Manhattan Volleyball

Manhattan sophomore middle blocker Bonnie Hegarty (21) digs the ball during last season's home match against Concordia. Hegarty and the Indians split two matches to open the 2019 season Tuesday.

Manhattan High volleyball opened its season splitting two matches in DeSoto on Tuesday. The Indians came out strong, defeating DeSoto 25-14, 25-20 in the first official match of the season.

Manhattan head coach Krista Schmitz said her team did a good job of controlling the pace early with consistent serves, sturdy defense and executed assists and kills. The second set was tighter after the Indians dropped five consecutive points from a strong DeSoto serving sequence.

Manhattan found itself down 19-14 at that point but fought its way back into the set to win the match.

Shawnee Heights got the best of Manhattan in the second match, Schmitz said, winning in two sets 25-19, 25-10.

“We still did things well,” Schmitz said. “But the game had given us room to grow. We know what we need to work on to become an even better team.”

Manhattan continues Saturday morning in Olathe, taking part in the Olathe South tournament.

The event begins at 9 a.m.