DODGE CITY — The Great Bend High School volleyball team finished third at the Western Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday evening.
The Lady Panthers finished 2-2, losing to Garden City, which won the conference title, and Dodge City, which placed second.
“We started the day with the most focus we have had all season,” GBHS head coach Kelsey Perry said. “Our first set against Garden City was nearly perfect, defeating them 25-15. We clicked on every level. Probably the best start we have had all season.
“The second set Garden made adjustments to beat us. We didn’t respond well to Garden City.”
The loss spiraled into the following Dodge City match.
“The bad thing about volleyball is you don’t get to take a few days and fix things before you play again,” Perry said. “We literally walk from one court to the next and play. We let Dodge City hang around the entire match and that hurt us. They had a great crowd and watched us drop the first match to Garden so they were ready to go.”
Perry got her team turned around for the final two matches, salvaging the day for a 27-9 overall record in the regular season.
Brenna Haines led the Lady Panthers with 27 kills and 20 blocks.
Kylee Spray led the team with 55 digs. Kelsie Doll added 48 digs, and Kaylie Doll added 37.
Tarynn Stueder had 97 assists.
Great Bend travels to Liberal on Saturday for a Class 5A sub-state tournament. Arkansas City, Hays, Liberal, Goddard, Goddard Eisenhower, Maize South and Bishop Carroll will also be in attendance.
— Kevin Price