Railer spikers top Campus, Andover

The Newton Kansan

It may have been in an otherwise empty gym, but the Newton High School volleyball team made some noise in a triangular sweep Tuesday at Ravenscroft Gym.

Newton topped Campus 25-11, 25-21; and downed ninth-ranked (Kansas Volleyball Association, Class 5A) Andover 19-25, 25-20, 25-15. Andover downed Campus 25-18, 25-16.

No spectators were allowed as the Newton school district was placed in condition orange because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“In the game vs Campus, we passed really well and were able to push points off of our serve,” Newton coach Jamie Dibbens said. “Andover is a very good team and ranked in 5A. Our team has always recognized our own potential and have gotten tired of people talking about our record. Our league is extremely tough but we all feel like that has pushed us to be better moving into postseason. We've gone through many things this season dealing with injuries and lineup adjustments, but it came down to each player stepping up this evening. It was a lot of fun to be a part of.”

Against Campus, Gracie Rains led the Railers with seven kills, followed by Asha Regier with six. Olivia Antonowich served two aces. Lindsey Antonowich downed four blocks. Regier had 11 digs. Marah Zenner set 17 assists.

Against Andover, Regier scored 15 kills. Rains added eight kills. Regier and Rains each downed five blocks. Regier and Abby Koontz each had seven digs. Zenner set 22 assists.

Andover is 24-5. Newton is 21-11. Campus is 8-21. Newton and Andover will play Saturday at the Class 5A sub-state tournament at Andover Central. Newton will face Andover Central (19-11) in the semifinals, while Andover is the top seed and will face Emporia (17-10). The winners will meet in the finals.

Newton stats

vs. Campus

Kills: Regier 6, Zenner 1, Rains 7, L.Antonowich 3, O.Antonowich 2, Koontz 1.

Aces: Regier 1, O.Antonowich 2, Koontz 1, Ybarra 1.

Total blocks: Regier 1, Zenner 1, L.Antonowich 4, Mayfield 1.

Digs: Regier 11, Zenner 4, Rains 5, L.Antonowich 7, Koontz 8, Hill 1.

Assists: Zenner 17.

vs. Andover

Kills: Regier 15, Zenner 3, Rains 8, L.Antonowich 2.

Aces: O.Antonowich 1, Koontz 1.

Total blocks: Regier 5, Zenner 1, Rains 5, L.Antonowich 2.

Digs: Regier 7, Zenner 3, Rains 6, L.Antonowich 3, O.Antonowich 6, Koontz 7, Mayfield 1, Livesay 1.

Assists: Zenner 22.