Lawrence High won all four of its pool matches before falling to Manhattan, 15-11, 16-14, in the championship of the Wichita Northwest volleyball tournament on Saturday.
``We played very well,'' LHS head coach Jo Huntsinger said. ``There are very few times that I'm proud of taking second but this is one of them.''
The Lions (8-3) reached the championship with victories over Wichita East (15-10, 15-1), Hays (15-8, 6-15, 15-12), Wichita West (15-6, 15-0) and Hutchinson (15-7, 15-10).
``We've set out to improve each week and that's what we've done,'' Huntsinger said. ``We're not the same team we were a week and half ago.''
LHS play host to Overland Park Aquinas, Blue Valley Northwest and Shawnee Mission South on Thursday for its first home quadrangular of the season. The first match will start at 6 p.m. Results in Scoreboard.
third at tourney
Overland Park -- Free State High's volleyball team finished third out of 10 teams at Saturday's Johnson County Community College Invitational.
After emerging undefeated from pool play -- including a 16-14, 15-7 win over Shawnee Mission Miege, which defeated Free State last week -- the Firebirds were knocked off by Shawnee Heights in the semifinals, 15-9, 15-13.
``We played really well today,'' FSHS coach Nancy Hopkins said. ``We were very
strong all day. That was a very, very tough match. Everybody in the place was watching. That was a very good match. It was a very strong tournament.''
The Firebirds' Jamie Morningstar was named to the all-tournament team. Hopkins also cited Sarah Graves for her net play and Alexis Bliss for her defense.
Free State has its first home quad of the season at 6 p.m. Thursday against SM Northwest, Olathe East and Leavenworth. Results in Scoreboard.
Heck lone winner
in Junction City
Junction City -- Free State High tennis player Kim Heck was the only Firebird to earn a win at the Junction City Invitational on Saturday.
Heck, who defeated Sara Stiekin of Salina South, 8-0, was 1-3 in the tournament.