The Newton High School volleyball team got off to a rough start Friday with an opening match loss in the Class 5A state tournament at the Landon Arena, Topeka Expocentre.


The Newton High School volleyball team got off to a rough start Friday with an opening match loss in the Class 5A state tournament at the Landon Arena, Topeka Expocentre.

Newton lost to Shawnee Heights 25-21, 25-20, giving up one bad run in each game to give the Thunderbirds the advantage.

Newton recovered to down McPherson in the second match 25-20, 25-19. Newton was eliminated with a 25-22, 25-12 loss to Lamsing.

Against Shawnee Heights, Newton fell behind 15-11 in the first game. Newton closed to within 21-20 on an Erica Phillips ace, forcing a Shawnee Heights time out. A potential kill that would have tied the game was called back on a Railer net violation. The Thunderbirds downed a block to win the game.

Tied 7-7 in the second game, Railer hitting errors allowed Shawnee Heights to jump ahead 14-8. After a time out, Shawnee Heights scored two more points, including its first ace of the match.

The Thunderbirds started making errors, allowing Newton to close within three, 20-17. Newton held off two match points, before losing.

For Newton, Katie Loescher had seven kills and five downed blocks. Kate Lehman had five kills and four downed blocks. Emily Hiebert had two kills and a downed block. Taylor Zweisler had a kill and three downed blocks. Phillips downed two blocks.

For Shawnee Heights, Hallie Williams had eight kills, followed by Catherine Steuart with seven. Cierra Ceazar, Kylee Kennedy and Kelly Scannell each had three kills.

Newton ends the season 34-9.

Class 5A State

Tournament

Pool A

Wichita Carroll def. Wichita Kapaun, 25-22, 23-25, 25-14

SM Miege def. Wichita Kapaun, 25-10, 25-12

St. Thomas Aquinas def. Wichita Carroll, 25-21, 25-20

SM Miege def. Wichita Carroll, 25-12, 25-18

7:30 p.m.—St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Wichita Kapaun

8:30 p.m.—SM Miege vs. St. Thomas Aquinas

Pool B

Shawnee Heights def. McPherson, 25-17, 25-21

Shawnee Heights def. Newton, 25-22, 25-20

Lansing def. McPherson, 25-21, 25-15

Newton def. McPherson, 25-20, 25-19

Shawnee Heights def. Lansing, 25-21, 25-20

8:30 p.m.—Newton vs. Lansing