SALINA — The Newton High School volleyball team had a rough road at the Class 5A state tournament at the Tony’s Pizza Event Center in Salina, finishing 0-3 in pool play.

Newton fell to Lansing 25-18, 25-19; Andover 25-15, 25-18; and St. Thomas Aquinas 25-16, 25-15.

“I felt like the girls came in with the right mindset,” Newton coach Jamie Dibbens said. “We just didn’t have a lot of things go our way. In the last match against Aquinas, we serve received so well and we just couldn’t get the kill out of it, so we had nothing to generate momentum. What our past alumni always say, it’s not the end of the season that you always remember. It’s that we had success and great memories.”

Newton jumped ahead 7-4 in the first set against Lansing. With Newton ahead 12-9, the Railers gave up a 3-0 run. Up 16-14, Newton gave up an 11-2 run for the set.

Newton fell behind 6-2 in the second set. The Railers got within two, 13-11, but gave up a 3-1 run. The Railers stayed about even with Lansing the rest of the way, but made few inroads into the lead.

Rachel Fairbanks led Lansing with nine kills and a downed block. Karli Schmidt had eight, followed by Bradi Basler with seven and Amilia Van Der Werff with six. Schmidt served four aces.

Asha Regier led Newton with seven kills. DesiRay Kernal had three kills and two downed block. Maggie Remsberg had three kills.

Newton fell behind Andover 9-3 in the first set, hampered by four hitting errors. The Railers took a time out and made a 7-0 run. Andover replied with a 7-0 run of its own to force another Newton time out. Newton scored the next two points, but never got any close.

Tied 7-7 in the second set, Newton gave up an 8-2 run. The Railers traded points from there on.

Korynn Haetten led Andover with nine kills, followed by Maggie Creitz with six. MayaMay Brown had three kills and a downed block. Brynn Wilson served three aces.

Kernal led Newton with five kills. Remsberg had four kills and a downed block. Asha Regier had three kills. Regier and Remsberg each served two aces.

Newton fell behind Aquinas 16-10 in the first set. Newton took a time out, but couldn’t get any closer.

Newton fell behind 16-7 in the second set, burning both time outs to try and stop the run. Aquinas was able to put up its block in the second set to stop Newton. Again, Newton was caught trading points until the end.

Caroline Bien led Aquinas, 35-7, with eight kills and a downed block. Caroline Zabroske added eight kills. Ava Martin had five kills. Jakaila Morgan had three kills and two downed blocks.

For Newton, 31-11, Regier had six kills and a downed block. Kernal had four kills and a downed block. Remsberg had a kill and downed three blocks.

The Railers lose seven seniors — including three full-time starters and three who have started at some point this season.

“A lot of them just enjoyed playing volleyball,” Dibbens said. “A lot of them did it year round. I appreciate everything their parents did, taking them to matches in the summer, making the tradition stronger.

“We will have to do some different things (with the underclassmen). We have girls willing to learn. We have a lot of younger girls who will come along. They just need to understand the game of volleyball and keep working at it. I told the freshmen that if they are willing to committing to getting better, they are going to get there and be successful. It might not happen right away, but it will happen.”

Class 5A

State Volleyball

Tony’s Event Center,


Pool A

DeSoto def. Maize South 25-21, 25-20

St. James Academy def. Bishop Carroll 25-23, 25-13

St. James Academy def. Maize South 25-14, 25-21

Bishop Carroll def. DeSoto 25-19, 21-25, 26-24

St. James Academy def. DeSoto 26-24, 28-26

Bishop Carroll vs. Maize South late

Pool B

St. Thomas Aquinas def. Andover 25-15, 25-23

Lansing def. Newton 25-18, 25-19

Andover def. Newton 25-15, 25-18

St. Thomas Aquinas def. Lansing 25-16, 25-22

St. Thomas Aquinas def. Newton 25-16, 25-15

Lansing vs. Andover late

Saturday’s matches


2 p.m.

St. James Academy vs. second place pool B

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. second place pool A

Finals and third-place

15 minutes following conclusion of semifinals