneker and Holly Price. Fava has 4.1 kills per set with a .325 hitting percentage, while Pruitt is at 2.9 kills per set with a .340 average. Fava continues to lead the team with 68 aces and is second with 236 digs for one of the best all-around seasons in the state.

Junior Laurel Jones, a Marquette commit, has 1.4 kills per set with a .340 average. She has 748 assists (9.6 average).

Frontenac on big winning streak

Frontenac has captured 18 straight victories and stands at 26-3 under coach Cassie Rhuems. She has had great success with the Frontenac softball program with a pair of state titles, including last spring. Frontenac is 10-2 at home and has a 57-8 edge in sets won. The Raiders stayed sixth in Class 3A.

Frontenac delivers 11.4 kills per set with a .228 hitting percentage and 24.1 digs per set. The Raiders are a quality blocking team with 131 blocks and also have 3.3 aces per set. Junior Reagan Hipfl has averaged 3.3 kills per set and carries a .314 hitting percentage.

Senior Karma Fields, the reigning Class 3A Softball Player of the Year, has 196 kills for 3.1 kills per set. She is at an efficient .289 hitting. Sophomore Heather Arnett is third with 148 kills. Senior Bria Ginanvan leads with 51 aces and Arnett is second at 47. Hipfl paces with 59 blocks, and freshman Hattie Pyle has 50 blocks.

Senior Bailey Rhuems has 388 digs for 6.1 digs per set, one of the state’s top marks. Junior Gracen Hipfl is among the state leaders in assists per set at 9.9. Frontenac went 31-13 last season, though ended the fall with three straight defeats.

Frontenac has seen improvements across the board from last year, a season that yielded 11.8 kills per set, a .145 hitting percentage, 86 blocks and 2.4 aces per set. Frontenac graduated Madison Davis, who led the Raiders with 363 kills, 100 more than any other player, but the Raiders returned their next six hitters, including Fields and Reagan Hipfl.

Ellinwood riding six-match winning streak without seniors; big season from Maxwell

Ellinwood, with no seniors, has won six in a row and stands at 24-4 under coach Greg Maxwell. Ellinwood remained eighth in the Class 2A rankings. The Eagles have also had a solid turnaround. In ’15, Ellinwood finished 12-23. Then, Shelly Duvall, who is now enjoying great success at nearby Great Bend, led Ellinwood to 25-13 and 25-14 records.

Last year, Ellinwood posted a 27-14 mark with Maxwell. The Eagles have 10.5 kills per set, a .210 hitting percentage, 15.4 digs and 3.8 aces per set. Junior Mya Maxwell leads with 253 kills for 4.0 per set. Sophomores Brooke and Allison McReynolds have 157 and 124 kills, respectively.

Maxwell also leads with 68 aces, while Brooke McReynolds has 30 blocks. The rest of the team has 26 blocks. Junior Anahi Mendez has a substantial lead in digs at 314 (4.9 per set). Sophomore Mary Dimitt has 258 assists, and Maxwell has 229.

Ellinwood has significantly improved its serve-receive game. The Eagles had 191 serve-receive errors last year and has just 104 this season. Last year, Ellinwood had just two seniors in Madison Ward, who led with 480 kills and 54 blocks, and Kaitlyn Pohlman (242 digs).

Additionally, Maxwell enjoyed a big sophomore year with 3.2 kills per set, a team-high 80 aces.

Smoky Valley continues winning ways

After last Thursday’s sweep at Central Plains, Smoky Valley stands at 19-9 and on an eight-game winning streak for coach Sharlene Ramsey. SV is in second place in the Central Kansas League behind Hesston. On Tuesday, the Vikings will face Pratt and Hesston.

At CP, Smoky Valley defeated Central Plains, 25-17, 25-17, and Ellsworth, 25-14, 25-18. Against the Oilers, McKinley Johnson had 11 assists, and Elyse Ramsey tallied nine. Abby Rose paced with 11 kills. Bri Franklin led with five digs.

Against Ellsworth, Johnson had 11 assists. Franklin and Rose delivered five kills. Madi Tolle recorded a team-high four blocks, and Franklin had three. Smoky Valley served an impressive 93 percent. SV is not ranked.

Spearville wins Southern Plains Iroquois league title

The Lancers captured the SPIAA league tournament title. Spearville stood No. 9 in last Wednesday’s Class 2A rankings with a 21-2 record. The Lancers were highly ranked in 1A but shifted up a classification earlier this fall. The Lancers stand at 28-2.

Riverton wins Uniontown tournament for third straight season

Riverton, again ranked eighth in Class 3A, is 27-2 with coach Becky Lipasek entering Tuesday’s matchup with Pittsburg Colgan. After an Oct. 8 loss to Frontenac, Riverton won the Uniontown tournament with 2-0 victories against Southern Coffey County, Colony Crest, Central Heights, Arma-Northeast and in the finals against Olathe Heritage Christian Academy (28-26, 25-21).

In the team’s most recent statistical release, 5-11 freshman middle blocker Jacy Thomasson continues to have an excellent season with 234 kills (3.8 per set), a .387 hitting percentage and 66 blocks, all team-bests. Riverton’s next four hitters are all seniors: Camryn Compton, Danielle Weaver, Zoey Mitchell and Madison Strup. Junior Emma Berry leads with 49 aces, five more than Thomasson. Compton paces with 227 digs.

Shawnee Mission Northwest into rankings; relying on multiple freshmen; DeBose wins honor

Shawnee Mission Northwest was unranked and moved into the ninth spot in Class 6A. As well, Lawrence Free State was also unranked and is currently tenth in 6A. The other team that was previously unranked and is now ranked is Holton, which is tenth in 3A.

SMNW stands at 24-10 under coach Susan Specht after 16-23, 29-11 and 23-15 seasons the previous three years. Of the team’s 966 kills, just 40 come from seniors. Junior Reanne DeBose has 333 kills (4.1 per set) with a .243 average. On Oct. 9, DeBose earned the school’s female student athlete of the month honor. The release mentioned DeBose is a team captain and a vocal leader “who also exhibits pillars of hustle and positive work ethic on the court.”

Junior Taylor McCarthy has 245 kills (3.3 per set) with a .255 average. Freshmen Vix Vilott and Elinor Engel have 136 and 122 kills, respectively. Overall the team averages 11.9 kills, 14 digs and 2.6 aces per set. The Cougars carry a .215 hitting percentage.

Last year, the team had 10.5 kills, 13.5 digs and two aces per set with a .202 hitting percentage.

Senior Rylee Garrett has 65 aces, nearly twice as many as any teammate. Engel leads with 59 blocks.

Five players have between 128 and 268 digs, led by sophomore Vivian Kieffer. Freshman Tori Creason and junior Audrey Bennett lead with 437 and 404 assists, respectively. On Oct. 8, SMNW defeated Olathe South, 3-1, and won at Shawnee Mission East, 3-2 (26-28, 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 15-7), on Oct. 10.

Other notable tournament wins

Hesston picked up win in the Council Grove Tournament for the third year in a row, Cunningham (1A) went 6-0 on the weekend to win the HOPL championship, Garden City (6A) picked up the McPherson Invitational Championship, Jeff County North won the Riverside Tournament for the sixth year in a row. 

Impressive Numbers

Hitters

Winny Harris of Atchison has 414 kills this season. Harris is hitting .537 on the year.

Millie Stockard of 2A Colgan continues dominating season for the Panthers with 352 kills. Stockard featured last week on Faces in Kansas is only a junior. She is hitting .372

Morgan McIntire of 6A Gardner Edgerton has 356 kills on the year.

Samantha Blundell went over 1,000 kills earlier this year and has 346 kills for 1A Chetopa in 2019.

Talby Duerksen of Hesston (3A) has 334 kills on the year for the Lady Swathers.

More players over 300+ kills: Austin Broadie (Trinity Academy), Reanne DeBose (SMNW), Addi Pelham (Maranatha), Erica Fava (Maize South), Jalyn Stevenson (Spring Hill), McKenna Kirkpatrick (Chapman), Riley Tinder (Basehor Linwood), Lili Schubert (Trego)

Several players have solid hitting percentages.

.500 or above: Winny Harris of Atchison (.537) and Reagan Karlin of Garden City (.515)

.400 or above: Hanna Perason of Beloit (.470), Shea Larson of Beloit (.462) and Shubert of Trego (.446)

Notable players over .350 this season include Broadie of Trinity Academy, Hannah Riedy of Rural Vista, Keyana Cruse of Bonner Springs, Jacy Thomasson of Riverton, Anna Feldkamp of St. James, Carrie Roe of Herington, Amelia Vanderwrff of Lansing, Holly Brockmeier of Rural Vista, Stockard of Colgan, Meghan Brockmeier of Rural Vista, Stevenson of Spring Hill, Kirkpatrick of Chapman, Aubrey Duncan of Free State, Ivy Fink of Royal Valley, Mallorie Koehn of Maize, Pelham of Maranatha, Bri Franklin of Smoky Valley, and Brooke Flory of West Franklin.

50+ Aces

Caitlyn Strong of St. Johns Tipton with 72, Madison Schepens of Oswego with 70, Erica Fava of Maize South with 68, Mya Mazwell of Ellinwood with 68, Malia ORender with 66 from Colgan, Rylee Garrett of SMNW with 65, Corinna McMullen of Louisburg with 64, Alyssa Hunter of Belle Plaine with 62, Torrance Lovesee of Bluestem with 60. Others with 50 or more include: Callie Palecki of Maize South, Olivia Lehman of Goodland, Brennan Kirchhoff of Thunder Ridge, Jesena Frame of Kinsley, Mya Winter of Peabody Burns, Kaitlin Crossland of Colgan, Keagan Shockley of Eudora, Lindsy Dinnsen of Oswego, Melaia Freisen of Meade, Samantha Schnitta of BV Southwest, Hannah Hoeven of Olathe South, Maggie Musson of Ark City, Celbi Richardson of Hesston, Bria Ginavan of Frontenac, Emily Action of Cimmaron, Elle Bergerhofer of Maranatha, Sophie Francis of Chaparral and Taylor Pierce of Basehor-Linwood

Setters

700 plus club this season

Laurel Jones of Maize South, Taylor Pierce of Basehor Linwood, Sydney Nilles of Derby, Kendra Wait of Gardner Edgerton.

600 plus club this season

Daphne Gardner of Spring Hill, Remi Vargas of Garden City, Mercedes Madlock of Bonner Springs, Gracen Hipfl of Frontenac, Kirsten Evans of Ottawa, Ainsley Corwine of West Franklin,

500 plus club this season

Camryn Honn of BV Northwest, Sarah Hiller of Olathe East, Jenna Jarmer of Andale, Ryann Alderson of Wamego, Allie Vail of Oswego, Dominique Loveless of Olathe West, Emma McKinsey of Royal Valley, Marea Wortmann of St. James, Peyton Suther of Chapman, Hannah Hoeven of Olathe South, Jaylie Bergkamp of Little River, Catherine Toerber of Valley Heights, Ally Townsend of BV West, Torrie Albertson of Chetopa, Mia Smith of Chaparral, Beth Holmes of Abilene, Destiniy Bergstresser of Rossville, Elizabeth Bott of Linn, and Emmie Kleinherenbrink of Buhler.

Blockers

Brianna Gough of 1A Blue Valley Randolph has an impressive 166 blocks this season. Laura Savage of 2A Marion has 128 while Breeanna Young of Blue Valley Randlloph also has 112. Samanatha Blundell has been one of the top players in 1A for Chetopa also with 111 blocks on the season. Hayley Helms of West Elk has 110 blocks this season. Jordan Boone and Kendra Wait have 91 and 90, respectively. Wait is likely the top multiple sport athlete in Kansas and has committed to play at Creighton. Katy Beeman of West Elk also with 88 blocks, Jayce Ginter of Shawnee Heights with 85, Lauren Schutter of Wabunsee with 83, Sarah Marshall of Jackson Heights with 82, Jenna Zydlo of Basehor Linwood with 81, Taylor Hawkins of Shawnee Heights with 73, Katy Hurd of Perry Lecompton with 73, Faith Beikman of Linn with 72, Kim Whetstone of Bonner Springs with 72, Sadie McWilliams of Basehor Linwood with 71 and Lauren Cary of Trinity Academy with 70

Dig it

600 plus club

Madelyne Koop of West Elk has 614 this season to lead all classes of Kansas.

400 plus club

Addison Campbell of Hoxie, Blair Taylor of Maur Hill-MA, Taylor Burdhardt of Silver Lake, Shea Hanna of Bishop Seabury, Dakota Wiseman of West Elk, Alexa Hafenstine of Wabaunsee

350 plus club

Carly Deines of Centre, Meiko Pearson of BV Northwest, Gracie Walden of Eureka, Jayden May of Marion, Ashley Cookson of West Elk, Tayli Hartwell of Norton, Breanna Young of BV Randolph and Bailey Rhuems of Frontenac.

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Stats are based off of into sent into Conor Nicholl, Sports in Kansas, or MaxPreps leaderboards.