OSWEGO — St. Mary’s Colgan volleyball breezed through the first two rounds of the Kansas Class 2A Sub-State Tournament on Saturday, but lost in the championship round to Oswego in three sets to put an end to a winning season.
The Panthers followed up back-to-back wins by taking the first set in the championship game 25-14, but the Indians regrouped and took the next two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-17 to win the match.
“We started out playing really well, but Oswego is a good team and they started reading us,” SMC head coach Cathy Oplotnik said. “We tried to hit, but they would dig us up. It was a very disappointing loss, but they’re a good team. It’s always tough, we haven’t known what it’s like to lose in sub-state the last couple of years, and it’s always tough for the seniors, as it’s their last game and losing it — it’s very tough on our girls.”
Grace VanBecelaere was the offensive catalyst, notching 12 kills.
CJ Stockard was also playing well, recording six assists and three aces.
Prior to game three, the Panthers coasted to two victories over Pleasonton in round one and Uniontown in round two.
In game one, SMC swept Pleasonton in two sets, both by scores of 25-10.
Colgan went on to sweep Uniontown 2-0 by scores of 25-8 and 25-19.
“When I look at the entire season, I feel like our girls have really come together,” Oplotnik said. “At the beginning of the season, we struggled a little bit with continuity, but I think we exceeded some expectations. Our girls played really well together and we had a good year overall.”
-- Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @jbuckamneer.