I was out at Garden Plain tonight for volleyball, specifically to see Cheney play the Owls. It was a great crowd — Cheney brought quite a few and even had some Cardinal Crazies there. Always have to like that. I’ve sat through way too many quiet volleyball venues to not appreciate it.
Cheney swept Garden Plain and also got some good news.
Cheney lost to Rose Hill in its season-opening quadrangular, but is 18-1 on the season. Despite losing Merissa Quick to an early injury — she was cleared today, which will make this team even tougher — and Hailey Twietmeyer missed nearly 3 weeks with an injury, but she appeared at full strength tonight.
It was good to see some teams I’ve never seen before, and I think Cheney might have a chance. Cheney was ranked last week as the No. 5 team in 4A, which is such a tough, tough class with Lenexa St. James ranked No. 1.
I also talked to Kapaun coach Terri Hessman tonight. Her team defeated Heights 25-19, 25-13, 25-20.
I’ll have a note on the Crusaders for next week’s volleyball notes. But I have to admit that I’m impressed with what Kapaun has done. When I saw the Crusaders play Carroll earlier, it was terrible. A three-game sweep and not a whole lot of life in Kapaun. Yes, Carroll’s talented, but that match had nothing of the emotion and atmosphere of every other BC-KMC match I’ve seen. Disappointing.
But Kapaun came right back and beat Carroll the following Saturday at the Valley Center tournament and then gets a quality win over Heights tonight.
It’s always dangerous to write off a team, and I try not to do that. Because it’s times like this that constantly remind me.
In other news from the night, here’s an update from Goessel:The Goessel Volleyball Team went 2-0 on Tuesday night at the Peabody Triangular. They beat Berean 25-22, 28-30, 25-15. They went on to beat Peabody 25-20, 25-19.Goessel’s league record improves to 6-3. Their overall record is now 21-6. They continue play next Tuesday at home against Little River and Sedgwick.Outstanding stats for the night include:Aspen Frey was 17 of 17 serving. Jessica Goertzen led in aces with 5. She also led in assists with 44. Karis Janzen led in kills with 16, followed by Aspen Frey with 11. Karis Janzen also led in blocks with 12. Aspen Frey led in digs with 15, followed by Karina Harvey with 10.
At Hillsboro,Hoisington defeated Haven 25-13, 25-16
Hillsboro defeated Hoisington 17-25, 25-18, 26-24
Hillsboro defeated Haven 25-11, 25-12Newton soccer beat Valley Center 2-0
Anyone want to talk about where they were tonight? What sporting event they saw?Feel free to fill us in — go as in-depth as you want.