It was Senior Night for the volleyball team at Skyline Tuesday night. The Lady Thunderbirds celebrated in fine style, brushing aside Word of Life and Macksville to run their season record to an impressive 29-7.
It was the final home volleyball action for six Lady T-Birds, who were recognized along with their parents in ceremonies prior to the nightcap with Macksville. Kaitlyn Stark, Janessa Davis, Taylor Tobin, Taylor DeWeese, Mycha Owens and Shelby Bender were honored for their contributions the past four years.
“Senior night is always a tough game day,” observed Skyline head coach Summer Younie. “Everyone is emotional, and with 6 seniors this season, we could have REALLY been emotional - but the girls played well.”
“Played well” is probably an understatement as the T-Birds dominated both matches. “ After playing our best volleyball of the season over the weekend at the HOPL tournament, I was worried that we would come out flat,” mentioned Younie.
But not to worry. The Lady T-Birds set aside any extra emotions, took care of business and sent Word of Life home with a 25-3; 25-14 loss. After the Senior Night festivities, Skyline sent Macksville packing 25-13; 25-19.
Word of Life was obviously overmatched by Skyline. After her girls overwhelmed the Words 25-3 in the opening set, Coach Younie took her foot off the gas a little bit in the decider. “Everyone got the opportunity to play against Word of Life,” she explained.
Reserves like Betsy Giles, Hayley Mendoza and Payje Orler got major playing time in game two, but there was little letdown in quality as Skyline still won handily 25-14.
Skyline actually trailed early on to Macksville, but quickly adjusted to the slower-paced game being played by the Lady Mustangs. Kamryn Stark served 5 straight points and the Thunderbirds got the score knotted at 8.
From there, Skyline’s front line took over and the T-Birds took control of the net. The back line was also turning in some nice hustle plays and kept some tough balls alive. (Mycha Owens had an astonishing 30 digs+ receives against Macksville!) It was soon 15-10 Skyline.
From there, the T-Birds outscored the Mustangs 10-3 to close out the first set. The winning point was an emphatic kill by Alyssa Swonger. Set one 25-13 Skyline.
Macksville put forth a game effort in the decider, but Skyline was just better. A 25-19 win gave set two and the match to the Thunderbirds. Kaitlyn and Kamryn Stark shared setting duties for Skyline, each collecting 8 assists.
“I was happy with the way the girls played,” Coach Younie concluded. The Senior Night Sweep was the final regular season tune-up before Skyline hosts one of the 2A sub-states on Saturday.
Page 2 of 2 - There will be several good teams in attendance. Kiowa County and Bucklin are both ranked in 2A currently, and Skyline and St. John have both been ranked at times this season. South Central, Kinsley, Medicine Lodge and Oxford round out the field. There should be no shortage of good competition for the Lady Thunderbirds as they host sub-state this weekend.