Kelsey Perry is getting the word out around town.
Perry, the head volleyball coach at Great Bend High School, is promoting the Lady Panthers’ home-opening matches on Tuesday, Sept. 18, as "Jam The Gym" night, with fliers being distributed throughout Great Bend.
Great Bend takes on Chaparral, at 5 p.m., and Cheney, at 7 p.m., in triangular matches at Panther Fieldhouse, and Perry would like nothing better than an overflowing crowd to watch her young and talented team.
“We don’t get to host very often,” said Perry, whose team has only three home dates, including a tournament, the entire season. “We wanted to get out and promote it.”
Great Bend took a 3-1 record into Monday night’s non-conference action at Russell, splitting matches with Russell and Smoky Valley. The Lady Panthers beat Russell, 25-15, 25-23, and lost to Smoky Valley, 25-18, 21-25, 25-21, making their record 4-2 overall.
“We played a little sloppy against Russell,” Perry said, “and then we got outplayed in the first game against Smoky Valley and then started playing better in the second game (a 25-21 win).
“We couldn’t put many rallies together (during a 25-21 loss in the rubber game of the match). Our last lead was 18-16.
Brenna Haines, a junior middle hitter, had 15 kills, two blocks and two digs against Smoky Valley, and Bonny Boultinghouse had seven kills, 13 digs and five aces in the two matches.
“She was consistent, something we need definitely on outside,” Perry said of Boultinghouse, a senior.
Tarynn Studer, a junior setter, totaled 15 digs and 26 assists in the matches, while Haines also had seven attacks against Russell.
“They both played very good,” Perry said. “The timing between the two was very good, and (Haines) was hitting lots of locations and hitting different routes.”
GBHS JV places second
The GBHS JV volleyball team posted a 5-1 record on Saturday to finish in second place at the Scott City tournament.
The JV was 2-0 on Monday at Russell.
The Lady Panthers’ lone loss over the weekend came at the hands of Garden City, which captured first place, undefeated in six matches.
JV team members include Jessica Loera, Dakota Sanders, Regan Unruh, Brittnee Barber, Lindsay Leuenberger, Kelci Keyse, Braylin Bretz, Peyton Burkhart, Morgan Kottas and Kaylan Lagerman.
The team is coached by Alyssa Kroeker.
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Great Bend 2, Russell 0
Selam Ball — 2 digs
Bonny Boultinghouse — 3 digs, 4 aces, 3 kills, 1 block
Taylor Fry — 2 digs, 1 kill, 1 block
Brenna Haines — 2 digs, 2 aces, 7 kills, 2 blocks
Tarynn Stueder — 4 digs, 10 assists, 1 kill, 1 ace
Kaylie Doll — 2 kills, 1 block, 8 digs, 3 aces
Kelsie Doll — 5 kills, 4 digs
Liz Barber — 7 digs
Kylee Spray — 10 digs
Liz Swigart — 4 kills
Smoky Valley 2, Great Bend 1
(25-18, 21-25, 25-21)
Boutinghouse — 4 kills, 10 digs, 1 ace
Haines — 15 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs
Stueder — 1 block, 11 digs, 4 aces, 1 kill, 11 assists
Kaylie Doll — 4 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace
Kelsie Doll — 6 kills, 4 digs
Spray — 12 digs
Swigart — 2 digs