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Here are the area high school volleyball teams who punched their ticket to quarterfinals

Wichita eagle logo Wichita eagle 10/25/2020 Taylor Eldridge, The Wichita Eagle

Here is a running list of area teams who captured sub-state championships on Saturday and will advance to the Kansas high school state quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s quarterfinals

Class 6A: Garden City (19-13) at Derby (22-11), Wichita Northwest (12-1) at Washburn Rural (31-4), Lawrence Free State (18-13) at Olathe Northwest (26-0), SM Northwest (26-5) at BV West (21-7).

Class 5A: Great Bend (20-10) at Maize South (28-6), Bishop Carroll (22-2) at Newton (23-11), Topeka Seaman (28-7) at Lansing (25-1), St. James Academy (27-3) at St. Thomas Aquinas (23-2).

Class 4A: Andale (33-2) at Clearwater (20-12), McPherson (32-3) at Clay Center (26-6), Wamego (23-12) at Bishop Miege (16-11), Ottawa (22-13) at Labette County (25-7).

Class 3A: Goodland (33-5) at Thomas More Prep (30-7), Cheney (28-3) at Smoky Valley (30-2), West Franklin (31-3) at Riverton (29-8).

Class 2A: Spearville (31-2) at Smith Center, Hillsboro (26-3) at Garden Plain (29-7), Wabaunsee (26-10) at Jefferson County North (32-5), Heritage Christian (23-8) at St. Mary’s-Colgan (23-4).

Maize South advances to quarterfinals for third straight year

Despite one of the youngest rosters in the area, Maize South is headed back to the state quarterfinals for a third straight season.

The Mavericks made it look easy on Saturday, easily dispatching Goddard (25-3, 25-15) and Maize (25-19, 25-15) in straight sets to win a Class 5A sub-state championship.

Maize South (28-6) will host Great Bend (18-10) on Tuesday with a Class 5A semifinal spot in Salina on Saturday on the line. The Mavericks failed to advance to the semifinals in their past two state appearances.

Carroll’s seniors make it 4-for-4 in sub-state titles

Carroll’s resurgence in volleyball has been spearheaded by its class of five seniors, which features Ella Larkin, Riley Daugherty, Caroline Hybl, Tori Brake and Ashton George.

That senior class has now won four straight sub-state championships following Saturday’s dominant performance that saw Carroll cruise through Arkansas City (25-8, 25-8) and Kapaun Mt. Carmel (25-12, 25-19) in straight sets to advance to the Class 5A quarterfinals.

Carroll (22-2) will travel to Newton (23-11) for Tuesday’s quarterfinal matchup with the winner advancing to Saturday’s semifinals in Salina.

Garden Plain looking for its third run at a state trophy

After winning the Class 2A championship in 2018 and finishing third at state last season, Garden Plain is looking for its third straight trophy this season.

It was a dominant showing from the Owls on Saturday, as they won a 2A sub-state championship on their home court in straight sets over three straight opponents. Garden Plain handed a 30-win Belle Plaine team just its fifth loss this season with a 25-18, 25-19 victory in the title match.

Garden Plain (29-7) will host Hillsboro (26-3) in a Class 2A quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday with the winner headed to Dodge City for Saturday’s semifinals.

Hillsboro won the sub-state title hosted at Inman, knocking off the hosts in straight sets in the title match. It’s the first sub-state title for Hillsboro since 2014 when it lost in the Class 3A championship match.

Cheney wins its fifth sub-state title in last eight years

Cheney conquered one of the most challenging sub-states in the state, as it took a third set to prevail over Trinity Academy in the championship match in Cheney on Saturday.

It was a matchup of No. 2 vs. No. 4 in Class 3A, per the coaches’ rankings, as Cheney (25-19) and Trinity (25-16) split sets with the Cardinals winning in dominant fashion in the third set, 25-14. Cheney also had to knock off a good Halstead (24-11) team in straight sets in the semifinals.

The tough road doesn’t stop for Cheney (28-3), as it will take on No. 3-ranked Smoky Valley (30-3) for a Class 3A quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday with the winner headed to Hutchinson for Saturday’s semifinals. Cheney has reached the semifinals each time it has won a sub-state championship in the four previous times since 2013.

Meanwhile, Smoky Valley won its first sub-state title in more than a decade by defeating Minneapolis, Hesston and Rock Creek all in straight sets to claim the championship.

Newton wins three-set thriller over Andover to advance

After a one-year absence from the state quarterfinals, Newton is back following a three-set victory over Andover in a sub-state championship match at Andover Central.

After Newton (25-22) and Andover (25-20) traded victories in the first two sets, Newton took a 13-6 lead in the decisive third set. But Andover showed its resiliency to battle back and take a 21-20 lead.

It was all Railers after that, though, as Newton scored five straight points for the victory to punch its ticket to Tuesday’s Class 5A quarterfinal matchup where the Railers (23-11) will host Bishop Carroll (22-2). Newton has now won a sub-state title in eight of the last 10 years.

Derby makes it two straight sub-state championships

After a nearly two-decade drought between sub-state championships, Derby has now won titles in back-to-back season.

The Panthers once again punched their ticket to the Class 6A quarterfinals on Saturday in dominant fashion, dispatching Wichita South (25-5, 25-14) and Wichita Southeast (25-10, 25-16).

Derby (22-11) will host Garden City (19-13) in the Class 6A quarterfinals on Tuesday with the winner headed to the semifinals in Salina on Saturday. Derby had previously not won a sub-state title since 2002 before the last two seasons.

Andale moves closer to another 4A state title run

After coming up just short of a state championship the last two seasons, Andale took the next step in its pursuit of the title on Saturday with a dominant performance en route to a sub-state championship.

Andale made quick work of both Pratt (25-11, 25-9) and Buhler (25-17, 25-17) to win the sub-state title at Pratt. The Indians advanced to the state quarterfinals for the third straight year and for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Andale (33-2) will travel to Clearwater (20-12) on Tuesday in a Class 4A quarterfinal matchup with the winner moving on to Saturday’s semifinals in Hutchinson.

Northwest returning to quarterfinals for first time since 2016

Northwest pulled away late in straight sets to defeat East, 2-0 (25-22, 25-20), to punch its ticket to Tuesday’s Class 6A quarterfinals.

It was the third meeting between the City League rivals after they had split the regular-season series. Northwest (12-1) will travel to Washburn Rural (31-4) on Tuesday for its first non-league matchup of the season.

McPherson, Clearwater both return to 4A quarterfinals

For the first time since 2016, McPherson is back in the state quarterfinals after an impressive performance to win a Class 4A sub-state championship on Saturday at Circle.

McPherson won in straight sets over both Rose Hill (25-16, 25-10) and Circle (25-12, 25-14). The Bullpups (32-3) will travel to Clay Center (26-6) for Tuesday’s Class 4A quarterfinal matchup with the winner of the five-set match advancing to Hutchinson for Saturday’s semifinals.

Another area team making it back to the state quarterfinals is Clearwater, which fought off Winfield (25-11, 25-12) and Wellington (28-26, 25-12) to win a Class 4A sub-state title in Wellington.

Clearwater will be back in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2015 when it placed third in Class 4A Div. II. The Indians (20-12) will host Andale (33-2) on Tuesday with the winner advancing to Hutchinson for Saturday’s semifinals.


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