Area volleyball players are forces at net, ball handling

Greg Mast
The Ottawa Herald

Here are the gold medal performances of the week (Oct. 11-14):

Tuesday

Chloe Ecord, WF VB

Ecord controlled the offensive side of the net for the Falcons against Osage City. The setter moved the ball from side-to-side and kept the Indian net defense on its heels. She helped lead the Falcons to a sweep.

West Franklin junior setter Chloe Ecord moved the ball from hitter-to-hitter to keep the Osage City defenders on its heels.

Isabella Prouty, WF VB

Prouty’s net play grounded the Osage City offense. When she was not blocking, she forced hitting errors. On offense, Prouty was on target with her hits.

Rylee Smith, WF VB

Smith was a weapon at net offensively and defensively for the Falcons. Her quick hitting ability had the Indian defense out of kilter. Her presence on defense forced many hitting errors or easy balls to transition to the offense.

Sofia Ficken, OHS VB

Ficken’s net play led the Cyclones to a three-set sweep of Eudora. She had 10 kills and a team-best .350 hitting efficiency.

Emery Keebaugh, OHS VB

Keebaugh made her presence felt in several areas as Ottawa squared its record at 16-16. She had a team-best 15 kills, a .297 hitting efficiency, two aces an 9 digs.

Kirsten Evans, OHS VB

The all-state setter was on point in her ball-handling skills. She finished with a team-high 14 digs and 28 assists.

Aubree Coons, Wellsville VB

Coons took control of the net for Eagles in their split with Anderson County and Prairie View. She had 14 kills and 6 stuff blocks.

Lainey Farley, Wellsville VB

Farley made her presence felt all over the court. She finished with 10 kills and 20 digs.

Bethany Pearson, Wellsville VB

Pearson quarterbacked the offense. She had 37 assists for Wellsville (14-13, 8-2).

Monday

Erin Smith, OHS golf

Smith qualified for the 4A State Tournament with her performance at the regional. She finished in 14th with a 102. The state tourney will be played next week in Salina.

Aubrey Vasquez, OHS golf

Vasquez is making her third straight state appearance after taking 17th in the regional. The junior shot a 106.