Spikers crushed Brookfield in straight games Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. After apparent postponement, tennis action took place in unusual circumstances, but produced routine result – CHS victory
Chillicothe High School’s volleyball and tennis Lady Hornets both remained unblemished in 2018 Tuesday, Sept. 4, romping to home victories, the spikers in their home debut.
The volleyball Lady Hornets capped a busy afternoon and evening of in-town action with a 25-10, 25-4 cruise past visiting Brookfield. The tennis Lady Hornets began the day’s proceedings with a quick, abbreviated 5-1 triumph over guest St. Joseph: Lafayette in which only the singles action took place.
Chillicothe’s tennis girls improved to 5-0 in dual matches thus far, notching a third Midland Empire Conference win. The CHS spikers’ non-conference cakewalk was their second victory in two outings.
[VOLLEYBALL] Chillicothe 25-10, 25-4 over Brookfield
The volleyball home match found Chillicothe in the driver’s seat from start to finish as Brookfield had difficulty keeping rallies alive very long against the experienced Lady Hornets.
According to team statistics supplied by head coach Karen Jackson, Chillicothe did not rack up gaudy offensive numbers in “kills” (spikes) or assists as Brookfield many times simply could not get the ball back across the net for the Lady Hornets to execute an offensive attack. That is highlighted by CHS recording only two “digs” (defensive retrievals of Lady Bulldogs volleys).
Senior setter Elli Ross accounted for 12 of the only 13 assists Chillicothe earned. Of the 50 points won by CHS in the straight-games sweep, 20 happened on CHS “kills.” Senior Kennedie Kieffer led the net offense with six of those.
Also notable on the stats report was sophomore Maya Snyder earning five service aces. She did not misfire on any of her serves in the match and Chillicothe failed to get the ball into play on its serve only twice in the 64 points played.
On the development levels, Chillicothe also had the better of things.
Lucy Gaston’s five service aces and Clara Leamer’s five “kills” paced a 25-15, 25-7 junior-varsity conquest and Selby Miller’s 13 aces led the freshman Lady Hornets to their 25-10, 25-8 victory.
CHS’ volleyball will open Midland Empire Conference competition today with a 5 p.m. visit to league newcomer and regional power Kansas City: St. Pius X. SPX has won nine district championships in a row.
[TENNIS] Chillicothe 5, St. Joseph: Lafayette 1
In action abbreviated to singles play only, due to unusual weather, travel circumstances, and CHS' dominance, the tennis Lady Hornets dispatched Lafayette even with top singles player Gracy Reeter not in the lineup, due to illness.
With everyone else in the regular CHS lineup moving up a spot to fill in and sophomore Allison Ishmael getting the call to make her varsity debut at No. 6 singles, the hosts still lost no more than two games in the best-of-11-games-format match.
Playing No. 1 singles for the first time in her career, junior Hunter Keithley handily bested the Lady Irish’s top player, Rowan Davis, 6-1.
That same score made Hannah Cypert at No. 2, Macy Cavanah at No. 3, and Lucy Reeter at No. 5 triumphant, as well. Hannah Zimmerman took No. 4 position 6-2.
Ishmael came close to winning her initial varsity outing, but fell 4-6 at No. 6 singles.
Shortly before the original match-start time of 4 p.m., a heavy rain convinced CHS coach Amanda Marsh that play would not be possible any time in the near future and, in consultation with Lafayette's coach, agreed to a postponement to a later date.
However, as the two coaches examined their respective schedules to try to find a mutually-available date to reset the Midland Empire Conference dual and as Chillicothe's players headed home or elsewhere, the rain surprisingly moved on quickly and the Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts began to dry.
Since Lafayette's tennis team had shared the same bus with LHS' cross country running team, which also was in town for the Chillicothe Invitational meet, and the bus was parked at Simpson Park, site of that meet, the Lady Irish netters were left cooling their heels at Danner Park until the bus returned for them at approximately 7 p.m.
With the rain stopped, the courts becoming dry enough for safe play, and the opponent still on site, Marsh audibled and contacted her varsity players to see if they were able to return and play the match. All responded affirmatively and made their way back to Danner Park where play belatedly began more than an hour after the originally-planned time.
Because of the delayed start and the need for the Lafayette players to be available for the bus ride home when their transportation came back for them, the coaches opted to begin with singles play, so that, with six positions in simultaneous play immediately, enough sets to possibly generate the minimum five wins needed for a team victory to be clinched could be completed as quickly as possible, as happened in Chillicothe's favor. Had the usual routine of playing doubles first been utilized, it would have been necessary for all three doubles sets to be played to conclusion and, subsequent to that, at least two singles sets to be finished before the match might be decided.