By William / www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

LINDSBORG – It was a busy past week for the Smoky Valley volleyball team as the varsity went 3-1 while the junior varsity and ‘C’ teams were busy as well.

Currently the Lady Vikings are 18-2 for the season and ranked #1 in Class 3A as they prep for a big matchup on the road at Hoisington on Tuesday, September 21. Besides having a match with Hoisington, the Lady Vikings will also battle with Clay Center who currently is ranked #2 in Class 4A.

Here is a look back at the week of September 13-18:

On Monday, September 13 = The Lady Vikings Junior Varsity-2 team went to Hesston and scored a three-set win over Andale and a straight set victory over Hesston.

On Tuesday, September 14 = The Lady Viking Varsity suffered just their second loss of the season when they lost in three sets (25-18, 22-25, 23-25) to Hillsboro before bouncing back to take a straight set (25-18, 25-17) victory over Lyons.

The Lady Viking Junior Varsity 1 and 2 teams both scored straight set wins over both Lyons and Hillsboro.

On Thursday, September 16 = The Lady Viking Varsity went to Ellinwood and defeated Haven in straight sets (25-10, 25-16) before winning over state ranked Ellinwood in straight sets as well (25-15, 25-20).

The Smoky Valley Junior Varsity-1 also went to Ellinwood and beat Haven in two-sets, Ellinwood did not have a junior varsity team.

Also on Thursday, the Smoky Valley Junior Varsity-2 team traveled to Hesston for ‘C’ team tournament. They defeated Inman, Heeston-2, and Halstead in pool play and then beat Lyons in the semi-finals (22-25, 25-15, 15-6) before taking down Hesston-1 in the championship match (25-23, 19-25, 15-3).

“Last week was a very busy week for Smoky Valley volleyball as the junior varsity squads played extremely well and really dominated in the games they played,” pointed out Lady Viking head volleyball coach Sharlene Ramsey in her reflections of the week. “That is such a good sign for what’s to come for this team! While the Varsity stumbled in Lyons when we took Hillsboro to three sets and just couldn’t finish. We just didn’t seem to have the energy and focus that we normally do but Hillsboro played lights out as they are quick, and they dig the ball very well. We just could not seem to get momentum on our side for more than a point or two at a time. Aubrey (Boldra) went out Tuesday during physical education class and sprained an ankle, so we quickly adapted some things that afternoon knowing she was not going to be able to play. Laini (Haigh) came in and really stepped up and played outside hitter in Aubrey’s place.”

Coach Ramsey concluded her week reflections by giving out praise to some players as she added, “On Thursday we went to Ellinwood and beat Haven fairly easily and then headed into the Ellinwood game knowing they would play hard and compete which exactly what they did. They have a solid program, and I am always a little nervous when competing against them. Abby (Rose) had an incredible night and what I would call a “complete game” as her serving, passing, blocking, and hitting were all spot on. Our setter, Adrian Hazelwood is setting the ball so well and making such smart choices regarding which hitter to go to and when. Overall, the Ellinwood match felt like we had bounced back from the Hillsboro loss and had regained our focus and determination.”

Here are some Lady Viking individual stats put up for the week.

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKING INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:

For Week of Sept 13-18:

MADI TOLLE =

  • Made 42-of-47 serves with 2 aces.
  • Recorded 3 solo and 10 assisted blocks.
  • Scored 32 kills.
  • Made 15 digs.

ADRIAN HAZELWOOD =

  • Made 41-of-42 serves with 2 aces.
  • Recorded 1 solo and 3 assisted blocks.
  • Scored 8 kills.
  • Had 22 digs.
  • Scored 89 assists.

LAINI HAIGH =

  • Made 25-of-25 serves.
  • Recorded 3 assisted blocks.
  • Scored 5 kills.
  • Had 21 digs.

CHLOE PATRICK =

  • Had 9 digs.
  • Scored 3 assists.

AUBREY BOLDRA =

  • Has a sprained ankle, did not play.

ABBY ROSE =

  • Made 23-of-27 serves with 2 aces.
  • Recorded 4 solo and 7 assisted blocks.
  • Scored 41 kills.
  • Had 30 digs.
  • Scored 6 assists.

KATJA BLANCHAT =

  • Recorded 1 solo and 7 assisted blocks.
  • Had 3 digs.

HOPE DUNCAN =

  • Made 46-of-50 serves with 3 aces.
  • Recorded 1 assisted block.
  • Scored 18 kills.
  • Had 31 digs.

AVERY VANDERWEGE =

  • Made 40-of-43 serves with 3 aces.
  • Had 11 digs.

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