The Spearville Lancers girls volleyball team continued its fierce start to the season, beating all three opponents at the Dodge City quad Tuesday night.
The Lancers beat Great Bend in three, losing the first set 24-26 before winning 25-15 and 25-18. They then beat Dodge City in straight sets by scores of 25-23, 25-18 before needing three sets to beat Kiowa County, winning 25-17, 20-25 and 25-12.
Lancers head coach Syble Thompson said the team still has work to do.
"The first thing I'll say is a coach is never satisfied," Thompson said. "I guess I'm their biggest fan and I probably expect the most out of them. I want us to be all-around good, and I want us (to have good) blocking. Our blocking wasn't where I wanted it to be today, our defense wasn't where I wanted it to be today, so I think those are the two things that I really want to focus on."
Coaches always want more, Thompson said, and with a really young setter and an experienced setter, she said she would like them to utilize the team's hitters.
"I think I have more than just two hitters," Thompson said. "Ehlaina (Hartman) she pretty much dominates when she goes up and hits the ball and I would for us to have other options, so I think that's one of the things that we want to work on too is using those options we have."
Spearville is next in action Sept. 11 when they host a quad at Spearville against Hodgeman County, South Gray and LaCrosse.
Red Demons head coach Ashley Podschun said she was disappointed in the way the team came out in their home-opener.
The Red Demons finished 1-2 Tuesday night, beating Kiowa County in three sets by scores 23-25, 25-15, 25-18 before losing 23-25 and 18-25 to Spearville then losing to Great Bend 20-25, 20-25.
"It was nice to be in front of our home crowd, the problem is I didn't feel like we played up to our capability," Podschun said. "We've played lot better this year already, so (I'm) a little disappointed in the way we came out and showed our home crowd kind of a new us because it really wasn't us today."
The Red Demons host Hays, Lakin and Sublette Thursday. Start time is scheduled for 4 p.m. for the varsity team.
The Panthers had a mixed-result kind of night. They lost 26-24, 15-25 and 18-25 to Spearville, then beat Kiowa County 26-24 and 25-21 before beating Dodge City 25-20 and 25-20.
It was a tough night for the Kiowa County Mavericks, who went 0-3 Tuesday night.
They lost to Dodge City in three sets, then lost to Great Bend in straight sets, then lost to Spearville.
Playing the type of competition they faced in Dodge City should help the Mavericks, head coach Randy Fulton said.
"That's what I told the girls, I said 'we don't like doing 0-3, but playing that type of a team is good for us," Fulton said.
He said he told the players that while he doesn't like losing, there were moments the team did certain things well.
Th Mavericks head to Kinsley where they take on Minneola, Kinsey and Meade Sept. 11.