GIRARD -- Fort Scott High School's volleyball team went 1-2 at a non-league season-opening quadrangular here Saturday. The Tigers fell to Pittsburg in the opener, 25-17, 25-14; defeated Columbus, 25-17, 21-25, 25-14; and lost to host Girard, 25-15, 25-20.
Fort Scott head coach Carol Bingesser said that the team had trouble getting fired up for Pittsburg, a carry over from the oddly-quiet atmosphere at Red & White Scrimmage Friday afternoon.
"We still were playing with the same emotion we did the night before at the scrimmage," Bingesser said. "Things started to change against Columbus, but we struggled in the second game and let them sneak back and beat us. But in the third game, we came out with more intensity and was able to finish when we needed to."
Sidney Maycumber had three kills against Pittsburg. Paige Denton had four digs and Maddi Allen served three aces.
In the Columbus match, Maycumber and Jillian Lattimer had 11 kills each. Denton had six digs and the team served 10 aces.
Maycumber led with six kills against Girard while Lattimer had five.
"Against Girard, we played with a lot more intensity and emotion even though we lost. It was a much better-executed game. Our level of play improved greatly from the previous matches."
The Tigers face Chanute and Colgan in a home triangular Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the FSHS gymnasium.