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Junior High Teams Play Well At NWKL Tourney

The Northwest Kansas League Junior High Volleyball Tournament was held on Tuesday, October 17. The tournament had two divisions of competition--A and B. The A team tournament was held in Dighton; the B team tournament was held in St. Francis. Both St. Francis teams played well throughout the tournament. The A team went undefeated in pool play and won their semi-final match against Dighton, but lost to a good Rawlins County team in the championship contest 14-25, 23-25.

The St. Francis B team was undefeated on the day and won the NWKL championship over Dighton in a three set victory, 21-25, 25-20, 15-12.

A Team

The A Team won two-set victories over Greeley County, Quinter, and Decatur Community in pool play action. The Lady Indians defeated Greeley County 25-18, 25-19, Quinter 25-13, 25-15, and Decatur Community 25-19, 25-12. The wins earned St. Francis the #1 position in Pool A and matched them up against Dighton in the first round of bracket play. The Lady Indians defeated a good Dighton team in straight sets 25-9, 25-22 to earn their way into the championship match. Rawlins County advanced into the championship match with a 25-16, 25-20 win over Decatur Community.

In the championship match, the Lady Indians played well, but lost to a strong Rawlins County team in two sets. The scores were 14-25, 23-25. The Lady Indians thus earned second place and were awarded the second place medals.

A team members include:  Bree De Waal, Jordan Faulkender, Molly Gilliland, Hadleigh Hilt, Jesslynn Houtman, Ellee Krien, Jackie Milliken, Mia Morrow, McKenna Poling, and Talexa Weeter.

Below are complete results from the A team tournament.

Pool A:  St. Francis defeated Greeley County 25-18, 25-19: Decatur Community defeated Quinter 25-18, 26-28, 15-6: St. Francis defeated Quinter 25-13, 25-15: Decatur Community defeated Greeley County 25-4, 25-13: Quinter defeated Greeley County 16-25, 25-19,15-8: St. Francis defeated Decatur Community 25-19, 25-12

Pool B:  Rawlins County defeated Hoxie 25-7, 25-16; Dighton defeated Wallace County 25-14, 25-14; Rawlins County defeated Wallace County 25-15, 25-9; Dighton defeated Hoxie 25-18, 25-14; Wallace County defeated Hoxie 18-25, 25-15, 15-10; Rawlins defeated Dighton 27-29, 25-19, 15-10

Semifinals:  St. Francis defeated Dighton 25-9, 25-22; Rawlins County defeated Decatur Community 25-16, 25-20

Championship:  Rawlins County defeated St. Francis 25-14, 25-23

3rd and 4th Place:  Dighton defeated Decatur Community 25-22, 18-25, 15-8

B Team

The Lady Indian B team also earned victories over all their pool play opponents. The B team defeated Quinter 25-18, 25-16 in their first match of the day. St. Francis then earned a 25-12, 25-17 win over Decatur Community and a hard-fought victory over Dighton in three sets, 19-25, 25-22, 15-5. The action earned St. Francis the #1 position in Pool 2 and matched them against the #2 team from Pool 1, Wallace County, in bracket play. In the semi-final match, St. Francis defeated Wallace County in three sets 22-15, 25-18, 15-8 to advance to the championship match held in the St. Francis High School Gymnasium. In the championship match, St. Francis again defeated a strong Dighton team 21-25, 25-20, 15-12. The B team earned 1st place and the NWKL gold medals and league championship bar. It was the first time St. Francis had placed first in the NWKL in volleyball since 2009.

B team members include:  Madison Barnhart, Addy Christensen, Miah Hackney, Kinley Havel, Lyden Lampe, Makaila Matthies, Anglea Ramirez, Janie Ramirez, Hailey Robbins, Bailey Workman, and Rian Zimbal.

Congratulations to all the team members and coaches Shaylinn Zweygardt, Tiffany Poet, and Talley Morrow for a great season!

Below are complete results from the B team tournament.

Pool 1:  Atwood defeated Tribune 25-20, 25-8 Sharon Springs defeated Hoxie 8-25, 25-17, 15-9 Atwood defeated Hoxie 25-8, 25-19 Sharon Springs defeated Tribune 25-8, 25-21 Hoxie defeated Tribune 26-24, 25-14 Atwood defeated Sharon Springs 25-12, 25-9

Pool 2:  Dighton defeated Oberlin 25-20, 25-14 St. Francis defeated Quinter 25-18, 25-16 Dighton defeated Quinter 25-11, 25-14 St. Francis defeated Oberlin 25-12, 25-17 Oberlin defeated Quinter 26-24, 25-19 St. Francis defeated Dighton 19-25, 25-15, 15-5

Semifinals:  Dighton defeated Atwood 25-27, 25-11, 15-6 St. Francis defeated Sharon Springs 22-25, 25-18, 15-8 3rd Place Sharon Springs defeated Atwood 16-25, 25-21, 16-14

Championship:  St. Francis defeated Dighton 21-25, 25-20, 15-12

3rd & 4th place:  Wallace County defeated Rawlins County 16-25, 25-21, 16-14

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