Middle school volleyball
Eudora Middle School's seventh-grade varsity volleyball team traveled to Bonner Springs Sept. 29 for a tournament.
In pool play, Eudora faced Monticello and lost 19-25, 18-25. In the second game, the Cardinals dominated Patton with scores of 25-21, 25-21. In the third pool game, Eudora played Clark and lost 23-25, 20-25.
In bracket play, Eudora played Piper and beat them 25-19, 25-21. The last match of the day, coach Sondra Rauterkus said the team fought hard, but ended up losing the match to Patton in three games, 25-22, 21-25, 13-15.
The Lady Cardinals had its final match of the season Oct. 1 in Gardner where Eudora took on Wheatridge.
In the first match the scores were 7-25 and 19-25. In the second match the scores were 6-25 and 9-25.
Overall the girls improved on their fundamental volleyball skills over the season, Rauterkus said.
The seventh-grade junior varsity volley ball team traveled to Central Heights Sept. 29 to see tournament action.
The first match with Emporia went three games, with Eudora winning the first match by four points. Coach Dana Neis said Darian Graham found her serve in the first game, earning nine winning points off her serving. The Lady Cards lost the second game 12-25, and narrowly defeated the Lady Vikings with a come-from-behind win, 15-13.
The match winning serve came from Darian Graham who had six serves in a row.
Four-and-a-half hours later, the Eudora took to the court against the Louisburg Wildcats.
The Cardinals lost the first game, 14-25 but came back the second game and won it by a close score of 25-23, with impressive serves from Molly Smith.
Eudora didn't quite have enough left in them to pull off the third game win, losing 12-15.
The team split the winnings with the Wheatridge Mustangs in volleyball action Oct. 1.
The Lady Cards won the first game with a final score of 25-8. Darian Graham had 14 successful serves in a row.
The winning streak ended in the second game, with the Lady Cards losing 15-25, and 4-15 in the third game for a first-match loss.
The second match of the night ended a bit differently, with the Lady Cards winning in three hard-fought games. They won the first game 25-16. The Mustangs took the second game with a score of 21-25.
Neis said the Lady Cards played with heart in the third and final game of the season to pull off an impressive win, 15-11.
Serving was the key to this final match of the season with Darian Graham, Claire Mersmann, and Kaitlyn Heier being the top servers, she said.
In eighth-grade junior varsity action at Central Heights, the Lady Cardinals faced Emporia and beat them in three games. The first game the Cardinals served well and came out on top 25-21. The second game the Cardinals fell to Emporia 17-25.
Coach Rachel Padfield said the third game was a tough fight. Lauren Gammon stepped to the serving line with the score 8-13, Emporia on top. She put seven serves in play, and the Cardinals worked well together to come from behind and win the match, 15-13.
In the second match, the Lady Cardinals faced one of the Ottawa teams. The Cardinals could not return serve in the first game, and lost 17-25. Again, Gammon served seven points to keep the Cardinals close, but couldn't pull out the win. In the second game, the Cardinals kept it close, but lost 21-25.
The Cardinals placed in the top four at the tournament.
The team's season came to an end Oct. 1. The Lady Cardinals traveled to Gardner to face Wheatridge. In the first match it only took the Cardinals two games to defeat the Mustangs.
Jocelyn Medrano stepped to the serving line with the score 19-24. She placed six serves over the net and the Cardinals finished the points with good team play. Eudora won the game 25-24.
In the second game, Ashley Nitchals served to bring the Cards even with the Mustangs 24-24. The girls sided-out the next serve and won the match 25-24.
In the second match, Padfield said the Cardinals moved well and worked well as a team They fell short in the first game 15-25. The second game was just as tough as the first. The girls fell to the Mustangs 16-25.
The eighth-grade varsity volleyball team won big Oct. 1 in Gardner. The scores were 25-21, 25-15 and 25-22, 25-14.
Auston Katzfey and Chloe Pittman played rightside hitter, with very aggressive net play and back-up setting, coach Brenda Wiley said. Victoria Lehmann, Shelby Mullis and Madeline Dickerson all had key blocks. Katelyn Abel and Morgan Wiley had very effective hitting with several kills each. Setting by Ashlyn Jackson and Jen Bowser and passing by Morgan Wiley and Kate Dennis were also key to the victory.
Shelby Mullis served 14 straight service points with 24 overall for the night. Morgan Wiley served for 26 points.
The varsity team struggled Saturday at the Frontier League Tournament.
In pool play, the Cardinals beat Pioneer Ridge 25-12, 25-12 and Paola 25-19, 25-20 before losing to Ottawa 20-25, 15-25.
In the semi-finals, the Cardinals fought hard, but got edged out by one point 25-17, 23-25, 14-15. Lastly, Eudora played Wheatridge and lost 23-25, 24-25 to earn a fourth-place finish.
"We had moments of awesome volleyball, but we just couldn't keep it going," Wiley said. "I would like to thank the fans who traveled to support us and congratulate the ladies on an amazing season."