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Panthers split at Tuesday triangular
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Panthers split at Campus. - photo by Travis Hendryx

WICHITA— Fresh off a perfect home tournament sweep last weekend the Great Bend High School volleyball team split a pair of matches during triangular competition Tuesday at Campus High School.

The Panthers defeated Campus in the opening match in two sets by scores of 25-18, 25-17. Great Bend then dropped a two-set decision to Goddard-Eisenhower, 25-21 and 25-22.

“We played well against Campus,” said coach Kelsey Perry. “Our serving was pretty good and that is always a key to success. Camryn (Dunekack) hit the ball really well and that forced their block to focus on her which opened up our other hitters.”

Dunekack posted a team high 10 kills in the victory over campus while setter Brittnee Barber added 14 assists. Barber was also the leading defender for the Panthers with 17 digs.

Dunekack was again the leading kill producer in the setback to Goddard-Eisenhower. The Panther sophomore tallied an 11-kill, 14-dig outing for a double double performance while Barber supplied 16 assists and 11 digs.

GEHS is the No. 1 seed in sub-state and ranked seventh in 5A.

“We got a lead to start both sets against Eisenhower but couldn’t maintain it,” Perry said. “We were timid and needed to just play instead of trying to think about every play. They had a big block and that got to us a few times.”

Great Bend will host a pair of talented teams Thursday as Hillsboro and fifth-ranked Newton pay a visit to the GBHS gym.

“We’re excited to get on the court against both these teams,” said Perry. “We’re playing great right now and want to take on the top teams to prepare us for the post season.”

Competition begins at 5 p.m. Thursday's triangular is also PINK OUT night.