Despite an impressive showing at the Class 1, District 13 championship, Midway’s season ended in quarterfinals Nov. 2.
The Vikings, 31-4, defeated Mound City 26-24 and 25-20 in the Class 1 sectional game at Mound City, but lost to Sante Fe 25-12 and 25-18.
Midway first upset No. 1 seeded Kansas City Lutheran 25-13 and 25-20 in the district final Oct. 30 at Archie.
Two of the Vikings’ final four losses came to Lutheran earlier in the season.
“We were just determined,” Midway senior outside hitter Megan O’Brien said. “We had the courage.”
Seeded No. 2, the Vikings ran off to a quick 8-0 lead in the first game. The Knights closed the gap to 8-6, but Midway held on to the lead. With the score at 22-13, a kill from O’Brien was followed by an error on the Knights. Senior middle hitter Miranda Dahman ended the game with a block.
“We were ready,” Dahman said. “We had been practicing all week for this. We were ready to come out and play.”
In the second game, Lutheran started off strong, bolting to a 7-4 advantage. Dahman got a block, but the Knights followed with a kill to lead 8-5. After a kill from senior middle hitter Jessica Owens, junior middle hitter Laine Mills got block to tighten the score at 8-7.
With an error on Midway, Mills followed with a tip and O’Brien got a block to knot the score at 9-9. With a block from Mills, the Vikings took a 10-9 lead and didn’t look back from there.
Midway was ahead 22-19 and junior right-side hitter Mariah Keeney got a kill. After a Lutheran error, the Knights followed with a block to make the score 24-20. O’Brien got the final say with a kill to end the game.
O’Brien ended the game with four kills, one block and nine digs. Owens had three kills and five digs. Dahman had three kills, six blocks and four digs and Mills had two kills, five blocks and one dig.