Published in the Iola Register on Sep. 18, 2013.

Bulldogs deal Panthers pair of league losses

MARYSVILLE — Opening North Central Kansas League play on the road, the Concordia High School volleyball team suffered a pair of losses to Marysville on Tuesday night.
Marysville won the first match in straight sets, 25-19, 25-22 and then took the second match, 25-19, 25-15.
“We are getting better each day, and there were many positives to take from tonight. Our net play was aggressive, and our blocking was on. When we get a good serve receive pass we can generate our offense and convert to kills. However, our serve receive struggled tonight. We were aced way too many times, and you can’t expect to stay in the game when you can’t get a pass and convert to a kill. We made too many mental mistakes with our rotations and made too many unforced hitting and serving errors. We still show some of our youth, but the girls are starting to become more comfortable in their roles and positions. I was proud that the girls went out and played hard. It was exciting to see the intensity they brought when they were on a roll. We have to continue to build off this and keep moving forward,” Concordia coach Rio Brown said.
In the first match, Jordan Eshbaugh had 11 kills, six blocks, four digs and four service points.”Jordan had an excellent night,” Brown said.
Jera Metro finished with three kills and three blocks.
Leyli Beims had five blocks.
Faith Balthazor had 28 good sets in 30 attempts with 10 assists, four digs and four service points.
Chandler Lamm had four digs and six service points, and Shania Anguish had four digs and eight service points.
In the second match, Eshbaugh had eight kills, four blocks and two digs.
Balthazor had 28 good serves in 28 attempts with eight assists.
Lamm had five digs and five service points, and Anguish had five digs and four service points.
“When the clutch part of the game was going on, our serve receive and communication struggled,” Brown said, “We went on a couple of good runs, but need to learn to keep the momentum and start early.”
The Concordia junior varsity split a pair of matches with Marysville.
Concordia won the first match in three sets, 22-25, 25-23, 16-13.
The Bulldogs took the second match in two sets, 25-22, 25-14.
The Concordia freshman also split with Marysville.
Marysville won the first match, 25-10, 24-26, 25-11.
Concordia picked up the win in the second match, 25-9, 25-14.