GIRARD -- Fort Scott High School's volleyball team learned what it will need to do in order to compete in the Southeast Kansas League here Saturday as the Tigers opened the season at a non-league quadrangular here.
The Tigers lost to defending SEK champion Pittsburg, 25-11, 25-11, defending Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee league champion Girard, 25-15, 25-18, but beat Columbus, 25-15, 25-21. Girard was also a Class 4A State Tournament qualifier last season.
"Against Girard, everything we gave them, they picked it up," Fort Scott head coach Carol Bingesser said. "They were defensively in the right spot all the time. Jenna (Campbell) had nine hard hits and only one kill, Megan (McDermed) had 10 hard hits and only one kill. Sammi (Therwhanger) had 7 hard hits. We couldn't get anything to hit the floor."
Bingesser noted that the Tigers struggled with their blocking most of the day and also had trouble with their serve receive.
"Other than that we had moments of brilliance but just couldn't get it all together," Bingesser said.
Mallory Shelton led the Tigers against Columbus with 6 kills while Therwhanger had 4. Against Pittsburg, Shelton had three kills and Kori Allen served for 5 points.
Fort Scott plays its first home matches at tonight at 5 p.m. Pittsburg Colgan of the CNC and Chanute, an SEK rival, will be the visitors for a non-league triangular.