For the 19th time in the past 22 years, Circle competed in the championship match of their Class 4-A sub-state.
Circle had advanced to state in 10 of those 19 opportunities but this year had to settle for second as they lost to Chanute 18-25, 19-25 in the finals. Chanute, now 34-1, advances to the 4-A state tournament in Salina this Friday and Saturday.
“We didn’t have an answer for Chanute’s height (three hitters at least 6’0) and aggressive offense. We hung with them pretty well and had some impressive kills of our own, but in the end, it just came down to who had more big swingers,” said Circle head coach Shelly Nibarger.
“I’m very proud of this team for making it to the sub-state championship match. We had our struggles this year with only two returning starters from last year’s state-qualifying team. But I felt like we competed hard this season and improved considerably from start to finish.”
The Circle seniors stepped up for the T-Birds Taylor Adlesperger served solidly going 37-40 with 6 aces. She also 5 kills in the championship as a 5’5 outside hitter.
Leslie Geist had 10 of her 29 tournament kills in the finals versus the much taller Comets. Alexis Wiebe was 22-22 serving with 3 aces and added 5 kills for the tournament as a 5’6 right side hitter.
Jamie Wright had 7 kills overall in 22 attempts for the tournament.
Circle ends the season with a 24-17 record.