Concordia Volleyball Competes in Southeast of Saline Tournament

2023 Concordia High School Volleyball Team
2023 Concordia High School Volleyball Team

The Concordia High School Volleyball team played in the Southeast of Saline Tournament on Saturday, September 9th, ending the day with a 1-4 record.

The Panthers opened pool play losing to the defending Class 2A State Champions, the Hillsboro Trojans, 13-25, 25-17, 15-25.  Senior Callie Parker had 6 points with 1 ace, 7 kills and 2 blocks.  Junior Taylor McDaniel finished with 4 points with 1 ace, 7 kills and 9 digs.  Sophomore Baylen Arnold added 6 digs.  Sophomore Rylie Jessup posted 9 points with 2 aces and 13 digs.  Sophomore Charlize Cash turned in 5 digs and 4 kills.  Sophomore Kynlee Hamel also had 4 kills, 3 points with 1 ace and 1 block.  Junior Kenlee Williams added 3 kills and 1 block, while Senior Hattie Blackwood had 2 points and 2 digs.

Concordia then dropped a match in straight sets to the eventual tournament champions, the Beloit Trojans, 20-25, 16-25.  Cash led the way with 6 kills, 3 blocks and 2 digs.  Blackwood provided 5 points.  Hamel posted 2 points, 2 blocks, 3 kills and 1 dig.  Parker chipped in 2 points and 4 kills.  McDaniel notched 5 digs and 1 kill.  Jessup also had 5 digs, while Arnold finished with 2 points and 8 digs.

In their final match in pool play, the Panthers lost for the second time this season to the Smoky Valley Vikings, 23-25, 15-25.  Hamel led the effort with 6 points, 4 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 dig.  Arnold had 3 points with 1 ace and 4 digs.  Parker provided 2 points with 1 ace, 2 kills and 1 block.  Jessup picked up 3 digs and 1 point.  Blackwood finished with 3 points and 2 digs.   McDaniel notched 3 digs and 1 point.  Junior Carly Brown had 2 digs.  Williams turned in 2 kills and 1 block.  Cash added 1 kill and 1 block, while Freshman Jaylin Roush had 1 block. 

In bracket play, Concordia lost in straight sets to the Abilene Cowgirls, 17-25, 13-25.  Hamel led things with 8 kills, 2 points with 1 ace and 2 digs.  Cash finished with 5 points with 1 ace and 1 kill.  Arnold had 7 digs.  Parker posted 2 kills and 2 points.  McDaniel, Roush and Williams added 1 kill each.

The Panthers concluded the tournament with a win over the Salina South Cougars, 25-17, 25-18.  Parker led the way with 6 points with 1 ace, 5 kills and 3 blocks.  Hamel finished with 4 points, 2 kills and 4 digs.  Williams had 6 kills.  Cash added 4 kills.  Blackwood posted 6 points with 4 digs.  Jessup also had 4 digs to go with 2 points.  Arnold ended up with 5 points with 2 aces and 5 digs.  Junior Kinsleigh Bethune added 2 points.  Senior Madison Meyer provided 2 kills and 1 dig, while Roush finished with 3 kills and 1 block.

Concordia is off until Thursday, September 21st when they head to Chapman for a pair of North Central Kansas League matches with the Chapman Irish.