WELLSVILLE — The Lady Eagles put on a dominant showing in front of their home crowd to kick off the fall season. The Wellsville High School volleyball team went undefeated (5-0) to claim its host tournament championship Saturday at WHS, 602 Walnut St., Wellsville.

“It was fun to watch how the team battled, especially in the championship game when it could’ve gone either way,” Eric Evans, WHS head volleyball coach, said. “I’m so proud of the team and the way they played throughout the day, and I feel like this set the tone for the rest of our season.”

Wellsville was unranked in the Kansas Volleyball Association’s preseason rankings, but proved those wrong by not dropping a set in five matches, including the championship match against No. 2-ranked Burlington.

The team beat Prairie View 25-8, 25-5; Waverly 25-22, 25-14 and Rossville 25-14, 25-17 in pool play to advance to the semifinals. There they downed 4A opponent Baldwin 25-17, 25-12, and stifled Burlington in the title match 25-20, 25-23.

Madie McCoy, senior, led the team with 27 kills, 21 assists and 15 service aces. Fellow senior Grace Showalter had 39 assists and a 96 serving percentage. Jaydn Troutman, sophomore, and Kyleigh Crist, senior, had 13 kills apiece.

Wellsville (5-0) plays Sept. 6 in Olathe against Heritage Christian and Paola.