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Great Bend finishes 3rd in WAC Tournament
Panthers play Hoisington Tuesday night
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Great Bend finished third in the Western Athletic Conference volleyball tournament at Great Bend. Garden City (5-0) and Hays High (4-1) finished first and second, and the Indians pushed the Indians to three sets.  
Great Bend will host their Senior Night Tuesday in at Great Bend High School against Hoisington. Matches start at 5 and 6 p.m. The Panthers will compete at Class 5A substate Saturday at Goddard Eisenhower and will likely be the No. 4 seed.
Great Bend defeated Dodge City, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-23 in a competitive first match.
Match Stats
Brittnee Barber, 1 ace, 6 digs, 33 assists; Baylee Beck, 22 digs, 2 kills; Kayln Blessing, 1 kill; Camryn Dunekack, 10 digs, 13 kills, 2 blocks; Morgan Kottas, 3 aces, 10 digs, 13 kills; Kaylan Lagerman, 4 digs, 1 kill, 1 block; Sarah Mauler, 3 digs; Kate Warren, 5 digs, 9 kills, 3 digs; Sidney Meitner, 3 digs, 3 blocks, 1 kill
“We started pretty slow, but got things going in the second set,” said Great Bend coach Kelsey Perry. “There is a lot of anticipation in a big tournament so once we settled down we were fine.”
Great Bend defeated Liberal, 25-24, 25-16.
“We struggled again to get off to a good start against the Redskins,” Perry said. “The key for us this match was winning the hustle plays. We got our serving under control and starting winning rallies which allowed us to take control.”
Great Bend lost to Garden City, 25-18, 25-23.
Match Stats
Barber, 10 digs, 17 assists; Beck, 1 ace, 10 digs, 2 assists; Blessing, 1 kill; Dunekack, 3 aces, 13 digs, 6 kills, 1 block; Lagerman, 1 kill; Mauler, 3 digs
Warren, 2 aces, 2 digs, 6 blocks, 9 kills; Meitner, 3 digs
“Garden has a big front row and that made us alter some attacks,” Perry said. “We couldn’t find holes against them and struggled to win rallies. Against good teams like them you can’t make many mistakes and we simply made too many to beat them.”
Match Stats
Barber, 1 ace, 6 digs, 18 assists; Beck, 2 aces, 20 digs, 1 assist, 2 kills; Blessing, 1 dig, 1 kill; Dunekack, 12 digs, 3 kills; Kottas, 1 ace, 8 digs, 1 assist, 6 kills; Kate Warren, 1 ace, 1 dig, 1 block; Meitner, 1 block
Great Bend lost to Hays 22-25, 25-10, 26-24. The Panthers won the first set and pushed the Indians in the decisive third set.
Match stats
Barber, 3 digs, 1 kill, 23 assists, 2 blocks; Beck, 21 digs; Blessing, 4 digs, 4 kills, 6 blocks; Dunekack, 1 ace, 22 digs, 6 kills; Jerke, 2 digs; Kottas, 13 digs, 8 kills, 2 blocks; Lagerman, 1 block; Mauler, 2 digs; Warren, 10 kills, 10 blocks
“We ran out of gas against Hays and tried to play not to lose instead of trying to win,” Perry said. “They are a great team and won some really long rallies to gain momentum we they needed it.

WAC Volleyball
tournament results
1st—Garden City, 4-0
2nd—Hays, 3-1
3rd—Great Bend, 2-2
4th—Liberal, 1-3
5th—Dodge City, 0-4
Garden City def. Hays, 25-19, 25-19; Garden City def. Great Bend 25-18, 25-23; Garden City def. Liberal 25-12, 25-15; Garden City def. Dodge City, 25-12, 25-14
Hays def. Great Bend 22-25, 25-10, 26-24; Hays def. Liberal, 25-19, 25-18; Hays def. Dodge City, 25-14, 25-8
Great Bend def. Liberal, 26-24, 25-16; Great Bend def. Dodge City, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23
Liberal def. Dodge City, 25-19, 23-25, 23-25