Warrior volleyball team looks to finish rebuilding

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan
Berean Academy junior Tayton Smith puts down a spike during a dual meet against Bennington. The Warriors host Classical School of Wichita.

ELBING — Berean Academy volleyball coach Kristin Wiebe called the Warriors’ last two seasons rebuilding seasons.

If the project has come to fruition, then Tuesday’s season opening double dual meet against Bennington was the break out party.

The Warriors won the Heart of America League meets, winning the first match 25-17, 25-14; and the second match 25-19, 25-21.

Berean Academy junior Kelsey Koontz puts up a block against Bennington Tuesday.
Berean Academy senior setter Harley Helsel plays the ball during a meet against Bennington. The Warriors swept the double dual.

“Those are good wins for us,” Wiebe said. “We’ve had two rebuilding years. We came out right away and played like we weren’t rebuilding.”

In the second set of the second match, the Warriors held the lead, but Bennington rallied to tie 20-20. Berean countered to make a 5-1 run.

“That’s good for us,” Wiebe said. “We have to learn what it means to be down. We have to learn how to keep our composure. They are a good team and they weren’t going to quit. Bennington kept at it. I finally called a time out, but I really wanted us to figure it out.

Berean Academy junior Lillie Veer plays the ball during a dual meet against Bennington.
Berean Academy junior libero Alexa Timken receives serve during play against Bennington.

“Leah Mullins did a really good job of hitting in the middle. She got some balls down. Our back row, our libero Alexa Timken, she did a superb job of moving around. Really, everyone played well.”

Berean hosts Classical School of Wichita at 5 p.m. Friday.

Mark Schnabel can be reached at mschnabel@thekansan.com