ARMA — Tears ran down the faces of the players on the Southeast High School after losing 2-1 in the Kansas Class 3A Sub-State Championship match against Humboldt on Saturday.
What was a good day for the Lancers — winning back-to-back games in the first two rounds — turned south when Humboldt took the third and final game, cutting the Southeast season short.
“I thought my girls fought hard,” SHS head coach Maya White. “On the first point, we lost our libero to injury, and Megan Colvin came in and did a good job. Caitlin Low came in did well serving, not having played with us much. As far as the adjustment, I think our girls did well.”
After Humboldt won the first set handily, by a score of 25-12, Southeast turned the tables in game two, coming back to win 25-17.
With the match locked at a game apiece, the Cubs survived a rally by the Lancers to coast to a 25-13 win.
Game three began with the Cubs scoring the first six points to go up 6-0, but the Lancers answered with five consecutive points to cut the deficit to 7-6.
The run included a block and a kill by Bailee Ulery and a pair of kills from Saydi Sullivan and Sailor Jackson.
Winning by just one point, the Cubs went on to outscore Southeast 12-3 to extend the lead to 19-9, before capping off the win with a 6-3 run.
“This is a season that felt really short,” White said. “I think we started reaching our potential near the end. We would have liked to have one more week, but we don’t have it. I’m proud of these girls from where we came from.”
Ulrey was the offensive leader, with six kills, five digs, four digs and one ace.
Jackson held down the fort on defense, with 13 digs, three kills, two assists and one ace.
The Lancers started the day by defeating Riverton in two sets by scores of 25-7 and 25-20.
In round two, SHS knocked off Northeast 2-0 by scores of 25-14 and 25-16.
Before falling in the second round, the Vikings swept Galena 2-0 by scores of 25-8 and 25-12.
“I thought it was a good day, our girls fought hard,” NHS head coach Russ Cramer said. “We played hard, but we missed a couple plays and Southeast played well. Overall, I was proud of our girls and proud of their effort.”
The Vikings finished with a 25-11 record this season.
-- Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @jbuckamneer.