WELLSVILLE – The Lady Eagles are back at state once again.
A three-match sweep at its home sub-state tournament propelled the Wellsville High School volleyball team to a state berth, where they will play starting Friday in pool play. WHS (29-11) is the eight-seed and will play top-seeded Hays-TMP-Marian (38-2) 9:30 a.m. Friday. Following that match, Wellsville plays 10:30 a.m. against fourth-seeded Cheney (34-5), and 12:30 p.m. against fifth-seeded Beloit (34-5). All 3A state matches take place at White Auditorium in Emporia. Wellsville will play on Court A.
“It’s a brand new season at state,” Eric Evans, WHS head volleyball coach, said. “Everybody has a 0-0 record.”
The Lady Eagles dominated sub-state, not allowing an opponent to score more than 16 points in a set. They beat McLouth 25-11, 25-7 in the first round match, then topped West Franklin 25-12, 25-11 in the semifinals. Wellsville won handily over Perry-Lecompton in the championship match, 25-14, 25-16.
“It was a great day for the girls and the support that was shown for this team was incredible,” Evans said.
Jordan Stringfield led the offensive charge with 33 kills. She added three stuff blocks. Grace Newhouse had 26 kills. Grace Showalter had a double-double with 32 assists and 27 digs. Madie McCoy added 31 assists and three stuff blocks.
The Lady Falcons couldn’t get past Wellsville in the semifinal match Saturday, but still ended 2017 witha winning record. West Franklin beat Jayhawk-Linn in its first round sub-state match at WHS 20-25, 25-20, 25-20. Jayhawk-Linn got up 18-13 in the first set, and the Lady Falcons cut it to 22-20 before falling 25-20.
“The girls fought hard in the first set which set the tone for the next two sets that we won, “Angie Corwine, WFHS head volleyball coach, said. “Brooke Flory came alive in the second and third sets for us, so our game plan was to get her the ball until they stopped her, which they didn’t.”
The team lost senior leader Kirsten Hoyt in the final set against Jayhawk-Linn to a knee injury, and had to play without her in the semifinal match.
“We got down early, and we were never in it,” Corwine said. “Wellsville is a very good team, and we didn’t respond well to their speed and offensive power.”
West Franklin ended the season 20-18.