ARKANSAS CITY — For the first time in 13 years, the Pittsburg High School volleyball team punched its ticket to the state tournament by winning its Kansas Class 5A Arkansas City Sub-State Volleyball Tournament.

The Purple Dragons came away with a 23-25, 25-19 and 25-22 win over Liberal to start the day, before sweeping Maize by the scores of 27-25, 25-16 in the sub-state championship to earn a trip to the state tournament.

“The girls came to win today," Pittsburg head coach Megan Mantooth said. "We started off a little nervous, but once the girls settled into a rhythm, their confidence grew ... What made today great was every girl played their role for the team ... We all left tonight with happy hearts and no voice left."

Taylor Muff led the way for the Dragons in their three-set win over Liberal. She finished with a team-high 19 kills, while also leading the team defensively in digs, with seven. Muff had four blocks, tying with Kaydn Matlock for the team lead. Matlock finished with eight kills, while Cali Hudson and Lauren Hurt each had four.

Abbie Casper had 36 assists to lead the Dragons, while Kaitlyn Kidd had three kills and four blocks in the win.

In the sub-state championship, Pittsburg was led in kills by Muff once again, as she finished the match with 10.

Matlock added eight kills, while Casper had four and Hudson finished with three. Casper — who led the team in digs, with six, and assists, with 24 — and Hudson tied for the team high in blocks, with three each.

-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.