TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019
ALTOONA-MIDWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
ST. PAUL – Shaking off one of their least competitive outings of the season last
week, the Altoona-Midway Middle School volleyball squad displayed probably their best
performance of the year in the St. Paul Tournament here Monday.
The Lady Jets won two of their three matches on the day, and finished with second-
place honors in the five-team tournament.
Altoona-Midway squeezed past Chetopa in the first round, 13-25, 25-16, 15-3; and
then in the semifinals ousted host St. Paul 25-14, 25-19.
In the championship match, Marmaton Valley registered a 25-6, 25-9 triumph to
take the gold, leaving the Lady Jets with the runner-up spot.
“I could not be more proud of these girls tonight,” said an elated AMMS head coach
Nikki Almond. “They fought for their wins and earned both of them. They are learning to
shake off their mistakes and work together.”
In the title match, Heather Lane managed two digs for the Lady Jets while Chloe
Stewart and Olivia Goodwin added one apiece.
Lane also came up with four aces in the thrilling opening-match victory over
Chetopa, while Emmalynn Pupanek recorded two aces and Summer Raymond added one.
Lane also notched an ace in the semifinal match against St. Paul.
AMMS is now 4-12 on the year. However, the Lady Jets have lost five three-set
matches this season, and have been victorious in three of their last six matches.
“We have improved as the season has gone along, and that’s what it’s all about,”
Almond noted. “The progress these girls have made as a team this season is unbelievable.”
The Lady Jets will close out their season on Thursday in the league tournament,
hosted by St. Patrick’s Middle School.