Indians beat Silver Lake, takes 3rd

By The Mercury

After sweeping their home opener Tuesday, the Manhattan Indians took their game to Topeka Hayden and finished third in a tournament filled with quality teams from the area Saturday.

The Indians beat Silver Lake 25-17, 25-22, to finish in third place at the tournament. Manhattan finished 2-1 in pool play, beating Wichita Bishop Carroll in two sets, 25-21, 25-21 and Topeka High 25-17, 25-14, before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas 18-25, 25-15, 25-16.

“We played Aquinas and came out and played in my opinion the best volleyball we’ve played all year,” MHS head coach Lisa Kinderknecht said. “But somehow, we had a letdown and struggled with the pass a little bit and regrouping, because Aquinas came out hungry in that second set. We couldn’t get in sync. We couldn’t get in system very well and it affected us.”

Manhattan lost to host Topeka Hayden in the semifinals 25-22, 25-18, to earn a spot in the third-place match against Silver Lake. Hayden went on to lose to Aquinas 25-13, 25-19 in the championship match.

“We played Hayden in the semifinal and we were right there the whole first set and we just couldn’t put them away,” Kinderknecht said. “We didn’t take them out of system. We struggled with our blocks. They basically ran a lot of quick sets and we struggled getting to the block.”

Allie Massanet led the team with 53 digs on the day. Lauren Goralcyzk and Kaci Cink tied for the lead in kills with 25 each. Goralcyzk and Kelsey Schroll led with nine and eight solo blocks, respectively.

Aubrey Jung led with 94 assists.

Overall, Kinderknecht said she was pleased with the progress her team made at the tournament.

“We just couldn’t get it together against Hayden, but they came back and got the job done and finished on a win,” she said. “Overall, we had a really good tournament and saw a lot of good things.”

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