Crest claims third at HHS tourney

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

HUMBOLDT — Crest High’s Lady Lancers came out of their pool play unscathed at Saturday’s Humboldt High’s B&W Volleyball Invitational.
That put them up against Pittsburg St. Mary’s-Colgan in the semifinals.
“It was a very good match. We didn’t take care of the ball well enough consistently to win the match,” said Shelly Strickler, Crest head coach, after the Panthers defeated Crest 25-20, 21-25, 25-15.
That set up a rematch between the Lady Lancers and Southeast High of Cherokee. Crest took the tournament opener between the two, 25-23, 18-25, 26-24.
The third-place match wasn’t quite as dramatic. Crest defeated Southeast 25-16, 25-22. The Lady Lancers earned team medals.
“I was pleased with how well the team worked together the entire day,” Strickler said.
In the third-place match, Amanda Strickler had 12 kills and two aces. Ashley Catt had nine assists, three kills and one ace serve. Melissa Honn had four kills and Kristen Golden had two kills.
Colgan won the tournament title, defeating Baxter Springs 25-23, 18-25, 25-21. Baxter Springs had defeated Colgan in pool play.
Marmaton Valley was in the same pool as Colgan and Baxter Springs. The only score the Register could find was a 25-10, 25-7 loss to Colgan, reported in the Pittsburg Morning Sun.
Crest opened with the win over Southeast. Honn had 23 digs and six kills and Strickler had 16 kills and two ace serves. Catt had 14 digs, four kills and 10 assists. Chelsey Brooks had 12 digs.
Crest beat Altoona-Midway 25-23, 25-20. Catt had four ace serves and four assists. Honn had six digs, four kills and two aces. Nikia Stewart had four aces. Strickler had five kills, one block and seven digs.
The Lady Lancers defeated Humboldt 25-16, 26-15. Catt had seven digs and four kills. Strickler had seven kills, five assists and Stewart had six service aces. Honn had four aces.
Crest beat Yates Center 25-8, 25-18. Honn had six service aces and Strickler had five aces and five kills. Catt had eight assists. Caitlin Golden had two kills.
Humboldt began the day with a 25-21, 16-25, 25-20 win over Altoona-Midway. Hannah McCall had four kills while Brandi Malloy had four kills and five ace serves. Amanda Maxton had eight assists and Taylor Fitzmaurice had 12 service points.
Against Crest, Malloy had five service points. Ashley Murrow had two aces and Maxton had four assists.
Humboldt lost 25-17, 25-20 to Southeast. Malloy had four kills and Maxton had five assists. Melissa Davidson had six service points.
“It was good to be playing at home finally and getting our first wins,” said Stephanie Middleton.
Humboldt defeated Yates Center 25-14, 25-23 in their second pool match. Wells served up 16 points. McCall had seven service points. Maxton had three assists and Davidson had three kills.
“It was a tough day for us,” said Dan Berg, Yates Center coach. “Serving and passing killed us all day. We’ll continue to work on these in practice.”
Against Humboldt, Kassy Reynolds had seven kills and one block and Autumn Douglass had two kills and two ace serves. Drew Spender had five assists.
Yates Center lost to Southeast 25-10, 25-17. Paige Steinforth had two ace serves and Addie Hughes had one ace. Spencer had three assists while Reynolds had four kills and one ace serve. Douglass had one ace and one kill.
In the loss to Crest, Spencer had one assist, two tips and one ace serve. Reynolds and Daryean Estes each had one kill. Douglass had three kills.
Altoona-Midway beat Yates Center 25-16, 25-16. Reynolds had three kills and one ace serve. Spencer had two assists and one ace serve. Hughes and Douglass each had a kill.