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CLAFLIN – They continue to win, that is what the resurgent Smoky Valley volleyball program is doing as they went on the road Thursday and earned their eighth victory in a row by taking down both Central Plains and Ellsworth in straight sets.

In the opening match of the evening, the Lady Vikings handled host Central Plains in straight sets (25-14, 25-18). McKinley Johnson led the team in assists with 11 while Elyse Ramsey earned nine. In kills, the Lady Vikings were led by Abby Rose who scored 11 while Madi Tolle, Kerington Haxton, Rose and Bri Franklin each pitched in with two blocks each. Johnson not only led the game in assists, she also scored success on the serving line by completing 15-of-15 with Franklin completing 12-of-12 and Ramsey completing seven-of-seven.

While the second match with Ellsworth was close according to the scoreboard, the Lady Vikings still scored their second straight set victory of the evening (25-21, 25-22). Once again, McKinley Johnson led the team in assists with 11 while scoring 13-of-13 on her serves. Abby Rose pitched in with five kills and four digs while nailing 10-of-11 on serves. Madi Tolle led the Lady Vikings in blocks with 4 as the team posted an impressive 93% at the s”

“It’s been awesome watching this team mature into a more confident group of players,” exclaimed Lady Viking Head Coach Sharlene Ramsey. “With each win, you can see their confidence improve as they are really starting to believe they deserve to be the winner at the end of the night. I told them tonight that the amount of growth in their mental toughness since the beginning of the season has just been so incredible to observe and be part of!”

The Lady Viking junior varsity #1 squad also earned a clean sweep of the night on straight sets by taking down Central Plains (25-17, 25-17) and then beating Ellsworth (25-14, 25-18).

Coach Ramsey concluded her post match reflections by saying, “We also have to give kudos to our junior varsity players as they have just two more contests in the next two weeks and they have had such an outstanding season. It’s the entire team that is practicing together each day that makes this team what it is – no matter if it’s junior varsity #1, junior varsity #2 or the varsity!”

With the wins, Smoky Valley is now 19-9 for the season and is currently sitting in second place of the Central Kansas League standings. The Lady Viking spikers will be back in action next Tuesday when they travel to Pratt to tangle with host Pratt and the CKL’s top team, Hesston.


Vs. CENTRAL PLAINS (Won 25-14, 25-18):

McKinley Johnson had 11 assists and went 15 of 15 on serves with 1 ace.

Elyse Ramsey had 9 assists and went 7 of 7 on serves.

Abby Rose had 11 kills, 2 blocks and went 5 of 6 on serves with 1 ace.

Addie Heitschmidt had 4 kills and went 4 of 5 on serves.

Bri Franklin had 2 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs, and went 12 of 12 on serves.

Belle Peters had 2 kills.

Madi Tolle had 2 blocks.

Kerington Haxton had 2 blocks.

Vs. ELLSWORTH (Won 25-21, 25-22):

McKinley Johnson had 11 assists and went 13 of 13 on serves.

Bri Franklin had 5 kills, 3 blocks, and went 5 of 5 on serves.

Abby Rose had 5 kills, 4 digs, and went 10 of 11 on serves.

Belle Peters had 3 kills.

Madi Tolle had 4 blocks.

Addie Heitschmidt went 7 of 8 on serves.

Elyse Ramsey went 5 of 5 on serves.

Kerington Haxton had 4 digs and went 5 of 6 on serves.

Team posted an impressive 93% on the serving line.

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