Crawford County’s Southeast-Cherokee High School Lancers did well in their first three games at the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament Friday but were finally eliminated by Hillsboro, Osage City and Effingham-Atchison County.

Crawford County’s Southeast-Cherokee High School Lancers did well in their first three games at the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament Friday but were finally eliminated by Hillsboro, Osage City and Effingham-Atchison County.

Although failing to make it out of their pool to play in today’s semifinals as one of the top four teams in Kansas, they took the experience in the big double courts in the Bicentennial Center as a positive, coach Cheri Witt said.

In Southeast’s first state tourney in 11 years, they lost 25-23, 25-22 to Hillsboro, 25-23, 25-15 to Osage City and 25-10, 25-8 to Effingham-Atchison County.

“We were a little in awe of the arena and everything, coming from a small high school gym, but once we got on the court, we realized it was just us and we could play our game,” Witt said. “Our first two games with Hillsboro were close.

“We started out with the same intensity against Osage City, but I think we just ran out of steam in the second game.”

Witt said the Lancers’ 5-10 middle hitter, Christine Bone, faced girls who were taller than she was, especially vs. Osage City, which had “a great outside hitter who really killed us.

“Christine had a lot on her plate against better middle hitters than any we had in our area,” the coach said.

In the first two matches, Chaney Fox had 13 kills and 28 digs, Bridget McGuire 23 assists and 15 digs and Ashley Martin 12 digs.

Witt said the experience of reaching Salina was good for everyone on the team.

“I think it was fantastic for my seniors to end their high school career here,” she said.

“For the underclassmen, it gives them more drive to work harder and become better.

“It was an experience these girls won’t forget, and it will drive them for things in the future.”

Southeast ended its season 29-14.