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

LITTLE RIVER – The Little River volleyball team continues to roll as they went to Canton last Saturday and swept all opponents in winning the Canton/Galva Invitational and then followed that up with a pair of wins on the road at Herington.

With the wins on Tuesday over Herington and Rural Vista, the Lady Redskins finished unbeaten in Wheat State League action, giving them the season title.

Up next for the Lady Redskin spikers will be Tuesday, October 12 when they host a quad.

Here is a summary of Saturday and Tuesday action for the Lady Redskins:

SATURDAY = LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS at Canton/Galva Invitational

On Saturday, the Lady Redskins traveled to Canton and won the Canton/Galva Invitational in grand fashion as they not only went 5-0 on the day, the girls did not lose a single set in any match as well.

After blowing through pool play with wins over Sunrise Christian Academy, Solomon and Canton/Galva, the Lady Redskins then scored a quick straight set win over Halstead to get a rematch with Marion in the championship match. Marion had beaten Little River earlier in the season in the championship game at the Centre Tournament. The Lady Redskins were up to the rematch and handed Marion a quick 25-15, 25-13 loss to win the Invitational.

Top performers in the Invitational for Little River were Kate Ellwood with a whopping 107 assists, Lily Boughfman with 55 kills, Alaine Eck with 30 digs and Aubrey Olander with 13 blocks.

IN POOL PLAY =

Lady Redskins beat Sunrise Christian Academy 25-8, 25-13.

Lady Redskins beat Solomon 25-6, 25-11.

Lady Redskins beat Canton/Galva 25-17, 25-13.

IN SEMI-FINAL PLAY =

Lady Redskins defeated Halstead 25-11, 25-19.

IN INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH =

Lady Redskins beat Marion 25-15, 25-13.

LADY REDSKIN STAT LEADERS =

Lily Boughfman recorded 55 kills.

Alaine Eck recorded 29 kills, made 4 blocks, and had 30 digs.

Aubrey Olander recorded 23 kills and made 13 blocks.

Elsie Boughfman recorded 12 kills and made 5 blocks.

Ashley Stephenson recorded 9 kills and made 4 blocks.

Kate Ellwood scored 107 assists.

LADY REDSKIN COACH KIM ROLFS REFLECTIONS =

“It was an incredible day for the girls as they never dropped a single set. So much growth in their chemistry during the weekend made us look unstoppable at times.”

“The girls were anxious waiting to see who we might play in the semi-final and potential finals as they wanted to see Marion at some point since we lost to them at the Centre Tournament earlier in the season. Marion won their pool play so if we were to see them again, it would have to be in the finals, and I think that’s one reason we played so well against Halstead in the semi-finals. So much energy and drive.”

“Against Marion the energy was still there and then some! We took control of the game and never really let it go.”

“We looked like a top-5 team in the state this weekend by playing consistent volleyball all day and mixing it up with some tempo ball, big blocks, and some great defense. If this team continues to work, stay focused, and don’t get complacent, our season will end quite well.”

“I told the girls after the tournament that each and everyone of them contributed in some fashion to this championship. It takes every part of the game for a team to be successful and they all did their jobs extremely well and that resulted in incredible play and winning this tournament.”

TUESDAY = LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS at Herington to also play Rural Vista =

On Tuesday the Little River spikers returned to the court on the road at Herington where they won a straight set match with Rural Vista before struggling a bit before finishing off Herington in three sets.

The victory left the Lady Redskins undefeated in Wheat State League play and by beating Herington, who was also unbeaten in league play, Little River became league champions.

Alaina Eck and Lily Boughfman led the Lady Redskins with 27 and 18 kills respectively while Kami Grasser scored a perfect 27/27 on serves which including 13 in a row in the first set with Herington. Of Eck’s 27 kills, 16 were recorded in the match with Herington with the league championship on the line.

THE MATCH SCORES =

Lady Redskins beat Rural Vista 25-17, 25-16.

Lady Redskins beat Herington 25-18, 24-26, 25-11.

LADY REDSKIN STAT LEADERS =

Lily Boughfman recorded 18 kills, made 4 blocks, and had 28 digs.

Alaina Eck recorded 27 kills.

Aubrey Olander recorded 9 kills and made 6 blocks.

Kami Grasser scored 27/27 on serves with a 2.50/3.00 serve/receive rating.

Mea Debaere scored 4 serve aces and mad 25 digs.

LADY REDSKIN COACH KIM ROLFS REFLECTIONS =

“We didn’t start playing well until 2-3 sets into the evening. I’m not sure if we mentally were prepared when we began, but sure glad we figured it out as the league title was on the line with the match against Herington.”

Halfway through the first set, when we were down 13-18, against Herington, I called a timeout knowing it was time to start playing like we were capable of or we were going to lose this opportunity to become league champs. I told the girls they have worked so hard all season to put themselves in this position and not to let it go playing like this. After that timeout, the girls went on a 12-0 run to win the set 25-18.”

“When they want to, they can lock in and turn it up. We need to realize playing uninspired will catch up on us. I hope the girls learned a valuable lesson as we approach the postseason.”

“In set two we seem to have control of a majority of the match, but good teams do not quit and Herington inched their way back into the set, tied the game and made some great plays to keep our Lady Redskins from taking the second set. We needed to get the momentum back immediately going into the third set and that is exactly what happened.”

“I am so happy for the girls winning the league title. It was well deserved. I don’t think we are satisfied as we have many other goals to achieve yet this season.”

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