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  • Frontenac, Southeast win substate titles, head to state

  • The Frontenac Raiders continued their magic carpet ride Saturday, defeating Columbus 2-0 (25-8, 25-16), Labette County 2-0 (25-18, 25-14) and Pittsburg 2-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-23) to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament next week in Salina.

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  • The Frontenac Raiders continued their magic carpet ride Saturday, defeating Columbus 2-0 (25-8, 25-16), Labette County 2-0 (25-18, 25-14) and Pittsburg 2-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-23) to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament next week in Salina.
    In the championship match, Frontenac and Pittsburg battled tough-and-nail with several outstanding individual performances by players on both teams.
    Lindsey Gorham led Frontenac with a double-double of 41 assists and 15 digs, plus one kill and two service points. Ryleigh McCartney and Andi Palumbo had double-doubles — McCartney 14 kills and 11 digs, Palumbo 13 digs and 11 service points. McCartney added one block, eight service points and one ace, Palumbo one ace on her 11 service points.
    Multiple Frontenac players had double-digit digs: Nayna Fields 23, Gorham 15, Palumbo 13, McCartney 11 and Jennifer Long 10. Offensively, the Raiders also had Libby Warrick with 14 kills and Paige Badart 13. Badart led with two blocks and Warrick added one.
    Meanwhile, for the host Purple Dragons, senior Andie Casper had a double-double of 12 kills and 10 service points and Mercedes Vogel joined Casper with 12 assists and 12 service points. Bethanne Elliott added 11 kills, three blocks and six service points, senior Rheid Tridle eight kills, four blocks and 11 service points, senior Lizzy Willis five kills and five service points, and senior Alaura Short 11 assists.
    Pittsburg (24-16) ends its season on its home court one win shy of state.
    “Both teams really battled tonight,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “We knew that Frontenac would give us a super match. The Dragons played their hearts out and left it all on the court. I am so very proud of my players. This is one of those times when a team plays really well and still loses.”
    Pittsburg ran into a Frontenac squad currently on a 22-match winning streak and with a 35-4 overall record headed into Salina.
    Against Labette County in the semifinals, Gorham had 19 assists and nine digs, McCartney seven kills, seven digs, two blocks and two service points, Fields 10 digs and eight service points, Long nine digs and 12 service points (three aces), Badart seven kills and one block, Warrick five kills and McKayla Edwards six service points.
    Against Girard in the semifinals, another three-set match for the host team, Pittsburg won 2-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-21). Every match this year between Pittsburg and Girard ended in a similar pattern: all three times Girard won the first set and Pittsburg won the next two for the victory.
    Vogel had a double-double of 12 assists and 12 service points. Casper added a near double-double of 10 service points and nine kills, plus three blocks. Tridle had seven kills, four blocks and 11 service points, Willis eight kills and five service points, Elliott six kills and eight blocks, senior Jordan Dee two kills and nine blocks, Brianna Maxwell four blocks, Chelsea Baker three blocks and Short 11 assists.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pittsburg defeated Baxter Springs 2-0 (25-16, 25-16) in the opening match. Elliott and Tridle both had six kills, while Casper and Willis both had four and Dee added two kills and five blocks. Vogel and Short, setters, had nine and seven assists, respectively. Vogel led with seven service points and Willis and Short each added six.
    Frontenac rolled over Columbus — 10 digs and seven service points by Fields, 18 assists, nine digs and seven service points by Gorham, six digs and 11 service points by Long, eight kills and three blocks by Badart and seven kills, one block, two digs, three service points and one ace by McCartney.
    Class 3A
    CANEY — The Southeast Lancers qualified for its third consecutive Class 3A state tournament by defeating Riverton 2-0 (25-8, 25-17), Cherryvale 2-0 (25-21, 25-16) and Erie 2-0 (25-18, 25-16).
    Southeast enters state competition with an impressive 34-5 record.
    Colgan won its first-round match over Neodesha 2-0 (25-18, 25-17) but lost to Erie 2-0 (21-25, 21-25) in the semifinals.
    The Panthers defeated the Bluestreaks with nine assists by senior Katelyn Flood, seven by Kelly Smith and two by Alex Minton. Cori Koehn had five kills and five blocks, senior Abbie O’Brien five kills, Katie Kolarik four kills and senior Mariah Klenke three kills.
    Flood led Colgan with five assists against Erie; Smith added four and Minton three assists. Koehn came back with another five-kill match, Sydney Beck and Klenke each had four, and O’Brien finished with two.
    Class 2A
    UNIONTOWN — The Uniontown Eagles punched their way into the state tournament with victories over Northeast 2-0 (25-6, 25-3), Lyndon 2-0 (25-16, 25-14) and Oswego 2-1 (19-25, 25-15, 25-17).

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