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

LYONS – The Little River volleyball team hit a few bumps on Saturday playing at the Lyons Volleyball Tournament and finished in third place overall after going 3-2 for the day.

The Lady Redskins opened the tournament with Southeast of Saline, winning the first set before losing the next two sets to lose the match overall.

“Out of the gate we were pushed by Southeast of Saline,” noted Lady Redskin head coach Kim Rolfs. “We put them away in the first set before losing the second set due to missing five serves. Thought we had the third set going our way until we again gave up some gimmies with four more missed serves before losing the match. You just can not miss serves against good teams and expect to win.”

Little River bounced back in their second match of the day by taking down Ell-Saline in two sets.

Coach Rolfs reflected on the bounce back by saying, “Going away with only our second loss on the season, I was worried as to how we would respond with our next match of the day against possibly the toughest team in our pool. But the girls responded well and beat Ell-Saline which helped us learn a lot about the team. Playing right away after a tough loss and to make it even more dramatic, we got down late in both sets and came back strong to win them both. I saw a tremendous amount of determination from the girls in refusing to lose.”

In the final match of pool play, the Lady Redskins beat Kingman in straight sets, setting themselves up to battle Ellinwood in the tournament semifinals.

The Lady Redskins had their second rough outing of the weekend and lost in straight sets.

“I knew Ellinwood was a great team who just play the game the right way,” said Coach Rolfs. “We didn’t respond to their play and got down early before losing the first set by 12 points. In the second set we seemed to awaken and only lost by three points. If we had a couple of calls go our way, I think we would have pushed them to a third set.”

In the battle for third place, Little River avenged the opening match loss by beating Southeast of Saline in straight set (25-19, 25-18).

Coach Rolfs concluded her post-tournament reflections by adding, “Again, the disappointment of losing the previous match knowing we had more to give in the loss, I asked the girls how they wanted to respond in the third-place match. I reminded them this is everyone’s fifth match of the day, but this is where you can separate yourself from a mentally tough team and a mentally weak team. We had a bit of revenge on Southeast of Saline that pushed us through to a victory. Overall, I was very pleased with our level of play. If we can play at the level I saw today consistently, we will be hard to beat.”

Among the team leaders were Litly Boughman who recorded 48 kills and scored nine serve aces to go with 48 digs. Aubrey Olander had 10 blocks, Mea DeBaere made 54 digs and Kate Ellwood marked 99 assists.

LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS at Lyons Volleyball Tournament =

Team finished 3rd.

Lady Redskins lost to Southeast of Saline (25-20, 21-25, 24-26) in pool play.

Lady Redskins defeated Ell-Saline (26-24, 25-20) in pool play.

Lady Redskins defeated Kingman (25-20, 25-18) in pool play.

Lady Redskins lost to Ellinwood (13-25, 22-25) in semi-finals.

Lady Redskins defeated Southeast of Saline (25-19, 25-18) for 3rd place.

LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS:

Lily Boughfman = recorded 48 kills, scored 9 serve aces, had 6 blocks, and made 48 digs.

Alaina Eck = recorded 30 kills, scored 3 serve aces, had 5 blocks, and made 24 digs.

Aubrey Olander = recorded 19 kills and had 10 blocks.

Ashley Stephenson = recorded 11 kills and had 5 blocks.

Elsie Boughfman = recorded 15 kills and had 11 blocks.

Mea DeBaere = made 54 digs.

Kate Ellwood = marked 99 assists.

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