Indians swept at Lawrence

By Grant Guggisberg

Coming off a disappointing finish Saturday at its only home tournament of the year, the Manhattan High volleyball team knew Tuesday’s quad at Lawrence wouldn’t get any easier.

The Indians were competitive all night, but ultimately went 0-3 at the quad, losing to Lawrence (17-25, 25-18, 25-20), Washburn Rural (25-21, 25-19) and Hayden (28-26, 25-21).

MHS coach Lisa Kinderknecht was pleased with her team’s competitiveness against three tough teams, but wants to see them get to the point where they win.

“I was proud of them because we never really played timid,” she said. “I felt as though we played to win against these teams, we just aren’t getting over the hump.”

That marks an improvement over Saturday, when the Indians weren’t as competitive against the top teams at the Manhattan Invitational.

“I felt like we really battled and played hard in a very noisy atmosphere, but to me it was fun,” Kinderknecht said. “It generated a lot of energy. Since I’ve been coach, we’ve never played at Lawrence. I just really wish for the girls that we could find a way to get over the top so they can feel that success.”

Allie Massanet led the way in digs with 41 on the night, with Aubrey Jung logging 66 assists. Kaci Cink led with 24 kills, with Kayla Shields right behind at 16 kills. Jessie Kujawa finished with five solo blocks.

Manhattan came out and played well against Lawrence in the opening match, something it hasn’t done much of this season. MHS won the first set, but got down early in the second. Manhattan managed to come back and make the score close, but Lawrence finished it off and took the match in three.

Against Rural, the Indians played well, but made just enough mistakes to keep them from toppling the top team in 6A.

“Against Washburn Rural, we played pretty darn well,” Kinderknecht said. “We hung with them. They gave us some points on some missed serves, and we missed some serves. We’ve been working on that and trying to focus, but we just miss serves at crucial times when we have momentum and then we give it right back.

“We just never put a full match together, and it was too bad because we played pretty well against Washburn Rural.”

Against Hayden, Manhattan battled hard in both sets but came up short.

“They should have found out tonight that we can play with anybody,” Kinderknecht said. “We just need to learn to dig down deep and not just be happy to play with them, but know we’re capable of beating them.

“We can’t just keep accepting the losses, because there comes a time when it ends your season.”

Manhattan is done with tournaments for the year, but travels to Junction City for a triangular on Tuesday before sub-state on Oct. 20.

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