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Great Bend MS volleyball second at WAC tournament
GB middle vball
The Great Bend Middle School volleyball team features front row, Halle Latham, Kendyl Henning, Remi Ingram, Ryleigh Post, Ruth Williams, Taylor Wells, Zoe Jerke, Cailyn Brack; back row, Tamara Taylor, Jozie Jacobs, Dakota Baldwin, Brynn Boxberger, Ashlyn Harbaugh, Emma Wasinger, Rachel Panzer, Lexi Deines, Candice Smith, Sydney Unruh, Malanie Scheuerman. The WAC Tournament second-place finisher ended with a 21-6 record.

GARDEN CITY — The Great Bend Middle School 8th-grade volleyball team finished runner-up in the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament at Horace Good Middle School.
“As a first-year coach, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of athletes,” said Great Bend coach Michelle Barber. “They have an amazing work ethic and are leaders on-and-off the court. I’m so excited to see what the future holds for these girls the next four years. I hope they keep setting the bar high for those who follow in their footsteps.”
The 8th-graders (5-2) were seeded third behind Horace Good (7-0) and Liberal West (6-1).
After beating No. 6 seed Liberal South 25-8, 28-26, the Lady Panthers faced rival Liberal West. After winning the first set 28-26 the Panthers dropped the second set 25-13. They rallied for a 15-10 victory to advance to championship match against Horace Good.
The Panthers pushed Horace Good 26-24 in the second set after losing 25-17.
“We seemed to have a mental block when it came to Horace Good,” Barber said. “We ended 21-6 and four losses were to Horace Good.”
The B team (3-4) were seeded fifth and started against No. 4 seed Liberal South. The Lady Panthers downed Liberal South 25-20, 25-13 and played No. 1 seed Horace Good, which beat the Panthers 25-16, 25-14
“The girls knew we needed to win against Liberal South and came out to play.” said coach Morgan Hoffman.
The B team ended with a 15-12 record after losing 25-18, 25-16 to No. 3 seed Liberal West.
“The girls played strong, we just couldn’t get into our rhythm,” Hoffman said. “These girls worked hard all year and have improved so much. It’s been a lot of fun coaching them this year.”