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MHS sweeps through home quad

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High volleyball team got a lesson in patience Tuesday.

With a trio of two-set victories, it’s possible the Indians (11-5) spent more time goofing around on the court waiting to play than they did actually playing.

“It was kind of an odd night because we had a quick match with Topeka West and then had to sit over an hour,” MHS coach Lisa Kinderknecht said. “They had a great match on the other court between Topeka High and Concordia.”

When play finally resumed, the waiting worked out in Manhattan’s favor.

“I think we reaped the benefits, because I think Concordia was a little tired when they came over and a little downtrodden because they had lost,” she said. “So we had the rest tonight.”

After dispatching Concordia in two quick sets, 25-16, 25-12, the patience test continued, with Topeka West and Topeka High going to three sets.

When play resumed against Topeka High, things went quickly again for the Indians with a 25-14, 25-16 victory to sweep the team’s final home meet. The team will have Senior Day festivities at its home tournament on Oct. 6.

“We got to play a lot of people and they all did a great job,” she said. “Tonight was kind of like the last hurrah in terms of the night play. You can’t get seven seniors out on the court, but I think everybody saw some time.”

The Indians started the night with a 25-10, 25-11 win over Topeka West, but much like they have all season, got off to a slow start.

West led 9-7 in the first set, forcing Kinderknecht to call time out. The Indians then rattled off 14-straight points and ended the set on an 18-1 run.

“I wasn’t real happy because I didn’t feel like we were communicating, we were just flat,” she said. “But they came out and got it done.”

From there, the Indians played good volleyball all night, overmatching their opponents at the net with a solid blocking night from middle Lauren Goralczyk, who finished with 13 solo blocks.

Jessie Kujawa led with 15 kills on the night, while Allie Massanet finished with 26 digs, as well as three service aces. Kayla Shields also added three aces, while setter Aubrey Jung had 46 assists.

Kinderknecht said the slow starts have to stop, especially considering the level of competition they’ll soon be facing on a regular basis.

“I think when they kept coming back at us, we didn’t know what to do,” she said. “That’s something we can’t do, it doesn’t matter what team we play. We have a tendency to have let downs, and with the schedule that we’re forging into, we can’t afford to do that. We’re playing a really difficult schedule from here on out.”

In the night’s other games, Topeka High earned a pair of victories, beating Concordia (20-25, 25-22, 25-22) and Topeka West (20-25, 26-24, 25-13). Concordia beat Topeka West 25-18, 25-10 to go 1-2 on the night.

Manhattan travels to Topeka Seaman on Saturday for a tournament. While the pools haven’t been assigned, the first match is set for 8:30 a.m.

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