Cardinals volleyball picks up two wins at Perry-Lecompton tournament
The Eudora High School volleyball team won two games at the Perry-Lecompton tournament but it may have learned more from the losses it suffered in the regular season's final tournament.
Eudora (11-20) (2-7) opened the Perry-Lecompton tournament with a 15-8, 15-8 loss to eventual tournament champion Lansing and then fell to competitive 3A teams Silver Lake 15-1, 15-11 and Immaculata 15-8, 15-4. The Cardinals then started a two-game winning streak by defeating Cair Paravel of Topeka 15-6, 15-1 and the host Kaws for the second time this season 15-3, 15-11 to place fourth out of six teams. Sophomore Lauren Kracl made the all-tournament team.
"I think what boosted our confidence was playing well against Lansing and Silver Lake and the win (Perry-Lecompton) is always helpful," Head Coach Jill Stutler said.
The Cardinals await their substate opponent, Baldwin (23-13), whom they will face at EHS, an eight-team substate site. The match-up will be the fourth match of the afternoon. The first game of the day begins at 1 p.m.
Eudora split with Baldwin in the regular season. EHS los the season opener but won the league match against the Bulldogs later in the season.
Stutler said the team is ready to move past its regular-season and prepare for substate.
"I think everybody realizes it doesn't matter what you've done through the season," Stutler said. "We have to take what we learned this season and apply it on Saturday. We have to play hard, execute and hope it falls our way."
Although the team's record is slightly worse than last season's, Stutler is impressed with the direction of the program and the efforts of its athletes.
"Everybody is pretty much giving solid performances across the board," Stutler said. "At times, Kracl and (junior) Jenny Durkin have taken leadership roles but we are becoming more well-rounded. The girls have come a long way in a short amount of time and I'm pleased with that."
Durkin said the team has thrived under Stutler's coaching methods and it hopes to make some noise in the upcoming substate game.
"I think we could have played better at the Perry-Lecompton tournament but we're excited about substate and I think we'll do good," Durkin said. "With Coach Stutler it's a better way to learn and it brings us all together as a team."