Manhattan High’s freshman volleyball team played up a level in the Junction City junior varsity tournament over the weekend, placing third against the squads from participating schools.
Manhattan lost its opening set of pool play to Salina Central, 25-11. The Indians bounced back with a 26-24 set win against the Mustangs in the second set and rolled through the third, 25-8, to secure the win.
Alessandra Porres had stellar match, winning 11 points on serve. Hailey Vardiman won eight points on serve, too.
Manhattan (5-2-1) had to sweep Topeka High in its next match to get a spot in bracket play. The Indians got it done, winning 25-17, 25-14. Ava Reese had eight points, Vardiman seven and Josie Mehl provided six.
Manhattan struggled to open bracket play, falling into a 10-0 hole after Shawnee Heights’ first serve. Manhattan traded points the remainder of the set to lose 25-15. The second set was much closer, but the Indians couldn’t break through, losing 25-21. Mollie Burns, Avery Larson and Grace Bannister had solid matches.
Manhattan claimed third place by defeating Chapman 25-20, 25-20. Olivia Payne and Reese both served nine points. Burns served five.
The Manhattan freshman squad travels to Junction City on Tuesday to play Hayden, Topeka West and Junction City.