TOWANDA—Circle’s volleyball team certainly didn’t have it easy at its home tournament this past Saturday.
The Thunderbirds had a tough set against Douglass and had to go three sets against Moundridge, but they persevered on way to a 5-0 record and first place.
““Our players competed hard all day. We showed great composure in the 27-25 win against Douglass, and we showed we can battle back strong after losing our first set to Moundridge. All of our players contributed to our success today which made it a fun day for everyone,” said Circle coach Shelly Nibarger.
Moundridge and Douglass both finished 3-2 on the day, but Douglass lost the tiebreaker and took third place.
The T-birds lost their first set to Moundridge in the closest match of the day. They fought back to win the three setter 22-25, 25-22, 25-22.
Katie Frankenbury led Circle with 55 total kills on the day (11.0 per match). She also was a perfect 39-for-39 serving and had 45 assists.
Erin Schiesser had 33 kills (6.6). and five aces. Leah Metzger scored 25 kills (5.0) and had six blocks. Caylie Kifer had 22 kills (4.4) and a team-high 48 digs (9.6). Allyssa Kirkham added 46 digs and two aces. Chelsea Gates also had two aces.
Alison Kirkham led the team with 51 assists (10.2). Talia Highbarger was 36-of-38 serving with a team-high seven aces.
For Douglass, the Bulldogs started with the tough loss to the T-birds. Hailey Braddy scored on 12 kills and had 10 digs. Cashlyn Munroe had three kills, an ace, four digs and a block in the match.
In the Bulldogs’ two-set win against Independent, Braddy had nine kills, two aces, six digs and a block. Munroe had nine kills and three aces. Kayleigh Roberts had 12 digs in the match along with an ace. Emily Nahr added three kills.
The Bulldogs then lost a close first set to Moundridge, who went on to beat Douglass 25-23, 25-17. Braddy had eight kills, seven digs and two aces. Nahr and Munroe both had five kills, and Munroe added two blocks. Roberts had nine digs. Madison Woody had three kills and two blocks.
The Bulldogs finished the day with two wins. They beat the Wichita Defenders in three sets. Braddy again led the Bulldogs with 11 kills and had a team-high 13 digs. She also had three blocks and two aces. Woody had two kills and two blocks. Roberts had three aces and 10 digs. Munroe had seven kills, four aces, four digs and two blocks. Sarah Hajdukovich had two kills and two blocks.
In the final match, Braddy had 11 kills and seven digs as the Bulldogs beat Conway Springs 25-15, 25-15. Munroe added five kills, four aces and seven digs. Roberts had three aces and seven digs. Woody had six kills, and Nahr added two kills and an ace for the Bulldogs.