Match stats (six matches)
Taren Houser: 40 kills, 13 aces, 36 digs, 4 blocks
Sarah Bergley: 24 kills, 10 aces, 14 digs, 16 blocks
Faith Gerkin:?35 kills, 1 assist, 6 aces, 39 digs
Hayley Young: 23 kills, 111 asts 9 aces, 35 digs, 12 blocks
Shaeli Munroe:?12 kills 8 assists, 9 aces, 4 digs, 3 blocks
Dellsea Nachbor: 21 kills, 3 digs, 15 blocks
Magan?Castlebury: 18 digs, 6 aces, 1 assist
Raylee Wallace: 41 digs, 3 aces, 1 assist
Rebekah Daughty: 24 digs, 1 assist
All-tournament team: Hayley?Young, Taren Houser
DOUGLASS—Shaeli Munroe raised her arms in the air and the Douglass volleyball team began celebrating after she spiked a kill down the line to beat Remington in the third set of a back-and-forth match.
But the umpire changed his call and said the ball went out of bounds. The Broncos took advantage and scored the next two points to win 15-25, 25-19, 26-24.
The match turned out to be a deciding factor in the final team standings at Saturday’s Douglass invitational. The Bulldogs finished in third place with a 4-2 record. Remington took second (5-1) and Garden Plain won first (6-0).
Still, the Bulldogs played well in their first tournament of the season.
“We started off pretty well and I think, as the day went on, we lost our intensity,” coach Leanne Braddy said. “...We just need to be a little more mentally tough, but they’ve got so much potential. I told them they’re so talented.”
Braddy especially was proud of the fact that it was a different player in most of the matches that stepped up to lead the team. Against Remington, it was senior Taren Houser, who had 12 kills and two service aces. Houser finished with 6.6 kills and 6.0 digs per match and was named to the all-tournament team.
Against El Dorado, it was Faith Gerkin who led the Bulldogs. At one point during the first set, she scored four out of five points during a 7-0 stretch to give Douglass a commanding 21-14 lead. Gerkin finished with a team-high eight kills as Douglass won 25-19, 25-15.
Sarah Bergley and Hayley Young both took control of the Bulldogs’ final match against Conway Springs. Young showed court savvy with four tap kills to open spots on the court. She finished with six kills, four aces and two blocks. Young earned all-tournament team honors.
Bergley had nine kills, three aces and three blocks to lead Douglass, which struggled to finish off Conway Springs early on. The Cardinals won the first set in a tiebreak after Douglass made a defensive mistake and a return error. Bergley scored three of the final four points in Set 2, which included two emphatic spikes to close it out. Douglass led all of Set 3 for a 26-28, 25-17, 25-17 win.
The Bulldogs had no problem getting through El Dorado’s stout defense of Rachel West, Haley Bergen and Lindsay Klein. Douglass won 25-19, 25-15.
Garden Plain dominated in all six of its wins. The Owls beat Douglass 25-18, 25-16.
The Bulldogs started the day with convincing wins against Trinity Academy (25-11, 25-11) and Bluestem?(25-21, 25-4).