MARYSVILLE — Splitting four pool play matches, and falling twice in bracket play, the Concordia High School volleyball team placed fourth in the Marysville Invitational on Saturday.
Concordia was beaten in three sets by Riley County in the opening round of pool play, 19-25, 25-15, 25-14.
Leyli Beims had seven kills and four blocks for the Panthers.
Megan James had five kills, three digs and seven service points.
Jera Metro added five kills and two service points.
Jordan Eshbaugh had three kills, three blocks and three digs.
Sabrina Stolzenburg also had three kills and three blocks.
Shania Anguish had nine digs and three service points.
Faith Balthazor had 77 good sets in 79 attempts with 24 assists and six service points.
Concordia downed Sabetha in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18.
Balthazor had 31 good sets in 31 attempts with 17 assists and seven service points.
Eshbaugh had six kills, five blocks, four digs and three service points.
Metro had five kills, two blocks four digs and eight service points with two aces.
Beims had four kills and two blocks.
The Panthers knocked off Republic County, 25-17, 25-18.
Beims had six kills and seven blocks.
Eshbaugh finished with six kills, nine blocks and eight service points.
Balthazor had 34 good sets in 34 attempts with 31 assists.
Anguish had 15 digs and four service points.
Metro had two kills, three blocks and 12 service points with four aces.
Concordia was beaten in the final round of pool play by Nemaha Valley, 26-28, 25-23, 25-17.
Eshbaugh had 15 kills, four blocks, 10 digs and five service points with two aces.
Beims had eight kills and four blocks.
Metro had six kills, 12 digs and seven service points.
Balthazor had 68 good sets in 70 attempts with 31 assists, seven digs, two kills, two blocks and nine service points with two aces.
Anguish had 21 digs.
Chandler Lamm had seven digs.
Stolzenburg had two kills, three digs and five service points with two aces.
Marysville defeated the Panthers in the semifinals, 25-15, 25-7.
Balthazor had 25 good sets in 26 attempts with seven assists.
Metro had three kills and six digs.
Eshbaugh had two kills and two digs.
James had four digs.
Concordia lost to Washington 25-23, 25-17 in the third-place match.
Beims had six kills and four blocks.
Metro had five kills, two blocks and four digs.
Eshbaugh had five kills, two blocks, three digs and four service points.
Lamm had nine digs and four service points.
Anguish had eight digs.
Balthazor had 40 good sets in 41 attempts with 13 assists, four digs and nine service points with two aces.
“The girls continue to make steps in the right direction. When we played with intensity, the girls were on fire and everything seemed to click. However, when we didn’t have the momentum, we lapsed mentally a couple of times and couldn’t dig ourselves out. As a result, our lines of communication shut down and we started creating too many unforced errors,” Concordia coach Rio Brown said, “There were definitely a lot of positives to take from this tournament. The girls served tougher, our defense and serve receive passing continued to improve and the aggressive play at the net was key. Our hitters stepped up and made some great plays by reading the court. Everyone contributed, and we had a balanced attack all day. It was nice to see different players step up each match. We will continue to work hard, make some adjustments and keep moving forward.”
Concordia will play in the Sabetha Invitational on Saturday.