COLUMBUS, Kan. -- Fort Scott High School's volleyball team split its matches at a Southeast Kansas League triangular here Thursday night. The Tigers defeated Columbus in two games but fell to league leader Pittsburg in three.
The results here and other league matches Thursday night now have the Tigers tied for fourth place with Parsons in the SEK. Pittsburg (6-0 SEK, 14-12 overall) is the only team unbeaten in league matches. Labette County (5-1, 24-4) and Chanute (5-1, 21-7) are tied for second. Fort Scott (4-2, 18-11) is tied with Parsons (4-2, 14-16).
The Tigers can still claim a share of the SEK title if they sweep Chanute and Iola next Thursday at Iola while Parsons sweeps Pittsburg and Labette County and Labette County also beats Pittsburg. The Parsons-LC-Pittsburg triangular will take place in Pittsburg.
Pittsburg defeated the Tigers 19-25, 25-21, 27-25. Mallory Shelton had 24 kills and 8 digs and also 4 ace serves. Kenzie Heatherly had 14 assists.
"I was really proud of the girls," Fort Scott head coach Carol Bingesser said. "It was a heart breaker to lose. The girls played with a lot of intensity and emotion.
"We had worked on all week, giving Pittsburg something different than what they had seen from us previously. We worked hard on back row attacks and switching hitters up and not hitting in our usual formation. We actually took Pitt by surprise, they had a hard time with our back row attacks."
The Tigers led the entire first set. In the second set, Pittsburg jumped out to a 6-point lead although the Tigers fought back.
Fort Scott led 18-13 in the third set before Pittsburg held serve for 7 straight points.
"I used both my time outs but we couldn't make it through that rotation," Bingesser said. "The score was 24-21 and Marliss (Allen) served 4 points to put is us up by one. We lost the next two points. It was a heartbreaker. The girls played with a lot of heart and had worked really hard in practice this week."
Scores in the Columbus sweep were 25-17, 25-10. Shelton had 8 kills and served 6 aces. Heatherly had 8 assists.