WELLSVILLE — The Lady Eagles were one set away from claiming back-to-back home tournament championships this season.
Eudora clipped the Wellsville High School volleyball team 22-25, 25-22, 25-18 in Saturday’s championship match of the WHS Tournament. After winning its pre-season home tournament in late August, Wellsville settled for second place with a 3-2 record.
The Lady Eagles went 2-1 in pool play, beating Anderson County 25-15, 25-20 and Bishop Seabury 25-22, 25-21, while falling in a close one to rival Santa Fe Trail 25-17, 12-25, 25-23. WHS then topped Baldwin 25-22, 25-22 to advance to the championship match.
Madie McCoy, junior, led the offense with 44 total kills and eight aces. Seniors Grace Showalter and Ally Newhouse had big days. Showalter finished with a 96 serving percentage and 81 assists. Newhouse was a perfect 100 percent serving and had 66 digs. Jadyn Troutman, sophomore, finished with 28 kills and 11 service aces.
Wellsville (16-9) plays starting 4:30 p.m. today at the Osawatomie Triangular with Prairie View.
Inconsistency plagued the West Franklin High School volleyball team in Wellsville Saturday. The team went 1-2 in pool play, beating Osawatomie 25-14, 25-17, but losing close matches to Baldwin 25-23, 25-20 and eventual champion Eudora 25-16, 23-25, 25-15. In the fifth-place match, the Lady Falcons evened up their tournament record with a sweep of Santa Fe Trail 25-23, 25-22.
“Most of our day was spent trying to overcome unforced errors,” Angie Corwine, WFHS head volleyball coach, said. “We couldn’t get any kind of rhythm established due to our inconsistent play. I was proud of the girls for finding a way to win that last match especially after not reaching our goal of making it to the semi-finals.”
Against Santa Fe Trail, freshman Jenna Walters helped her team overcome a five-point deficit in the first set. Down 23-18, Walters served two aces in a 7-0 Falcon run to claim the set and the momentum. Walters had 24 digs, 19 kills and 12 aces on the day.
Corwine praised her libero Sami Randall, sophomore, and defensive specialist Medow Watts, senior, for their efforts. Randall led the team with 39 digs and had a 2.14 serve receive average. Watts led the team with a 2.43 serve receive average and 15 digs. Kamryn Prouty, senior, led the offense with 33 kills, and Brooke Flory, junior, had 23. Ainsley Corwine, sophomore, finished with 87 assists, 15 digs, eight aces and seven kills.
West Franklin (15-8) hosts Lyndon 5 p.m. today on Senior Night and Dig Pink Night.