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MHS 4th at home volleyball invite

By Grant Guggisberg

For the second time this season, the Manhattan High volleyball team went undefeated in pool play during a Saturday tournament to earn a top seed in bracket play.

And for the second time this season, the Indians lost their edge and took fourth.

Hosting their annual tournament, Manhattan finished 3-0 in their pool, including a big win against Shawnee Heights, to get to pool play against Olathe East, but lost in three sets, 16-25, 25-20, 25-19 before losing in the third-place match to Shawnee Heights, 25-18, 25-18.

The Indians did good things in pool play, starting the day with a 25-19, 25-10 win over Topeka High followed by a 25-14, 25-18 over Junction City. They beat Shawnee Heights 30-28, 25-20 to win their pool in what was easily the most satisfying win of the day.

“They’re a good team,” Manhattan coach Lisa Kinderknecht said. “They have a 6-foot-4 freshman middle, who’s as athletic and dominating as any freshman I’ve seen in a long time.”

Manhattan had to play through the bracket without libero Matty Mahan, who missed the last two matches of the day because of a concussion, with Erika Hairgrove taking her place.

“Erika came in and did a nice job,” Kinderknecht said. “But it’s just like anything else — it’s always hard when you lose someone whose been out there all season.”

Mahan still led the way with 27 digs despite missing the final two matches. Aubrey Jung and Savannah Roberts each had 21 digs, with Kenzie Miller adding 19. Hairgrove and Goralczyk each had five aces, while Jung added four on the day. Jung finished with 102 assists today.

Kelsey Schroll led in kills and blocks on the day, with 27 kills and 10 solo blocks and two assist-blocks. Lauren Goralczyk had 26 kills, Jessie Kujawa had 24, Kaci Cink had 21 and Michaela Braun finished with 13 kills on a day when everyone stayed involved in the offense.

Braun had six solo blocks, Kujawa had five solo blocks and Cink and Goralczyk each had four solos.

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