Lady Jays take fourth at Silver Lake Tournament
The Sabetha High School volleyball team traveled to Silver Lake on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the eight-team Silver Lake Tournament. At the end of the day, the Lady Jays had earned two wins and a fourth-place finish.
In pool play, Sabetha earned two wins and had one loss. Sabetha defeated St. Marys in three sets — 27-25, 22-25 and 25-20. Sabetha defeated Rossville in three sets — 22-25, 25-14 and 25-19. The Lady Jays fell to Royal Valley in two sets — 13-25 and 16-25.
With two wins in pool play, Sabetha advanced to the championship bracket, along with Royal Valley, Perry-Lecompton and Silver Lake.
“We started the tournament off very strong. The girls had a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” said Head Coach Abby Stueve. “This played to our favor when it came to gaining and keeping momentum.”
“It was obvious, too, the girls were proud of how they performed. This is a major step in the right direction,” Stueve said. “Not only playing physically and mentally strong but knowing what it’s going to take to put those things together for success.”
In the semi-final round, Sabetha was defeated by Silver Lake in two sets — 13-25 and 20-25. Royal Valley defeated Perry-Lecompton in three sets — 25-16, 22-25 and 26-24.
In the finals, Sabetha played Perry-Lecompton for the third place spot, losing in three sets — 25-16, 24-26 and 22-25. Silver Lake and Royal Valley faced off for the championship, with Silver Lake coming out on top after three closet sets — handing Royal Valley their first loss of the season. Royal Valley won the first set, 26-24. However, Silver Lake won the match by coming out on top in the final two, 25-21 and 25-21.
“Towards the end of the day, we ran out of steam and didn’t finish in the top three, but we finished higher than we were ranked in the tournament and played in the championship bracket,” Stueve said. “This is a tough tournament, and these girls showed we can compete!”
Final tournament standings were as follows: first place, Silver Lake; second place, Royal Valley; third place, Perry-Lecompton; fourth place, Sabetha; fifth place, Chapman; sixth place, St. Marys; seventh place, Rossville; and eighth place, Jeff West.
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