You'd think hosting your own tournament, you could figure out a way not to face a defending state champion in the opening round.
However, that's just what the Skyline Thunderbirds had to do in their Invitational held Saturday at Skyline and Pratt Community College.

You'd think hosting your own tournament, you could figure out a way not to face a defending state champion in the opening round.
However, that's just what the Skyline Thunderbirds had to do in their Invitational held Saturday at Skyline and Pratt Community College.
The T-Birds found themselves in the Thunderdome pool facing St. John first thing in the morning. The Skyliners took the Tigers to three games before falling to the defending 1A champs.The scores were 25-22; 19-25; 23-25.
After that rude wake-up call, the Lady T-Birds were able to dispatch their other pool opponents with relative ease. Pawnee Heights fell 25-16, 25-20 to Skyline.
Hodgeman County then accepted a 25-9, 25-20 beating from the T-Birds before packing up and heading home.
The top 2 teams from each pool advanced to bracket play in the Thunderdome.
As the #2 seed from the Thunderdome pool, Skyline had to face the #1 seed from the PCC pool, Pratt High.
PHS prevailed in both games by identical 17-25 counts. The match between the local rivals was a scrappy one, but PHS advanced to the championship matchup against St. John while Skyline dropped to play Pretty Prairie in the consolation game.
Skyline took third in the tourney by dropping the Bulldogs 25-14 and 25-22.

Stats highlights
vs. St. John 25-22, 19-25, 23-25
attacking: Davis 10 kills; Stark 8 kills; Flowers 6 kills
serving: Koirth 8/9 w/3 aces; Davis 20/20; Stark 15/15
ball handling: Koirth 24/27 w/ 14 assists; Stark 21/24 w/ 8 assists
defense: Swonger 3 blocks; Davis 23 digs+receives; Weaver 43 digs + receives; Flowers 26 digs+receives
vs. Pawnee Heights 25-16, 25-20
attacking: Stark 8 kills; Davis 5 kills; Swonger 4 kills; Flowers 4 kills
serving: Koirth 13/15 w/ 1 ace; Bender 3/5 w/ 2 aces; Weaver 7/7 w/ 2 aces
ball handling: koirth 31/32 w/ 14 assists; Stark 15/15 w/ 9 assists
defense: Stark 2 blocks; Weaver 18 digs+receives; Davis 15 digs+receives
vs. Hodgeman County 25-9, 25-20
attacking: Stark 7 kills; Swonger 5 kills; Davis 3 kills; DeWeese 2 kills
serving: Bender 10/12 w/ 6 aces; Weaver 7/7 w/ 2 aces
ball handling: Koirth 18/18 w/ 10 assists; Stark 15/18 w/ 7 assists
defense: Weaver 16 digs+receives; Flowers 12 digs+receives; Davis 12 digs+receives
vs. Pratt 17-25, 17-25
attacking: Stark 6 kills; Flowers 4 kills
serving: Weaver 8/9 w/1 ace; Flowers 7/7
ball handling Koirth 19/20 w/ 7 assists; Stark 11/11 w/ 4 assists
defense: Weaver 30 digs+receives; Davis 19 digs+receives
vs. Pretty Prairie 25-14, 25-22
attacking: Stark 8 kills; Davis 5 kills
serving: Stark 12/13; Flowers 10/10 w/1 ace
ball handling: Koirth 14/14 w/ 10 assists; Stark 13/15 w/ 11 assists
defense: DeWeese 2 blocks; Swonger 2 blocks; Davis 21 digs+receives; Flowers 12 digs +receives; Weaver 12 digs+receives