Battling ‘til the end, the Pioneer Ridge Middle School seventh-grade varsity volleyball squad brought back second-place honors from the Frontier League tourney at Ottawa on Oct. 8.
In the championship versus Spring Hill, Pioneer lost 25-21, 21-25, 5-15.
“The girls fought hard, showed great sportsmanship, and represented the Gardner-Edgerton community well,” said coach Jaclyn Stanley. “I’m proud of the team and can’t wait to see how they continue to improve in the coming years.”
Tournament highlights included Heather Culbertson serving 34 for 34 in the first three match wins versus Ottawa, Eudora and Baldwin.
Contributing several kills were Nikayla Kussatz, Jesse Heniss, and Kendra Laquet. Abby Cox was stellar on defense and Malibu McIntire had an overall top performance.