WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6, 2021


         CHETOPA – After being close in a pair of matches the previous week – but ending up with nothing to show for it – the Altoona-Midway High School volleyball team broke through and got back in the winning column here Tuesday night.

         The Lady Jets won the nightcap event of the triangular, defeating host Chetopa High School 25-21, 25-18, snapping a 12-match losing streak in the process.

         In their opening match of the night, AMHS fell to Jayhawk-Linn 25-17, 25-14.

         “This was a much-needed win for us going into our last regular season game next week,” said Lady Jets head coach Michelle Morales. “We were communicating and moving our feet. We had some great serves, passes, sets, hits and tips. I am proud of the girls for playing so hard and leaving it all on the court.”

         AMHS vs. Jayhawk-Linn

         The Lady Jayhawks won the match 25-17, 25-14.

         “In the first Match against Jayhawk-Linn we didn't play our game,” Morales noted. “We played lazy and weren't moving our feet. We were falling before moving. But that being said, we had some really good volleys – some that ended in our favor and some that didn't. Emmalynn Pupanek played well in this match. She was a great teammate and really got in there and had some great passes.”

         Pupanek finished with 18 passes, five kills, eight serves and two blocks for the Lady Jets, while Mariah Stackhouse had nine kills, 11 serves, and 12 passes.

Abi Elsesser recorded six kills, eight passes and four serves; Alyssa Relph led the squad with eight blocks, to go along with three kills and three serves; Summer Raymond had a team-high 15 assists and also added a block; Bailey Graham contributed five assists and five serves; Autumn Raymond had eight serves; and Chloe Stewart finished with eight passes.

Stackhouse, Autumn Raymond, Pupanek, and Elsesser all recorded aces for Altoona-Midway as well.

AMHS vs. Chetopa

The Lady Jets picked up their fourth win of the year with the 25-21, 25-18 triumph over Chetopa.

“We had a slow start against Chetopa, but we quickly got back to playing our game,” Morales said. “They were following the ball so well and played well as a team.

“As expected, Mariah Stackhouse stepped up and lead the team. Also, Alyssa Relph was in great spirits tonight and helped keep her team in good spirits. Emmalynn Pupanek was a beast on the net and in the back row tonight being a leader in all categories. I'm proud of all the girls tonight for playing so well.”

Stackhouse led the Lady Jets with nine kills, while Elsesser smashed six, Pupanek five and Relph three. Stackhouse also paced the squad with 11 serves and an ace. Autumn Raymond and Pupanek with had eight serves and one ace; Graham recorded five serves; Elsesser had four serves and an ace, and Relph added three serves.

Relph was the block leader with eight, while Pupanek added two and Summer Raymond one. Pupanek had a team-high 18 passes, followed by Stackhouse with 12, and Stewart and Elsesser eight apiece. Summer Raymond finished with 15 assists and Graham added five.

Altoona-Midway, now 4-21 on the year, will close out regular-season play with a home match Tuesday, Oct. 12. Action in the Lady Jet triangular will begin at 5 p.m.