Defending champion Garden Plain clinches return to State
The Garden Plain Lady Owls booked a return trip to the 2A State Volleyball tournament after defeating Sedgwick 25-20, 25-20.
Sedgwick came into the tournament as the one seed. They faced Conway Springs for their first match and won 25-16, 25-17.
Sterling, the tournament hosts, earned the fifth seed. They defeated Moundridge 25-20, 25-22 to advance to the semi-finals.
Garden Plain received the two seed for the tournament and squared off with Wichita Independent. The Lady Owls won 25-12, 25-17.
The final quarterfinal saw Hutchinson Trinity Catholic take on Inman. Inman took the match in three sets 15-25, 25-21, and 25-19.
In the semi-final round, Sedgwick defeated Sterling 26-24, 26-24. The Lady Cardinals came back from being down 19 to 24 late in the second set to advance to the championship game.
Garden Plain defeated Inman 25-21, 25-14 to make it to the championship game.
In the championship game, Sedgwick faced Garden Plain for the second time this season. Garden Plain won the first meeting two sets to one.
The first set was a tight affair until late when Garden Plain got to a score of 24 but then sided out to Sedgwick. The Lady Cardinals proceeded to extend the match by a few points until they hit the ball into the net. That ended the first set with a score of 25 to 20 Garden Plain.
The second set was again a back and forth game. The largest lead was two points until both teams were tied at 17 to 17. Then Garden Plain took off on a run to 24 to 19. Two match point attempts later, the second set ended like the first, 25 to 20 Garden Plain.
The defending 2A State Champions will return to the State Tournament to defend their title.
"We play a super tough schedule," said Garden Plain Head Coach Gina Clark, "we have nine losses, but none of those came from a 2A school. We knew Sedgwick was going to be tough, so we practiced tough.
"Our only job now is to get to Saturday at the State Tournament."