Another home volleyball meet, another sweep for the Manhattan High volleyball team.
Hosting Topeka West, Concordia and Topeka High on Tuesday, Manhattan won handily in all three of its matches while moving to 12-6 on the season.
The Indians opened against West, winning 25-6, 25-8 before beating Concordia 25-15, 25-15 and finishing against Topeka High, winning 25-13, 25-13.
“We played really well overall,” Manhattan head coach Lisa Kinderknecht said. “The serves were good and I think the girls had fun. We were able to get some people some playing time in different positions, and it’s always fun at home to do that.”
After defeating West in a quick two-set match, the team had a long layover before playing Concordia, as the Panthers and Topeka High went to three sets in the other gym. The Trojans beat Concordia in a hard-fought match, pitting the deflated Panthers against a well-rested Manhattan team the next match.
“I felt like we were really on,” Kinderknecht said. “We played Concordia right after they had a tough loss to Topeka High that went to three. And we had been sitting for an hour after our first match.
“I was proud of them staying focused, especially after the first match when they could have lost focus. They stepped it up tonight and they were fun to watch. They’re really coming together as a team and all the girls I called on to play a different position tonight did a really good job. The 12 that we have, I don’t hesitate to put any of them in, in any situation, so we’re very lucky in that manner.”
Ending the night against the Trojans, Manhattan played its best volleyball of the night in what was billed as its toughest match.
“Against Topeka High, I think we were really on,” Kinderknecht said. “We had good passes — if you give Aubrey a good pass, I’m pretty confident in her ability to put it where the hitters like it. They were putting it down tonight. Lauren (Goralczyk) really had a stellar night.”
Goralczyk had 21 kills on the night to lead the team, with Jessie Kujawa adding 15. Aubrey Jung finished with 57 assists.
The Indians served well, with Matty Mahan finishing the night with eight aces and Madi Fief adding five aces. Defensively, Mahan had 18 digs and Fief had 10.
Looking forward, Manhattan goes back to Topeka this weekend for the Seaman Invitational. League foes Hayden and Seaman will be there, as well as rival Junction City.
“We’ve got to turn around and be ready to go,” Kinderknecht said, “because we’ve got some major competition coming up on Saturday at Seaman.”