Following a four-match win streak, the Ottawa High School volleyball team fell in three sets Monday and Tuesday.
Eudora crashed the party on Senior Night Tuesday at OHS, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa, with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-15 win over the Lady Cyclones (13-21). Despite the loss, it was a special night for the team’s four seniors — Payton Bruce, Rachel Wilcox, Juliet Lane and Alli Kerns — playing in their final regular season home match.
“They are a great group of kids,” Laura Jeannin, OHS head volleyball coach, said. “They are great leaders on the court. We are going to miss that leadership. It has been fun to see where they started and where they are at now. This group I’ve got to see progress. I can recall what they were like as freshmen and they made such huge gains. There are still gains to make. I think there are some things we can achieve in the next couple of weeks that will put us where we want to be.”
Ottawa gave Eudora (18-11) a good run in the first two sets.
“Eudora is a good team,” Jeannin said. “We knew they were going to come in and give us their best stuff. Those two [sets] could have gone either way. They made some plays down the stretch and we didn’t make plays down the stretch.”
Jeannin added it was good to see competitiveness out of the team following a pair of rough road losses Monday. The Lady Cyclones fell at the Basehor-Linwood triangular to Lawrence 25-6, 25-14 and Basehor-Linwood 25-11, 25-14. In those two matches combined, Ottawa tallied 19 kills to 26 attacking errors. Molly Olmsted, sophomore, led the team with 11 total kills. Kerns added 13 digs and Kirsten Evans, freshman, had 18 assists.
Ottawa plays 6:30 p.m. today at Piper High School, 4400 N. 107 St., Kansas City, Kansas.