In support of breast cancer awareness, Pittsburg High School was a sea of pink Tuesday night. Pittsburg, Columbus and Fort Scott volleyball players all looked pretty in their pink uniforms, but proved that to “fight like a girl” means to bring intense volleyball action.

In support of breast cancer awareness, Pittsburg High School was a sea of pink Tuesday night. Pittsburg, Columbus and Fort Scott volleyball players all looked pretty in their pink uniforms, but proved that to “fight like a girl” means to bring intense volleyball action.

The Pittsburg Dragons first met with the Columbus Titans, who had lost their first game to Fort Scott (9-25, 10-25). Senior Skyler Muff put the first Dragon point on the board with a kill, and then a block kill soon after. Muff totalled six kills and two block kills in the first set; eight kills and four block kills total.

“All of our seniors hit really well,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said.

Senior Erin Duncan had three kills in the first set, which helped bring the Dragons to a 25-12 end.

The second set was the time to shine for juniors Alaura Short and Lizzy Willis, who had multiple back to back aces and kills. A kill from Willis would be followed by an ace from short over and over again, leaving the Titans in the dust with nine points. Short gained seven aces in that run, and Lizzy Willis mirrored her with seven kills during that run, ending the set 25-9. Lizzy Willis had 10 kills total, and Short also had 11 assists agaist Columbus. Mercedes Vogel had 8 assists in the game.

Coming off their victory over Columbus, the Pittsburg Dragons then faced Fort Scott, who gave the Dragons a tough run for their money.

“Fort Scott is a good, solid team. We’ve played them twice and beat them twice, but it is hard to beat a team three times,” Packard said.  

Fort Scott took an early lead, but a missed serve gave Pittsburg their first point, 1-6. Fort Scott senior Mallory Shelton proved to be a force to be reckoned with, killing the ball from the net and acing it from the service line. The Tigers kept their lead over the Dragons up until the end, where a tricky ball skimming the net dropped into Tiger territory, giving Pittsburg their first lead at 24-23. Senior Ashley Willis ended it 25-23 for the Dragons with a strongside kill.

Fort Scott took the first lead in the second set aswell, but a kill from Muff turned things around for the Dragons, and they kept that much needed momentum for the rest of the game. Muff totalled the game with six kills.  Senior Morgan Rhue stepped up her game in the second set, with four kills for the Dragons, seven total for the night.

“She was on fire,” Packard said.

Pittsburg appeared to have a victory in the bag, but floaters served up by Fort Scott’s Maddi Allen helped the Tigers claw their way back.

“They (Fort Scott) really mixed it up, their serves were dropping short, which we had trouble with, and our defense specialists (Megan Burdick and Andie Casper) were all over the place trying to get after the ball. And although they weren’t successful with all of them, it was enough to set us up to do something with it,” Packard said.  
Pittsburg and Fort Scott fans alike were on their feet at the 24-24 score, but a Fort Scott error and then a Lizzy Willis kill (Willis totalled six kills) sealed the deal for the Dragons, finishing the game 26-24.

Seniors Erin Duncan and Ashley Willis also added to the success of the Dragons with two kills each. Setters Alaura Short and Mercedes Vogel had 11 and 12 assists respectively.

“We have always preached that it is not just one person; everyone has to contribute. I’ve said it before, but that is what works for us. When we do that, and everybody is on, that is when we play our best,” Packard said.  

Pittsburg will face Chanute and Labette County next week.