Cardinals’ season goal within reach
The Eudora High School volleyball team is one victory short of reaching its season goal.
However, the Cards (19-13) (4-5) know two additional wins would earn them a trip to Salina for the class 4A state tournament.
"Our goal is still trying to hit the 20-win mark, but we're three matches from state, so we have to be able to do our part to show up and compete," coach Jill Stutler said.
The Cardinals got a sneak preview at sub-state foe, Kaw Valley League champion Lansing, at the Perry-Lecompton Invitational Saturday. The Lions soundly defeated Eudora 15-3, 15-5 and went on to win the tournament.
3A Silver Lake also beat the Cardinals 15-4, 15-6 before Eudora rallied to triumph over host Perry-Lecompton 15-9, 15-5.
After the victory, Eudora lost a close game to 3A Leavenworth Immaculata 15-10, 16-14 before defeating Cair Paravel, a private school from Topeka, 15-10, 15-3.
"I thought at first we came out pretty strong, but we couldn't get back in our rhythm," Stutler said. "We rebounded with two losses and played well against Perry.
"Immac was disappointing, but we finished with a win over Cair Paravel."
Junior Lauren Kracl, who had 55 kills, was named to the all-tournament team.
The Cardinals will prepare for their substate game Saturday by working on fundamentals and defense, Stutler said.
"We had different kids step up throughout the day at different times for us," Stutler said. "We're going to be working on passing, but we're going to work on defense more than anything else."
As of press time, it appeared Eudora would be the fourth seed in regionals and would play Mill Valley at 3 p.m. Saturday in Tonganoxie