HOISINGTON — The top-ranked Hoisington High School volleyball team swept the competition at the Larned quadrangular on Tuesday.
The Lady Cardinals beat South Central, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 1A Division-I in the latest Kansas Volleyball Association poll, in three games.
Hoisington, 30-3 overall and ranked No. 1 in 3A, will be the top seed for an upcoming sub-state tournament at Lyons on Saturday, Oct. 22.
“We are picking up the pace a little bit this week,” Hoisington head coach Tina Johnson. “We were off for 10 days with a long layoff and were able to get back on the court Monday and Tuesday. It was a good feeling.”
Hoisington was led by senior Mallory Flagor, who had 47 kills, nine blocks, three assists, two ace serves and 16 digs on the night.
“Flagor is one of the premier players in the state of Kansas,” Johnson said of the 5-foot-10 hitter. “Mallory is a very unselfish individual that does a great job leading this team along with the other three seniors.”
Savannah Rose had nine solo blocks and 17 kills to aid the Lady Cards.
“Savannah is really coming on right now for us,” Johnson said. “She is playing with a lot of confidence and wants the ball.”
Belle Brickley added 17 kills, four aces and 12 digs.
BreAnna Burns had 12 digs and one ace. Mykela Riedl had 24 digs on the night and added seven aces.
Sophomore Abi Rziha led the Lady Cardinals in assists with 63. She also had two aces.
Johnson said that other young players have been stepping in big for her team.
“Freshman Abbi Demel has stepped into the other starting position for us,” Johnson said. “Abbi is very athletic and plays pretty good defense for us. Sophomore Jessica Starkey and freshmea Jordan Moore also contributed to our wins on Tuesday night.”
Hoisington’s JV team also went 3-0 on the night.
“We have a lot of depth this year,” Johnson said. “Our practices are pretty tough day-in-and-out as our JV really push our varsity. Our ‘C’ team pushes our JV, also.”
Hoisington will travel to Larned again on Saturday to try to defend its Mid-Central Activities Association title.
The Lady Cards went undefeated in the league last year and are 7-0 thus far this year.