After taking third place at the Heart of the Plains League tournament Saturday, the Skyline volleyball team wrapped up their regular season with a pair of victories over Macksville and Stafford.


In the first match of the night, Skyline defeated Macksville 25-21, 25-19 in a close match that started a little sluggish for the T-Birds. Kaitlyn Swonger and Leah McPherson each had six kills, with Tia Gilleece right behind them with five. Gilleece also had two aces and a block, with Whitney Renner also recording a block.


After taking third place at the Heart of the Plains League tournament Saturday, the Skyline volleyball team wrapped up their regular season with a pair of victories over Macksville and Stafford.

In the first match of the night, Skyline defeated Macksville 25-21, 25-19 in a close match that started a little sluggish for the T-Birds. Kaitlyn Swonger and Leah McPherson each had six kills, with Tia Gilleece right behind them with five. Gilleece also had two aces and a block, with Whitney Renner also recording a block.

“We've been working on playing consistently for entire match,” said coach Summer Younie. “We started out a little sluggish against Macksville, but then played fairly consistent.”

In the second match of the night, Skyline defeated Stafford 25-21, 25-9, in what was the fifth meeting between the two teams this season.

“Overall, I was pleased with our play last night,” Younie said. “This was our fifth match 

against Stafford this season.  It's really hard to stay motivated to play when you've seen a team that many times, I was encouraged to see us come out aggressively against them the 2nd set and not let down or lose focus.”

In the Stafford match, Gilleece had five aces, while Harley Weaver and Ashley Koirth each had two. Swonger led with seven kills.

“Against Stafford we did the same thing, made some silly mistakes early on in the first set, we struggled playing defense first then getting out to hit, but when we started the second set against Stafford our intensity was up and our play was much better,” Younie said. “We served better last night than we have the last couple of game days.”

 

Scores from HOPL Tourney

Pool Play

Def. Pretty Prairie: 25-21, 25-17

Def. Fairfield: 25-7, 25-20

Def. Stafford: 25-22, 25-20

Norwich def. Skyline: 25-19, 25-15

Bracket Play

Semi-finals: Central Christian def. Skyline: 25-11, 25-13

Def. Norwich: 25-23, 25-18 (3rd Place)

 

In the third place game, Gilleece had 10 kills, but the defense stepped up, with Weaver logging 15 digs, while Ashton Lee, Koirth and Morgan Flowers combining for 24 more digs.

“I was pleased with our play most of the day,” Younie said. “We played timid against Norwich the match during pool play, but really came out much stronger against them in the 3rd place match.

“We had some great plays defensively against Central Christian in the semifinal match, but we didn't take advantage of the fact that they don't block us.  We played really timid offensively against them and you can't do that against a team like Central Christian.”