The revenge factor keeps motivating the Pittsburg High School volleyball team.

The revenge factor keeps motivating the Pittsburg High School volleyball team.
Last Saturday, the Dragons got payback by knocking off Chanute and Girard at the Erie Red Devil Invitational.
Thursday, as PHS opened up their Southeast Kansas League schedule, there was one more team that the Dragons had their eye one.
Independence had defeated the Dragons in an earlier match during the season, but the Dragons knocked them off when it counted on Thursday 2-0 (25-19, 25-13).
“Our defense had to be adjusted to their bigger girls and the girls did a nice job of making up the difference,” said PHS head coach Mary Packard.
But first, the Dragons had to face the hosts Iola.
Junior Jessica Wade led the Dragons with 11 kills and two blocks as they defeated the Fillies 2-0 (25-20, 25-14).
In addition to Wade, Kathrine Willis added five kills and five blocks while Megan Nance had another five kills in the win.
Kathryn Montague picked up three kills and setter Kelly Clark had another 21 assists.
“We did a really good job of spreading out our offense which is very crucial for us,” Packard said. “We really wanted Independence but we had to focus on Iola and they did a very good job with that focus.”
Against the Bulldogs, Packard said that she knew they would key on Wade after her game against Iola.
That meant that someone else had to take the reins.
Insert Montague and Nance.
Nance led the Dragons with eight kills and Montague added six kills and two blocks.
“By the time we got to that second game after Kathryn (Montague) really went to town,” Packard said. “But in the second Megan (Nance) was able to put it to them and, I think, that was because of our rotation.”
Willis added six kills, four blocks and two aces and Clark picked up 23 assists.
“Our passes were so much better,” Packard said. “We watched tape from the last time we played Independence and found out that it was us.”
That was attributed to new libero Kaitlin King along with the Dragons’ other defensive specialist Haley Drenick.
“They have become more confident and is really getting the ball for us,” Packard said.
Another attribution for the Dragons late surge is facing off with teams such as Ottawa and Paola, as they have over the last week.
“I believe that playing Ottawa and playing Paola was a good thing,” Packard said. “It is good to see other competition and we made better decisions tonight and that really helps.”
Pittsburg continues league play at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday against Coffeyville and Chanute at Coffeyville.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140