Girard volleyball took part in a triangular match at Riverton High School and came away with a 1-1 record, beating the Rams before falling to Baxter Springs Tuesday.

The Trojans battled to three sets with the Rams in their first match of the day. After dropping the first game, they righted the ship to win back-to-back sets on the way to 21-25, 25-20, 25-15 win.

“We started passing better in that second set,” Girard head coach Lori Ferguson said. “We set things up put the ball down, giving us a chance to make an offense.

“Our front row worked really hard. We communicated and took care of our business. There was a little bit of a fight there.”

With the split, Girard’s record stands at 11-6 on the season.

Ashley Ray finished the match to lead the Trojans in kills with 19 to go along with a pair of solo blocks.

Laney Shireman led the team in assists with 30.

Leading the Trojans in digs with four was Shelby Smith, while Katy Pitts added three. GHS' Kelli Cuthbertson dug out a pair of kills herself.

The Lions came out and beat the Trojans in straight sets by the score of 25-15 and 25-21.

“As the night went on, we really didn’t fight very hard,” Ferguson said. “We got lazy and didn’t pass the ball well, didn’t hit the ball well and made some bad errors. We have to get better.”

After dropping the first set against Riverton, Girard battled back and forth with the Rams for the first half of the second set.

It looked as if Riverton took control after going up by three, 16-13.

Ray got the serve back for Girard following a placed shot in between the sideline and a Rams players to swing the momentum back in favor of Girard.

Smith took advantage and gave her team the momentum they were looking for.

Smith ran off six consecutive points in a service run which started with Ray getting a kill at the net to cut the lead to one, 16-15.

Five errors on offense by the Rams and another kill from Ray put Girard up 20-16 with the end in sight.

The Trojans never relinquished the lead as they went on to tie the match, forcing a decisive third set.

The third-and-final set started out similar to the second with the teams trading points to a 15-all score.

As Girard did in set two, the Trojans got a long scoring run late to take command of the third game.

Cuthbertson used a service run which scored eight points in a row to put GHS up 24-15.

The run was highlighted by Ray starting things off with a kill at the net followed by three errors from the Rams.

Ray scored the next three points for Girard after recording a kill, score on placement and then a block to put her team up 22-14.

Riverton put up little fight before the Trojans put the game away to take the match.

Unforced errors and serve-return issues plagued the Trojans early in the first set with the Rams, and they came back to the forefront against the Lions as well. Girard was in every set they lost until a string of tough plays led to their opponents taking the momentum for the remainder of the set.

“I told them they needed to start playing with a purpose,” Ferguson said. “They needed to take care of their business.”


Girard is in action Thursday as they play in a Triangular match with St. Mary’s Colgan and host-school Garnett.