Goodland, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–It was a day full of matches in Goodland on Saturday, as the GWAC made their way to Goodland for the Great West Activities Conference volleyball tournament.
Scott City would finish 4-2 on the day, good for the second best record on the day. They will end up in league play 6-6 overall, after starting their first round 2-4. Goodland won the GWAC with a 12-0 league mark, as well as the tournament, going 6-0. It was their first league title since 2010.
In their first match of the day, they would face Colby, and found themselves up 15-10 in the opening set, before a rally of 13-3 put the Lady Eagles up 24-19. Colby would win the first 25-22. Scott City would trail in the second set 16-12 after a Lady Eagle 8-0 run. A 6-1 run put them up 18-17 and pulled away late to take a 25-21 win. The Lady Beavers led the entire third set, as they widened their margin to 16-7 midway. Colby cut the margin to 16-13, before Scott City went on a 6-1 run to lead 22-14, and took the third set 25-19. Kennedy Holstein had 13 kills for the Lady Beavers.
Next up was the Goodland Cowgirls. Goodland jumped out to a 6-4 lead, and saw the Lady Beavers rally with a 6-1 run to lead 13-11. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-2 run, and led 18-15. They never looked back, as they took the first set 25-19. Scott City played it close in the second set early, and would lead 17-16, but a 9-1 run by Goodland finished the match out at 25-18.
Ulysses would be their third opponent of the day, and it would turn out to be a great matchup. Scott City jumped out in the first set 6-1, and grew their lead to 19-9, before a 12-3 Lady Tiger run got them to within 22-21. The Lady Beavers settled in, and won the final three points to take a 25-21 set victory. Ulysses jumped out big in the second set, and controlled it throughout, leading 8-3, and 19-11. Trailing 24-13, Scott City tried to make it interesting, pulling to within 24-18, before the Lady Tigers got the final point to force a third set. The final set was dominated by Ulysses early on and for most of it. They led 14-7, and 23-17, before Scott City scored six in a row to tie the set at 23. The Lady Tigers had match point at 24 and 25, while the Beavers would get match point at 26 and 27, and they would finish it off 28-26. Kennedy Holstein had eight kills and Alli Brunswig added four aces for Scott City.
Against Cimarron, the Lady Beavers were pushed early in the first set, and trailed 6-4, before a 17-0 run put them up 21-6, as they coasted to the 25-8 win. The Lady Bluejays made things interesting throughout the second set, as they led 7-5 early on. Scott City would slowly pull away though. Leading 18-14, the Lady Beavers closed out on a 7-2 run to win 25-16.
Up next was Holcomb, and the Lady Longhorns struck quickly, leading 11-3 in the first set. They never trailed, despite the rallying efforts of Scott City. Holcomb would take the opening set 25-21. In the second, the Lady Beavers led early 5-2, and never trailed after being down 2-0 to start. After leading 19-14, a 6-3 run closed out the set, forcing a third set at 25-17. Just like the first set, the Lady Longhorns had the early advantage, leading 6-1. Although Holcomb would never trail, Scott City made it a match late in the third set, tying the set at 21. However, the Lady Longhorns closed on a 4-1 run to take the third set and the match 25-22. Kennedy Holstein had 10 kills, and Peyton Goodman added eight kills and Paige Vulgamore seven.
In their final match of the day, Scott City faced Hugoton. The Lady Beavers led early 9-3, before a big Hugoton rally of 12-3 put them up 15-12. The Lady Eagles would push the margin to 24-16, and eventually won 25-19. Hugoton started the second set up 4-1, as Scott City made a run and led 5-4. After it was tied at 10, the Lady Beavers did some damage, using a 10-2 run to push their lead to 20-12. Both teams scored five points apiece after that, as the Lady Beavers won 25-17. It would be all Scott City in the third set. After Hugoton pulled to within 7-5, Scott City used a 7-1 run, and closed the match with a 10-1 run to take a 25-11 win. Kennedy Holstein had six aces, and Peyton Goodlman had five kills, while Alli Brunswig had four aces.
The teams will be in sub-state play next Saturday. Ulysses will head to Pratt for the Class 4A Sub-State, while Scott City will host the Class 3A Sub-State that also includes Cimarron, Colby, Goodland, Holcomb and Hugoton.
Scott City Coach Shelby Kite
Goodland 6-0, Scott City 4-2, Ulysses 3-3, Hugoton 3-3, Colby 2-4, Holcomb 2-4, Cimarron 0-6
Overall GWAC Record
Goodland 12-0, Hugoton 7-4, Holcomb 6-6, Scott City 6-6, Ulysses 5-6, Colby 3-7, Cimarron 1-11
Goodland def Holcomb 25-13, 23-25, 25-14; Ulysses def Cimarron 15-25, 25-15, 25-16; Scott City def Colby 22-25, 25-21, 25-19; Goodland def Scott City 25-19, 25-18; Ulysses def Hugoton 25-23, 24-26, 27-25; Colby def Cimarron 25-14, 25-15; Hugoton def Cimarron 25-19, 14-25, 25-19; Colby def Holcomb 25-23, 25-17; Scott City def Ulysses 25-21, 18-25, 28-26; Goodland def Ulysses 25-23, 25-21; Scott City def Cimarron 25-8, 25-16; Hugoton def Holcomb 25-10, 14-25, 25-18; Goodland def Cimarron 25-15, 25-17; Hugoton def Colby 23-25, 25-23, 25-22; Holcomb def Scott City 25-21, 17-25, 25-22; Goodland def Colby 29-27, 25-17; Scott City def Hugoton 19-25, 25-19, 25-11; Holcomb def Ulysses 25-17, 25-17; Goodland def Hugoton 25-10, 25-16; Cimarron def Holcomb 25-23, 18-25, 29-27; Ulysses def Colby 25-14, 25-23