Varsity Volleyball

State volleyball recap: A pair of Wichita area powers return to the semifinals

Goddard’s Abbie Medbery
Goddard’s Abbie Medbery The Wichita Eagle

Two of the Wichita area’s best volleyball teams are heading back to the state semifinals.

Goddard and Cheney have five combined semifinal appearances over the past four years, including 2019. Here is how they got there:

Mother-daughter title hopes still alive

The story has been told, but that doesn’t mean it’s old.

Garden Plain coach Gina Clark and her daughter, Andale coach Kaylie Bergkamp, helped their teams into the Class 2A and 4A state volleyball semifinals, respectively, Friday. Garden Plain and Andale are favorites to bring home the state trophies.

2018 was Bergkamp’s first season at Andale. She was named All-Metro Coach of the Year for helping the Indians to the 4A semis and falling a set short of the title match.

Across the state, her mom won her third state championship as leader of the Owls.

Friday, mother and daughter took the first steps toward what is believed to be a first in the history of Kansas high school volleyball: Two titles from the same family in the same season.

In Class 4A at Hutchinson, Andale had one hiccup but otherwise breezed through its pool. The Indians started with a 25-10, 25-19 hammering of Louisburg, the team that knocked them out of the semifinals last year. Andale was taken to three sets against Nickerson but won 25-19, 26-28, 25-16.

And in the final pool play match across all classifications in Kansas, starting at 10:53 p.m., Andale beat Holton 25-11, 25-13.

Out in Dodge City at the Class 2A tournament, Garden Plain had a similar day.

The Owls went to three sets in their first two matches against No. 1 seed St. Mary’s Colgan and Valley Heights but beat Colgan 25-20, 15-25, 25-19 and edged Valley Heights 25-22, 21-25, 25-20.

Andale and Garden Plain will be the No. 1 seeds out of their pools heading into the semifinals.

For Andale, Wichita area rival Circle awaits. Circle beat Eudora and Independence but lost to Topeka Hayden in Pool B.

For Garden Plain, it’s a date with Spearville, a team that is making its first state tournament appearance since 2014.

Goddard roars again

Since 2014, no team in the Wichita area has more Class 5A semifinal appearances at the Kansas high school volleyball tournament.

Goddard is going back to Day 2 at state for the second time in three years after going 2-1 in Class 5A pool play. The Lions had a chance to miss out, even with the two wins, but AVCTL II rival Maize South clinched its spot with a loss to pool winner Lansing.

Goddard went 0-2 against Maize South during the regular season, including a three-set loss on the first day of the season. But when the Lions got to state, they turned it on.

Goddard beat Maize South in its first match 25-21, 25-14. That sealed their spot, but the Lions didn’t know it yet. After a 25-12, 25-22 loss to Lansing, Goddard needed to beat Andover to finish the day.

Goddard won the first set 25-17 but dropped the second 25-23. A loss in the third set would have potentially sent the Lions home, but senior Kade Hackerott came through with the game-winning kill for a 25-22 win.

Goddard went 3-2 against Maize South in the regular season but lost two of its final three to the Trojans. In fact, Goddard went 5-3 over its final eight matches. Coach Marianne Mooney said playing Andover and Bishop Carroll helped establish a state mentality.

“Sometimes it’s easy to get to where you’re ahead and you don’t think you actually have to fight hard,” Mooney said. “I think those state qualifying teams late in the season really helped us today.”

This is just Mooney’s second season at Goddard. She wasn’t there when the Lions made the semifinals in 2017, but she said she has a better understanding of her players this season, and that is the biggest reason they are back in the final four.

Goddard will face two-time defending champion St. James Academy in the semifinal round. A win over the Thunder (39-2) would mean the Lions’ first trip to the state championship match in at least a decade.

“These seniors are definitely a really special group,” Mooney said. “I feel really privileged to have been able to work with them.”

Cheney flies into old foe

For the third time in four years, Cheney is back.

After a year out of the Class 3A state tournament, the Cardinals are heading into day 2 and the state semifinals. Cheney lost its first set in the opening match of the tournament but rattled off four straight set wins to finish second in Pool A.

Cheney started against Phillipsburg, the No. 5 seed in Class 3A. The Cardinals lost the first set 25-21 but bounced back.

Cheney won back-to-back sets, 25-11, 27-25, to earn the win. The Cards followed it up with another match victory over Burlington, who went winless, 25-14, 25-13.

The Cardinals will face the top finisher out of Pool B, Royal Valley, in the state semifinals. Some of the players will enter Day 2 with added motivation as Royal Valley beat Cheney in the championship game of the Class 3A girls basketball tournament last year.

Royal Valley is 37-6 after winning all three matches on the first day. Cheney enters the second day 33-9 after dropping its final game to Beloit 25-18, 25-23.

Class 6A

Pool A

Blue Valley def. Blue Valley North 25-17, 25-18

Garden City def. Lawrence Free State 25-13, 25-20

Blue Valley def. Lawrence Free State 25-14, 25-16

Blue Valley North def. Garden City 25-15, 25-21

Blue Valley North def. Lawrence Free State 25-19, 25-17

Blue Valley def. Garden City 25-17, 31-29

Pool B

Derby def. Shawnee Mission Northwest 29-27, 25-23

Washburn Rural def. Gardner-Edgerton 27-25, 25-19

Gardner-Edgerton def. Derby 25-19, 23-25, 25-19

Washburn Rural def. Shawnee Mission Northwest 25-15, 25-17

Shawnee Mission Northwest def. Gardner-Edgerton 25-22, 22-25, 25-18

Washburn Rural def. Derby 25-21, 25-16

Class 5A

Pool A

Lansing def. Andover 25-22, 25-15

Goddard def. Maize South 25-21, 25-14

Lansing def. Goddard 25-12, 25-22

Maize South def. Andover 25-19, 23-25, 25-22

Goddard def. Andover 25-17, 22-25, 25-22

Lansing def. Maize South 25-15, 25-17

Pool B

St. James Academy def. Bishop Carroll 25-18, 25-14

St. Thomas Aquinas def. Spring Hill 25-19, 25-16

St. James Academy def. St. Thomas Aquinas 25-19, 25-12

Spring Hill def. Bishop Carroll 25-20, 25-21

St. Thomas Aquinas def. Bishop Carroll 25-16, 25-12

St. James Academy def. Spring Hill 25-16, 25-13

Class 4A

Pool A

Nickerson def. Holton 25-22, 21-25, 25-23

Andale def. Louisburg 25-10, 25-19

Louisburg def. Holton 26-24, 23-25, 25-20

Andale def. Nickerson 25-19, 26-28, 25-16

Louisburg def. Nickerson 19-25, 25-10, 25-20

Andale def. Holton 25-11, 25-13

Pool B

Circle def. Eudora 25-19, 25-22

Topeka Hayden def. Independence 25-16, 25-13

Topeka Hayden def. Circle 25-12, 25-19

Eudora def. Independence 25-20, 25-17

Topeka Hayden def. Eudora 25-18, 17-25, 25-12

Circle def. Independence 25-18, 22-25, 25-16

Class 3A

Pool A

Cheney def. Phillipsburg 21-25, 25-11, 27-25

Beloit def. Burlington 25-14, 25-15

Cheney def. Burlington 25-14, 25-13

Beloit def. Phillipsburg 25-12, 25-23

Phillipsburg def. Burlington 25-15, 25-21

Beloit def. Cheney 25-18, 25-23

Pool B

Royal Valley def. Silver Lake 25-23, 25-21

Nemaha Central def. Frontenac 31-29, 25-20

Royal Valley def. Nemaha Central 23-25, 25-17, 25-18

Silver Lake def. Frontenac 25-18, 22-15, 25-5

Silver Lake def. Nemaha Central 25-23, 25-20

Royal Valley def. Frontenac 25-16, 25-10

Class 2A

Pool A

Valley Heights def. Smith Center 25-13, 25-22

Garden Plain def. St. Mary’s Colgan 25-20, 15-25, 25-19

Garden Plain def. Valley Heights 25-22, 21-25, 25-20

St. Mary’s Colgan def. Smith Center 24-26, 25-19, 25-22

Garden Plain def. Smith Center 25-19, 25-13

Valley Heights def. St. Mary’s Colgan 17-25, 25-21, 25-23

Pool B

Wabaunsee def. Belle Plaine 25-20, 25-18

Spearville def. Jefferson County North 25-12, 25-23

Wabaunsee def. Jefferson County North 26-24, 25-19

Spearville def. Belle Plaine 25-20, 23-25, 25-20

Belle Plaine def. Jefferson County North 25-20, 25-20

Wabaunsee def. Spearville 29-27, 25-23

Class 1A

Pool A

Minneola def. Olpe 25-23, 25-23

Rural Vista def. Victoria 25-20, 25-17

Minneola def. Victoria 22-25, 25-23, 25-22

Rural Vista def. Olpe 25-18, 27-25

Olpe def. Victoria 25-15, 25-19

Rual Vista def. Minneola 25-17, 25-9

Pool B

Cunningham def. Clifton-Clyde 25-23, 29-27

Central Plains def. Chetopa 25-11, 25-13

Central Plains def. Cunningham 25-17, 25-23

Clifton-Clyde def. Chetopa 25-19, 25-11

Central Plains def. Clifton-Clyde 25-21, 25-12

Cunningham def. Chetopa 25-19, 25-16

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