GOESSEL — The Sedgwick Cardinals and Douglass Bulldogs each claimed a pair of wins Thursday in a modified volleyball quadrangular at Goessel.

Sedgwick, ranked third in Class 2A, downed Goessel, ranked 10th in Class 1A, 23-25, 25-12, 25-17; and Moundridge 25-21, 25-21.

Douglass downed Moundridge 25-18, 14-25, 25-16; and Goessel 25-14, 25-5.

“I feel like we got two wins,” Sedgwick coach Karen Stucky said. “I feel like we were tired, but we played well enough. We are young and are figuring out what it means to play tired. We are figuring out how to communicate when we are tired. We are building. This is a process. We have to not play to the level of our competition.”

Sedgwick fell behind in the first set against Goessel, but was able to come back and tie before the Bluebirds pulled away late.

Sedgwick jumped out to a strong start in the second set. Goessel led early in the third set, but the Cardinals were able to make a run and hold off the Bluebirds for the win.

“We made way too many errors in the first set,” Stucky said. “It kind of balanced out in the second set. We were able to limit our errors in the third.”

“We hurt ourselves in the end there with some mistakes, but it was a good match for us,” Goessel coach Crysta Guhr said. “It was the first time we’ve gone three. It was good we put ourselves in that position. We just have to eliminate our errors.”

Against Moundridge, Sedgwick was never able to shake off the Wildcats completely, but managed to come away with both sets.

Douglass jumped out in the first set against Moundridge. The Wildcats were able to play a strong second set, but Douglass was able to regroup to win the third set.

Douglass got off to big leads in both sets against Goessel. The Bulldogs improve to 8-0.

“Against Douglass, it took too long to get on track and it took too long for us to adjust,” Guhr said. “We struggled with our passing. (Douglass) made a lot of that happen, so that was to their credit.”

Goessel is coming off matches Saturday and Tuesday.

“This has been a tough stretch,” Guhr said. “We have to get back on track. … They are starting to find that and that personal growth.”

Stats for the matches were not available at press time.

“We’re so shallow, so we have to walk a very thin line,” Moundridge coach Bryan Otte said. “It doesn’t take a lot to throw us off that. We’ll get better. (Against Douglass,) we gave up too many long rallies that we couldn’t get back. We’ll work on that in the gym. … We’re still young and we play hard.”

Sedgwick improves to 14-2, one of its best starts in recent years.

“We’re excited, but we have to realize (the ranking) is just a number and we have to prove it every time we get on the floor. I feel like we kind of earned that tonight.”

Stucky and Guhr are sisters, who have met several times since taking over their respective programs.

“It’s fun,” Stucky said. “I know what’s exactly coming at me and she knows exactly what’s coming at her. We run similar stuff and have similar types of players. Our girls play summer club together, so they are friends off the court. There was a lot of tension in that gym today. Both teams wanted to win.”

“It seems like every time we play them, it’s a really good match,” Guhr said. “These girls all play together in the summer, so they are friends across the court. Whoever is going to win it, it’s going to be hard earned. It was a battle.”

Sedgwick hosts Ell-Saline and Sterling Tuesday. The Cardinals are 2-1 in league play.

Moundridge, 6-5 overall and 2-1 in league, plays Bennington and Inman Tuesday at Marion.

Goessel is 9-4 and plays Tuesday at Wakefield with Solomon in Wheat State League play, followed by a tournament in Olpe.

“We have five seniors returning, but everyone is playing a different position than last year,” Guhr said. “They are still learning their roles. They are starting to come along. There has been a lot of improvement in the last week.”

Goessel quad

Sedgwick def. Goessel 23-25, 25-12, 25-17

Douglass def. Moundridge 25-18, 14-25, 25-16

Douglass def. Goessel 25-14, 25-5

Sedgwick def. Moundridge 25-21, 25-21