MOUNDRIDGE — Moundridge High School volleyball team hosted a quad match on Tuesday to conclude their regular season as Inman, Little River and Goessel High School were in town.
With it being Senior night, the Wildcats would finish their final home matches 2-0 after defeating Little River and Goessel.
The Wildcats first took on the Little River where they survived a three-set battle against the Redskins. The Wildcats won the first set 25-21. The Redskins rallied back after coming from behind and escaped in the second set, 25-20. The last set it was all Moundridge as they won the final set, 25-12.
“Give credit to Moundridge. A good coach will expose your weaknesses, and that’s just what happened,” Little River coach Kim Rolfs said. “You just have to get better in those areas. We will regroup and do what we can in practices but we are in that point of the season where it’s on the girls to come out compete like they are capable of for an entire match.”
While for the Teutons, they were at the Greer Gym where they went into a tough battle with Goessel. However, they came up short after falling to the Bluebirds in three sets, 20-25, 25-12, 17-25.
After beating Inman, the Bluebirds would move on to the High School to take on Moundridge, while Inman stayed put to face the Redskins as they battled for third place. Both the Teutons and Redskins both won each of their sets, forcing a third set. It was heaping between the two, but the Teutons escaped with the 2-1 victory. (25-19, 25-23, 26-24).
“It was a hard fought battle,” Inman’s head coach Emily Butler said. “I don’t think one lasted under a minute. Every point was a fight. We just need to work on controlling our errors.”
“Our team can perform at a pretty high level at times and others times ... well ... not so high. It’s been fun to see these girls progress. but disappointing to watch them play beneath their capabilities at times and that’s just what happened in both matches,” Rolfs said. “We understand that volleyball is a game of momentum and right now we are having a hard time of getting the momentum back when it goes the other way.
Back to Moundridge, the Wildcats got a clean sweep against the Birds, defeating them in two sets, 25-10, 25-19. According to fellow senior player Keira Sebrant, Moundridge wasn’t at their best despite getting the job done.
“We definitely didn’t play at our highest level in our ability that we can,“ Moundridge’s senior Keira Sebrant said after the game. “We definitely have some improvements to do in our blocking and trusting in our back row, but if we come back to practice tomorrow, and ready to work, we’ll get it fixed and ready to go.”
Moundridge completes their season at 22-9. Inman finished their year at 18-13 in their season. Goessel is 20-11. Moundridge and Inman will play at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Heart of America League tournament in Sterling. Little River and Goessel will play in the Wheat State League tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday at Canton-Galva High School.