ST. PAUL – The Altoona-Midway Middle School volleyball squad competed in the St. Paul Tournament here Saturday, and Lady Jets came home with a fourth place finish.
AMMS went 1-2 in matches on the day. The Lady Jets opened tournament play with yet another three-set match, prevailing over Chetopa 11-25, 25-23, 15-10. However, they were unable to win either of their other two matches, falling 13-25, 22-25 to Oswego and 15-25, 22-25 to Moran.
“The girls did awesome once they got going against Chetopa. They were able to pull off a fun win,” said AMMS Head Coach Marci Henderson. “The first set against Oswego we just couldn't get connected. We did better the second set but started our come back too late.
“In our final match against Moran, Emmalynn (Pupanek) had six serves in a row when they had 24 points,” Henderson added. “It was just a little too late. We have to work on talking.”
In the win over Chetopa, Emma Martin paced the Lady Jets with 21 serves, while Summer Raymond had 10 passes and Makayla Wood fired off 26 hits. Sophia Dannels also collected nine hits and Martin added eight.
Heading up the stat chart against Oswego was Wood again with 24 hits, while Martin fired off nine, Heather Lane had seven and Alaura Maple notched six. Anna Beckwith paced the serving with eight and Dannels notched seven passes.
In the finale with Moran, Pupanek and Martin recorded six services apiece while Wood and Emma Westhoff each added four. Wood again led in hits with 11, while Martin and Summer Raymond getting eight and seven, respectively.
The Lady Jets (5-11) will close out their 2018 season on Thursday, competing in the Mineral Belt League Tournament at Thayer.