PITTSBURG — The St. Mary’s-Colgan High School volleyball team took second in the SMC Classic on Saturday, finishing just in front of Frontenac in third place.

The Panthers punched their ticket to the championship round with a 2-1 win over the Raiders, but fell to Riverton 2-0 (25-17, 25-17) in the title game.

“Throughout the day, we did alright as a team,” SMC head coach Cathy Oplotnik said. “We can take some good things from the day, but we’re just disappointed with the loss. I don’t feel like we played our best volleyball against Riverton and I feel like we were really hesitated against them. However, we had some positive things happen throughout the day.”

Prior to losing in the championship round, Colgan won five consecutive games.

The Raiders tallied four wins on the day, with victories over Jayhawk-Linn (2-1), Galena (2-0), Columbus (2-0) and Cherryvale (2-0).

After losing 2-1 against SMC, the Raiders were swept in two sets by the Rams.

“We really pulled away from the concept of being aggressive,” FHS head coach Cassie Rhuems said. “Rather than us stepping up our game and being more aggressive, we played a little too safe, which steered us away from the things that had been working earlier.”


The Raiders and the Panthers will see each other again in a triangular match at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Girard.