Both Circle and El Dorado were in action along with Winfield in a triangular hosted by Circle High on Tuesday Night.
The first match featured Circle taking on Winfield. Winfield started the scoring, but Circle outscored Winfield by 6 to lead 6-1 before Winfield coach Dave Morland called his first time out of the game. Circle had two 6-0 runs in the game to take the first game 25-9. In the second game, Circle continued to dominate going on a 4-0 run, before Winfield cut the deficit down to one. Circle continued to dominate the game and the match 25-10.
The final matchup of the night featured rivals Circle and El Dorado. The two towns separate by eight miles and support for both teams showed up at Circle High. Even the student section at Circle High was trying to intimidate El Dorado, but El Dorado proved them wrong.
El Dorado started the game leading 3-0, before Circle tied it up at 3-3. The game went back and forth as El Dorado won Game One 25-22. Then Circle dominated, but it was close through the second game en route to a 25-20 win in game for the Thunderbirds.
The match was decided in the third, as the game once again went back and forth. Circle out scored El Dorado 6-2, before Coach Jane Squires could call timeout. Circle continued to pull away en route to the win 25-16.
Coach Shelly Nibarger said this was a hard test against El Dorado.
“The first set against El Dorado we were out of sync, but then we just had to come out and battle,” Nibarger said. “The final two sets we were the more aggressive team.”
Senior Leslie Geist said it wasn’t more of a personal performance
“I call this more of a team performance, because we had to come from behind against El Dorado and we battled hard for the win tonight,” Geist said.
Circle (3-1) will next be in action on Saturday at a tournament in Arkansas City. El Dorado (4-6) will next be in action next Tuesday at home as they will host Mulvane and Winfield at El Dorado High School.