CHEROKEE — A full day of volleyball in the Southeast Summer Tournament was capped off with the host Lancers defeating St. Mary’s Colgan (14-25, 25-23, 5-2) in the championship game on Monday.
LANCERS WIN IT ALL
The Lancers entered bracket play as the No. 9 seed, but overcame the odds by winning four games in a row to claim the title.
Despite losing the first set of the match 25-14, the Lancers bounced back to win set two 25-23 and the decisive third set 5-2.
“They played together as a team,” SHS head coach Maya White said. “They focused, they had one goal and they didn’t let their fatigue take over.”
After an up-and-down day throughout pool play, the Lancers got hot at the right time and won when it mattered the most.
“One thing that we’ve been working on this summer is coming out ready to compete and finishing games strong,” White said. “I think the girls really did that today. They learned a lot about themselves and how much they can accomplish. It was a good step in the right direction.”
Colgan won the first matchup of the day against the Lancers in two sets (25-20, 11-6), but Southeast bounced back with a win over Northeast (25-11, 18-10) before splitting a pair of sets with Riverton (29-9, 17-18).
Southeast rounded out pool play with a pair of splits against Jayhawk-Linn (24-29, 10-9) and Frontenac (24-25, 7-6).
SHS earned its spot in the bracket by winning the play-in game over Oswego (14-25, 25-18, 5-0), before upsetting the No. 1 seed Labette County (25-24, 25-24).
The Lancers then punched their ticket to the championship game with a win over Jayhawk-Linn (25-24, 25-16) and went on to win it all.
PANTHERS FALL SHORT
The Panthers went undefeated en route to making it to the championship game, but were held in check by the Lancers in the end.
“We had a good day until maybe the last five minutes of the tournament,” SMC head coach Cathy Oplotnik said. “Our team is working well together and I hope that once we start the season, we are able to tweak some things and get better. This group will take on that challenge and they’ll get better.”
After defeating Southeast in game one (25-20, 11-6), the Panthers went on to beat Riverton (25-11, 23-7), Frontenac (25-3, 21-15) and Northeast (25-6, 25-9).
The Panthers began bracket play as the No. 2 seed and beat Riverton (25-21, 25-19) and Girard (25-19, 25-16), before going on to lose to Southeast in the championship.
RAIDERS FALL TO TROJANS
With plenty of new faces on the team, the Frontenac A team played well throughout the day, but ultimately fell to Girard (20-25, 15-25) in round one of bracket play.
Although the Raiders’ A team stumbled in the end, the Frontenac B team won the consolation bracket by defeating Fredonia in two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-20.
“A lot of new faces,” FHS head coach Cassie Rheums said. “We’re just trying to get some experience on the court and learn how to gel together. Our B team ended up winning the consolation bracket after playing well all day. They hustled, really worked hard and got better as the day went along.”
“For the varsity group, it wasn’t the best day,” Rheums said. “We’re working through some challenges and trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. The kids will keep working hard and I think when the time comes, they’ll be where they need to be.”
The Raiders’ A team began the day with a split against Girard (25-19, 9-11), before winning two sets by scores of 25-24, 8-7 against Fredonia.
Frontenac went on to beat the Colgan B team (25-18, 15-11), splitting against St. Paul (25-23, 8-9) and defeating Oswego (25-21, 17-13).
GIRARD FALLS IN ROUND TWO
A decent day for the Trojans ended on a sour note, as they entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and defeated Frontenac in round one (25-20, 25-15), but were eliminated in the next round by Colgan in two sets by scores of 19-25, 16-25.
In pool play, the Trojans began with a 19-25 loss to Frontenac, but bounced back with a win over the Colgan B team (25-18, 14-7).
The Trojans went on to split a pair of sets with Oswego (24-25, 10-9), swept Fredonia (25-13, 19-1) and beat St. Paul in two sets by scores of 25-15 and 15-14.
VIKINGS ROUGHED UP
It was a tough day for Northeast throughout pool play — winning two out of 10 sets — but the Vikings came up with a win in the consolation bracket over the Fredonia B team (25-20, 25-8) before losing to the Frontenac B team in round two (20-25, 8-25).
The Raiders handed the Vikings their first loss of the day (17-25, 13-14), before going on to lose to Southeast (16-25, 10-18), Jayhawk-Linn (16-25, 10-18) and Colgan (6-25, 9-25).
Northeast picked up a win in the final game of pool play, defeating Riverton in two sets 25-17 and 18-13.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.