Panthers finish 1-3 in own invitational

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 Concordia posted a 1-3 record in its own invitational volleyball tournament on Saturday.
The Panthers knocked off Minneapolis in three sets in pool play, and lost to Smith Center, Clay Center and Riley County.
“The girls took steps in the right direction and made improvements over this past week,” Concordia coach Rio Brown said, “The girls fought hard and never gave up. We saw some fight in them that we haven’t recently and at times, when we had the momentum and intensity, we did a lot of great things. We competed against some good teams, just couldn’t stay consistent and finish. We continue to make too many unforced errors, but are playing smarter and more aggressive. I am proud that we didn’t let up in the next sets after losing in the first. The girls fought hard and pushed the match to three sets. They gained some confidence this weekend and saw their potential shine through.”
Southeast of Saline won the tournament for the second year in a row by defeating Marysville in three sets.
Smith Center downed Riley County in the third-place match.
Concordia opened with a 25-18, 21-25, 25-14 loss to Smith Center.
Jera Metro had nine kills, two blocks, nine digs and six service points with two aces in the match for the Panthers.
Jordan Eshbaugh had six kills, two blocks, six digs and seven service points.
Leyli Beims added six kills and four blocks.
Sabrina Stolzenburg had three kills and six digs.
Shania Anguish had five digs and Chandler Lamm had four.
Faith Balthazor had 45 good sets in 46 attempts with 22 assists, five digs and six service points with two aces.
The Panthers were beaten in three sets by Clay Center, 25-14, 21-25, 25-23.
Eshbaugh had 11 kills, two blocks and seven digs.
Metro finished with nine kills and seven digs, and Beims had five kills.
Lamm had 10 digs and eight service points with two aces.
Anguish had 14 digs.
Balthazor had 49 good sets in 49 attempts with 26 assists, seven digs and 10 service points with two aces.
Michaela Hyman had five service points with two aces.
Concordia picked up its lone win against Minneapolis in three sets, 22-25, 27-25, 25-9.
Metro led the way with 14 kills, 11 digs and five service points.
Eshbaugh had 10 kills,11 digs and six service points.
Beims finished with nine kills.
Anguish had 18 digs and four service points.
Hadley Thyfault had eight digs.
Balthazor had 44 good sets in 45 attempts with 29 assists, nine digs and 14 service points with two aces.
Riley County downed Concordia in straight sets, 25-18, 25-23.
Eshbaugh and Metro had four kills and seven digs each.
Anguish ahd eight digs, and Lamm had five.
Balthazor had 21 good sets in 22 attempts with eight assists, and five service points with three aces.

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