Concordia drops Bulldogs for third place

MARYSVILLE — Bouncing back from a loss to Nemaha Valley in the semifinals, the Concordia Panthers knocked off Marysville in three sets to place third in the Marysville Invitational volleyball tournament on Saturday.
Concordia went 3-1 in pool play, and fell in three sets to Nemaha Valley in the semifinals.
The Panthers dropped the first set to Marysville 26-24 in the third-place match.
Concordia evened the match at 1-1 by winning the second set, and then took the third set, 25-22.
Lindsey Widen had nine kills, 14 digs, three blocks, eight service points with two aces and 23 good sets in 24 attempts with 11 assists for Concordia in the win.
Leyli Beims added nine kills and five blocks.
Jera Metro had three kills and two blocks.
Emily Brown finished with 42 digs and 12 service points with six aces.
Megan James had 20 digs and two blocks.
Michaela Hyman had 16 digs, three blocks and seven service points with an ace.
Faith Balthazor had 11 good sets in 13 attempts with four assists.
“We really stepped up after losing the first set. We made some key adjustments, and used the momentum we had from the second set to finish the day,” Concordia coach Rio Brown said, “Leyli Beims was on fire, and really was key in our offensive success. Our blockers played well at the net, and our serve receive allowed us options. Our spot serving came through and helped keep the ball away from their main hitters. We knew if we served tough to the right locations it would keep them out of system.”
In the semifinals, Concordia lost the first set 25-29 to Nemaha Valley.
The Panthers won the second set 25-24, but lost the third, 25-21.
Widen had nine kills, 22 digs, two blocks, 10 service points with an ace and 37 good sets in 38 attempts with 14 assists.
Metro had seven kills, and Beims added six.
Brown had 40 digs and four service points.
Hyman had three kills, three blocks, 20 digs and 15 service points with an ace.
James had 18 digs, four kills and two blocks.
Danae Gennette had 24 good sets in 28 attempts with eight assists.
Concordia opened pool play with a 25-12, 25-14 win over Riley County.
Widen finished with 12 kills, eight digs and 17 good sets in 17 attempts with six assists.
Metro had eight kills.
Brown had 28 digs and seven service points with two aces.
James had 21 digs and five service points with an ace.
Hyman added 14 digs, two blocks and five service points with an ace.
Gennette had 25 good sets in 31 attempts with 15 assists and five digs.
Concordia beat Word of Life, 25-8, 25-8.
James led the way with seven kills, and Widen had six.
Balthazor had 30 good sets in 33 attempts with 23 assists and 15 service points with five aces.
Brown had 12 digs and five service points with three aces.
The Panthers knocked off Topeka West, 25-10, 25-16.
Widen had nine kills, 11 digs, two blocks, five service points and 26 good sets in 26 attempts with 10 assists.
Gennette had 34 good sets in 37 attempts with 17 assists and nine digs.
Metro had 10 kills, six digs and four service points with two aces.
Hyman and Shelby  Fraser had four kills each.
Brown had 28 digs and 11 service points.
James had 22 digs and six service points with an ace.
Concordia fell to Washington County in the final round of pool play, 26-24, 21-25, 27-25.
Widen had 12 kills, 16 digs, 55 good sets in 58 attempts with 11 assists and seven service points with two aces.
Metro finished with six kills, and Fraser had five.
Brown had 46 digs.
Hyman had 24 digs, two blocks and six service points with two aces.
Gennette had 36 good sets in 42 attempts with 12 assists, eight digs and six service points.
“Overall, I was pleased with the intensity the girls maintained throughout the day. There were some definite high points, and also times we struggled. Playing three matches that all went to three sets without much rest is mentally exhausting. The girls came out both times in set two and played great, and then couldn’t finish the third set.”

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