By RON PRESTON
The tradition continues for the Abilene Cowgirl volleyball team as they dominated the season opening quadrangular at the Abilene High School gym Thursday.
The Cowgirls opened the 2013 season by relying on the leadership of their four seniors and some talented, athletic teammates to go 3-0 in the Abilene Quad for the third season in a row.
“The seniors played well,” Abilene Coach Mike Jantz said. “Courtney Geist is a good setter, Taylor Thompson had a solid night and Allie Walters played great also.
“Hailey Devine had been a little sick all week, so I didn’t know if she was going to make it today, but she did well.”
“We have some younger players that did not see much varsity action last year that really stepped up played well today for us,” Jantz said.
The Cowgirls have three freshmen on the varsity this season and they stepped up and played significant roles in today’s wins over Smokey Valley, Concordia and Thomas Moore Prep.
“Jessica Hayes, Claudia Hayes and Olivia Gassman are talented and athletic and that is why they are on the varsity and they will help us this year,” Jantz said.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I am happy that we continued the trend of winning this season opening quad,” coach Jantz added.
The day started with Abilene squeaking by Smoky Valley in the first match 25-21. Smoky Valley had opened the season on Tuesday and had some game experience coming into the Abilene event. The Cowgirls came back to dominate the Vikings 25-13 in the second match.
On the other court, Thomas Moore Prep defeated Concordia in three sets 16-25, 25-23, and 25-13.
The Cowgirls handled the Lady Panthers of Concordia in their second match 25-8, 25-13. This was an important match for the Cowgirls as Concordia is a member of the North Central Kansas League and was a crucial match, as the Cowgirls will travel to Concordia for league play.
Smoky Valley struggled with TMP on the other court winning in two close matches 25-22 and 25-23.
Abilene then defeated TMP in the final match of the day 25-17 and 25-9 to open the season 3-0 on the season.
The Lady Vikings of Smoky Valley concluded the evening with a strong finish over Concordia 25-12 and 25-9.
The next action for the Cowgirls will be hosting Chapman on Sept. 10.