Midway brought home a convincing Western Missouri Conference Tournament championship Oct. 19 at Drexel.
“WEMO Tournament was a great day for us as this is the kind of volleyball we need to be playing right before districts,” Midway head coach CJ Chamberlin said. “The girls played with intensity and enthusiasm that kept them on top and staying focused throughout the match.”
The Vikings, seeded No. 2, defeated No. 1 seeded Osceola 25-22 and 25-20 in the championship match.
“Osceola is a tough team and we wanted to redeem ourselves after the first time we played them,” Chamberlin said. “Both our offense and defense was working hard creating long rallies that ended with us winning a point on most of them. It was a great match to watch and these girls deserved this win.”
Midway was led in kills by Megan O’Brien with seven. Laine Mills and Emily Aksamit both had six, Miranda Dahman had four, Jessica Owens had two and Mariah Keeney and Raelynn Goddard both had one.
O’Brien also had two aces and Jodi Rhodes had one. Dahman had two blocks and O’Brien and Keeney both had one block. Goddard had 15 digs, followed by O’Brien with 11, Dahman with eight, Aksamit with six, Mills, Owens and Kasey Roberson all with five, Rhodes with four and Keeney with three. Rhodes and Roberson both had 11 assists and Dahman and Aksamit each had one.
The Vikings faced No. 3 seeded Drexel in the semifinals and conquered the Bobcats in three games, 25-11, 29-31 and 25-19.
“The girls again started off slow; yet played very well the next two, especially the second game of the match, in which we battled to a win of 31-29,” Drexel head coach Melissa Busch said.
Midway was led by O’Brien in kills with eight, followed by Aksamit with seven, Dahman with six, Owens and Keeney both with five and Mills with two.
Owens also had two aces and Roberson, O’Brien and Rhodes had one each. Dahman and Mills both had three blocks and O’Brien, Keeney and Owens had one block apiece. Goddard had 17 digs and O’Brien had 13 digs. Rhodes had seven digs, followed by Dahman with six, Keeney, Owens and Aksamit with five each, Mills and Roberson both with two and Devyn Worthley with one. Roberson also had 16 assists and Rhodes had 14 assists. Mills and Aksamit both had one assist.
Drexel was led by Jacy Bolton in kills with 13, followed by Lauryn Campbell with seven, Adison Barnhart with six, Jenna Bartholomew with five, Alexis Raffety with three and Allison Jacobs with one.
Sydney Seba had three aces, followed by Bolton with two. Bolton, Barnhart, Campbell and Bartholomew all had one block. Campbell had 17 digs, followed by Bolton and Jacobs with 13 each, Bartholomew with 10, Jordan Moles with eight, Barnhart with six, Seba with five and Raffety with two. Seba also had 16 assists and Jacobs had 11. Moles, Bolton and Campbell all had one assist.
Drexel fought past No. 6 seeded Appleton City 18-25, 25-8 and 25-13 in the first round.
Campbell had nine kills, followed by Bolton with seven, Barnhart with four, Bartholomew and Jacobs both with three, Seba with two and Raffety with one. Campbell and Jacobs each had two aces and Moles and Bolton had one apiece.
Bolton also had seven blocks, Jacobs had three, Campbell had two and Raffety and Barnhart had one each. Campbell had 15 digs and Bolton and Barnhart had 13 each. Bartholomew had 10 digs, Jacobs had five, Moles had four, Raffety had two and Seba had one. Seba also had 15 assists, Jacobs had five and Bolton had two.
The Bobcats went on to take fourth place, losing the third place match to Adrian 25-8 and 25-22.
“Unfortunately, the Midway match took a lot out of our team, and for the first time all season, frustration took over to cause us to turn on each other on the court,” Busch said. “The combination was too much for us to come out and take on Adrian for third place. While we had some great plays interspersed into the match, overall, we did not play well as a team.”
Bolton, Raffety and Campbell had two kills apiece and Barnhart and Jacobs both added one. Jacobs had one ace and six blocks. Campbell had five blocks and Raffety, Bolton and Barnhart all had one.
Bolton had 10 digs, followed by Jacobs, Moles and Campbell with seven apiece, Bartholomew with five, Raffety with three and Seba, Barnhart and Kendall Hadley with one each. Jacobs had four assists, Seba had two and Bolton had one.
“I hate that the lesson had to be such a tough one, but I think the girls learned from their mistakes on Saturday,” Busch said. “They are pulling together this week in practice and getting things done. We are now focused on districts with the intent of staying a team and staying up the entire time.”
Midway overcame No. 7 seeded Archie 25-22 and 25-7 in the first round.
Dahman, Owens and Aksamit all had six kills. O’Brien, Keeney and Mills had two kills each and Goddard had one kill. O’Brien, Mills, Goddard and Roberson all had one ace.
For Midway, Dahman had three blocks and O’Brien, Mills, Keeney and Owens had one block apiece. Goddard and Dahman both had seven digs, O’Brien and Rhodes had five digs each, Aksamit added four digs and Keeney and Roberson had three digs apiece. Mills and Owens both had one dig. Rhodes also had 12 assists and Roberson had nine. Aksamit had three assists and Mills had one.
The Whirlwinds went on to defeat Appleton City 25-15 and 25-15 in the consolation semifinals but lost to No. 5 seeded Rich Hill 25-23 and 25-21 in the fifth place match.