The Circle volleyball team participated in the Rossville Tournament on Saturday and placed fifth out of 11 teams, even though they won 4 of their 5 matches.

The Circle volleyball team participated in the Rossville Tournament on Saturday and placed fifth out of 11 teams, even though they won 4 of their 5 matches.

The Lady Thunderbirds finished in a 3-way tie for first in their pool with Wamego and Abilene.

Because it took Circle three sets to beat Abilene, the Thunderbirds came out of the tie-breaker third, with the top two teams advancing to the championship bracket.

In pool play, Circle was defeated by Wamego in two games going, 21-25, 10-25.

Circle bounced back defeating Abilene in three games going, 26-24, 20-25 and 25-23.

The T-Birds then defeated Tonganoxie in two games, 25-13 and 25-15.

Circle rounded out pool play defeating Oskaloosa in the minimum two games going, 25-16 and 25-16.

Circle then played the third place team from the other pool, Holton, and came out victorious 25-13, 25-13.

“We finished strong against Holton, playing our best match of the day. This is a good tournament for us as we get a chance to play some of the best 4-A teams in northeast Kansas,” said Circle head coach Shelly Nibarger.

Circle moved to 13-4 on the season.

The Thunderbirds compete at the Wichita Collegiate triangular today along with Wellington.

STATS LEADERS:

Serving: Katie Frankenbery 56-56 with 4 Aces, Talia Highbarger 37-37 with 4 Aces, Caylie Kifer 9 Aces

Attacking:Katie Frankenbery 41 Kills, Erin Schiesser 37 Kills, Caylie Kifer 18 Kills

Blocking: Erin Schiesser 5 blocks, Leah Metzger 5 blocks, Andie Nibarger 4 blocks

Setting: Alison Kirkham 47 Assists, Katie Frankenbery 43 Assists

Digging: Allyssa Kirkham 59 Digs, Caylie Kifer 39 Digs