Middle school volleyball
The Eudora Middle School eighth-grade junior varsity volleyball team made up of Jocelyn Medrano, Katy Hadle, Danielle Ayers, Bria Carder, Ashley Nitchals, Lauren Gammon, Julianna Fries, Cassady Clinkscale, Sarah Prudden, Lacey Gabriel and managers Kourtney Hadle and Sydney Goodwin took second place last weekend in Tonganoxie.
Eudora started in pool play facing Tonganoxie. The Cardinals won in two games, 25-7 and 25-24. The next opponent was Osawatomie. The Cardinals handled them 25-21 and 25-7. The last match of pool play was against Basehor-Linwood. The girls won the first game 25-11.
During the second game the score was 20-24 in favor of Basehor. Nitchals stepped behind the service line and scored five straight points to give the Cardinals a 25-24 win, sweeping pool play and stepping into the championship game against Paola.
The Cardinals had great serving and all around good play but Paola won the first game 25-20. Eudora won the second game 25-22. The third game the score was 14-12, Paola. The Cardinals put two points on the board to get the score to 14-14. After a Cardinal serve and several volleys back and forth, the ball dropped and the Cardinals lost 15-14.
The team traveled to Paola Tuesday to take on the Panthers.
In the first match, Eudora took the Panthers to three games, but fell in the end, 22-25, 25-17 and 11-15. In the second match, the Cardinals lost 13-25 and 14-25.
In tournament action at Eudora Middle School over the weekend the seventh-grade junior varsity team split four matches, winning two and losing two.
In the first match against Tonganoxie, the Lady Cards took the court looking very impressive, winning the first game 25-11, with serving from Sandy Haag and Tesla Hague, both with five overhand serves. The Cards took the match in the second game winning by a closer score of 25-23.The team dropped the second match of the day to a strong Osawatomie team with scores of 14-25 and 16-25.
The third match against Basehor-Linwood was hard-fought, but the Eudora team fell short of a win. In the first game, the score ended in a loss for the Eudora team, 18-25. In the second game, the girls looked much better, but dropped the game by a score of 23-25.
With one win and two losses in tournament play, the Cards played Baldwin for fifth place. This match went three games, with the Lady Cards coming out the winners. After losing the first game (15-25), the girls came back strong winning 25-19 and 15-11.
In action Tuesday at Paola, the team had a rough time returning the hard-hit serving and dropped the first two games with scores of 9-25 and 9-25.
Coach Dana Neis said the team looked like a different team for the second match, but still couldn't pull off a victory, losing 15-25 and 11-25.
"I was proud of the way the girls came together on the bench with support for the players on the court, with shouts of encouragement and motivation," Neis said.
The seventh-grade varsity Cards volleyball team traveled to Paola Tuesday.
The girls fought hard in the first match, but ended up losing in the third game, 25-17, 15-25 and 15-7.
In the second match against the Panthers, Eudora served well, but it wasn't enough for the win as they fell 25-18, 25-16.
The eighth-grade varsity volleyball team rolled past a good Paola team Tuesday, winning both matches 25-13, 25-8 and 25-16, 25-16.
Serving was spread out with Morgan Wiley scoring 28 service points, Ashlyn Jackson with 24, and Shelby Mullis with 18. Blocking was a big factor -- Jen Bowser, Shelby Mullis, Victoria Lehmann and Morgan Wiley all combined for several stuff blocks.
Eudora will face Paola again Saturday at the Eudora Middle School tournament.