Greyhounds’ hot play continues in pair of wins

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Hot and cold faced each other at Iola Wednesday night with Fort Scott Community College’s volleyball team continuing its blazing play with a 25-16, 25-15, 25-16 sweep of Allen in the final match of Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division play.

The Greyhounds finished in a tie for fifth place with Neosho County at 5-5 in the East but the Panthers hold a tie-breaker. Nonetheless, Fort Scott has worked its way into post-season play after it looked as though doing to would be a struggle less than a month ago. Allen lost in conference play for the 35th consecutive time and finished last at 0-10.

On October 3, after being swept by then No. 1-ranked Johnson County, the Greyhounds were 1-5 in conference play and 10-11 overall. But since then, they have won 15 of their last 17 matches, including a Thursday-night non-conference win at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, to finish the regular season with a 25-13 mark.

Thursday’s win in Miami, Okla., a 22-25, 25-13, 26-24, 25-23 victory, was Fort Scott’s fifth straight. No other details from that match were available at press time.

In Wednesday’s match, Brittany Barnekoff converted attacks at a .600 rate, getting 16 kills in 25 chances. Mykah Wingerter finished with 12 kills. Fort Scott had a .337 kill percentage while Allen’s was .035.

Sophie Mader handed out 35 assists. Abbie Casper came up with 25 digs while Emily Jackson added 15.

Allen hasn’t won a conference match since beating Labette in the 2015 season opener. The Red Devils have won three of their last 42 conference matches going back to 2014.

The brackets for post-season play will not be determined before Wednesday as Coffeyville and Highland — the division’s top two teams — will square off Tuesday at Highland to see which earns the No. 1 seed in post-season play and the conference championship. The Region VI Tournament will be played October 2 and 3 at either Coffeyville or Highland.