WAMEGO — The Concordia High School volleyball team was knocked out of the Class 4A sub-state tournament in the first round by North Central Kansas League rival Abilene on Saturday.
Concordia, which finished up 21-19 on the season, had a 24-21 in the opening set, but Abilene rallied to post a 27-25 win.
The Cowgirls then defeated the Panthers 25-22 in the second set.
“We started off in a hole early, but were able to fight back and gain momentum. We had the lead 24-21 in the first set, and couldn’t finish,” Concordia coach Rio Brown said, “We knew it would be a close battle, as all of our games have been. It would come down to which team made the least amount of errors.”
Lindsey Widen had nine kills, 16 digs and 29 good sets in 29 attempts with 11 assists for the Panthers.
Jera Metro finished with eight kills, 10 digs, two blocks and five service points.
Shelby Fraser had four kills and two digs.
Michaela Hyman had two kills, 17 digs and five service points.
Emily Brown had 14 digs.
Danae Gennette had 19 good sets in 20 attempts with nine assists and seven digs.
“The girls fought hard, and picked up more balls on defense than we have in the past. We just didn’t execute by putting the ball away enough. Credit Abilene, they have a great defense and picked up a lot of our hits. We just couldn’t convert into enough kills. With one of our starters out, we did have some communication errors on blocking and knowing our blocking assignments. We also struggled a couple of times with serve receive late in the game, allowing them to ace us. Overall, I was pleased with the effort the girls put forth, and how they didn’t give up fighting. We will miss our four seniors. They are a great group of girls. We appreciate the hard work, dedication and leadership they have brought to the CHS volleyball team the last four years.
In the other first-round matches, McPherson defeated Chapman, 25-8, 25-12; Wamego beat Clay Center, 25-8, 25-14; and Rock Creek got past Smoky Valley, 25-22, 25-21.
Wamego knocked off Abilene 25-27, 25-22, 25-18 in the semifinals, and McPherson rolled past Rock Creek, 25-17, 25-15.
McPherson then downed Wamego 25-17, 25-16 in the championship match, and will advance to the state tournament in Salina.