GIRARD — It was a good road trip for the St. Mary’s-Colgan High School volleyball team, as the Panthers swept Girard and Frontenac in two sets, while the Trojans went on to earn the split with a 2-0 win over the Raiders.
Prior to the final game, the Trojans took time to honor their three seniors.
The Girard seniors are Shaylun Grosstephan, Sydnee Crain and Maleah Sandy.
“We have a very strong senior class this year,” GHS head coach Morgan Crawford said. “They’ve carried the team with their leadership and their play on the floor. They’re very positive and wonderful players who are very coachable. It will be a big loss for us when they graduate, but we have a lot of up-and-coming players we’re excited about too.”
PANTHERS SWEEP TROJANS AND RAIDERS
Colgan hit the ground running with a win over Girard (25-22, 25-10) and kept the momentum going with a win over Frontenac (25-11, 25-17).
“Those were two really good wins tonight,” SMC head coach Cathy Oplotnik said. “We were a completely different team than we were against Riverton on Saturday. I think our girls played well and very smart against Girard. Against Frontenac, we started attacking them right out of the gate. I’m very excited for our girls. This is a good way to get ready for our upcoming games in sub-state.”
Against Girard, Kenzie Venneman was the offensive catalyst with six kills.
Millie Stockard also had a big hand in the win, recording seven digs, eight assists and one ace.
In the win over Frontenac, Stockard had eight kills, nine assists and one dig.
Kaitlin Crossland contributed five kills and one dig.
GIRARD SETTLES FOR SPLIT
After dropping the first game to Colgan (25-22, 25-10), the Trojans bounced back with a win over the Raiders (25-19, 25-23).
“I thought we came out really strong against Colgan in the first set, but just couldn’t pull it out in the end,” Crawford said. “But overall, we played much better than we did the first time we played against them. Against Frontenac, we knew they were going to be another tough team, but we came out and played very consistent volleyball. We’ve been working on weathering the storm and not getting down on ourselves, and I think we saw that in the last game. We pushed through even though we were down in both sets and came out with a good win.”
RAIDERS DROP TWO
Things didn’t go as well for the Raiders, who left Girard with two losses.
Frontenac began the night with a loss to SMC (25-11, 25-17) and concluded it with a loss to the Trojans (25-19, 25-23).
“It was just disappointing,” FHS head coach Cassie Rhuems said. “We just didn’t show up. I saw some good things in the game against Colgan, and in the second game, I thought we did a lot of things better than we did on Saturday. We just get to a point in the game where we just stop playing and you can’t do that. We’re missing emotion, we’re missing leadership and we’re missing the guts to want the ball in your hand and to want to put the ball down.”
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.