Archive for Sunday, October 15, 2006

Free State tops LHS, wins volleyball tourney

October 15, 2006

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— The Free State High volleyball team won the Emporia Invitational, defeating the top two seeds in the playoffs.

The Firebirds, seeded third, swept Washburn Rural in the semis, 25-12, 25-20, before squeaking by top-seeded Maize in the championship, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23.

"It was a total team effort," Free State coach Nancy Hopkins said. "Everybody played to their abilities."

En route to the final four, Free State enountered a familiar foe: cross-town rival Lawrence High. The Lions, seeded last in the tournament, took the Firebirds to three games but fell, 23-25, 25-22, 25-14.

"It's always fun to beat Lawrence High," Hopkins said. "Regardless if they're having a rough season, they played us tough."

Free State (24-9) will play in a quad Tuesday at Blue Valley. State playoffs will start Saturday.

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