The Circle Thunderbirds picked up six more wins Saturday on the way to winning the Rossville Invitational.


The Circle Thunderbirds picked up six more wins Saturday on the way to winning the Rossville Invitational.
The Thunderbirds (18-1)?didn’t lose a set in the tournament. Circle beat Oskaloosa (25-19, 25-12), Holton (25-23, 25-23) and Salina Sacred Heart (25-23, 25-14)?in pool play.
Circle beat Sacred Heart in quarterfinal action (25-18, 25-23), Holton in the semifinals (25-21, 25-23)?and Tonganoxie in the final (25-17, 26-24).
“I’m so proud of this team,”?said Circle coach Shelly Nibarger. “Our confidence grew throughout the day, and the girls just refused to lose, even when down by as many as six points, 13-19, in the second set of the semi-final match against Holton.  Most of our set wins today were 25-23, or 26-24, and I was impressed with our composure and determination in each and every battle.”
Hanna Flaming had 43 kills on the day for the T-Birds, while Samantha Jernigan had 30 kills and 17 blocks, and Kyrstie Ehm 26 kills.

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The El Dorado Wildcats picked up a win in five matches Saturday in the Rossville Invitational.
Although the Wildcats (6-11)?didn’t get more marks in the win column, El Dorado coach Jane Squires said the team is heading in the right direction as they get closer to regionals next month.
“We had a really good day serving, and that was what we’ve been working on,”?Squires said. “Our serving game is getting better. There was good competition there and that will help us. We just need to cut down in our unforced errors.”
The Wildcats beat Wamego in the tournament, while losing to host Rossville, Clay Center, Royal Valley and Oskaloosa.
Squires singled out a number of players for their efforts on the tournament, including seniors Lindsay Klein and Taylor Grunder
On Klein’s play, Squires said:?“She hit well and also did a good job in the back row, where she had to play more than normal.”
About Grunder:?“She also hit the ball well. She had eight kills and no errors in the Rossville match.”