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Neosho denies 'Hounds post-season

Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Fort Scott sophomore Katie Van Lue (9) goes for the ball in an attempt to get it past Neosho County's Deziree Felker and Marissa Thiboso (2) during play at Arnold Arena Wednesday night. Van Lue's team-high 10 kills were not enough to prevent a Greyhound loss in four games.
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Despite the return to the bench of head coach Sonya Petroski, Fort Scott Community College's volleyball team could not avoid elimination from post-season play here Wednesday night as Neosho County defeated the Greyhounds, 25-17, 25-15, 25-27, 25-13 in Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division play.

Fort Scott fell to 2-8 against Kansas Division II teams (5-23 overall) with one match remaining. Neosho County moved into a tie for the seventh playoff spot with Allen County at 3-6 in Division II play. Hesston follows at 2-6 and Independence at 2-7.

Allen County has beaten Neosho County and holds the tie-breaker for the seventh position. The other teams all hold tie-breakers over Fort Scott.

The Greyhounds came out flat out of the gates. Neosho County (7-26 overall) led 15-6 in the first set before Fort Scott was finally able to hold serve although the 'Hounds were able to regroup and get within 5 points a few times before Neosho's Jordan Dickey ended the set with a kill.

The second set was closer for the most part until The Panthers scored the last 5 points, which included two ace serves by Aubrey Harris.

The 'Hounds started out strong in the third set, going out to an 8-2 lead.

They were still ahead 12-5 after kills by Kayla Tarwater -- who was back after missing time with a back injury -- and Katie Van Lue and Neosho County called for being out of rotation.

But the Panthers got the ball back and two aces by Marissa Thibodo started a rally that brought them within a point.

The 'Hounds appeared ready to clinch the set up 23-21 but Neosho rallied to tie. Finally, blocks by Jessica Cook, then Van Lue gave them the set.

The 'Hounds were within 11-9 in the fourth set but Neosho scored 14 of the final 18 points.



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