The Abilene Cowgirls volleyball team won the Abilene Invitational Tournament Saturday in the AHS gym.
“Great way to end the regular season with a tournament championship,” coach Mike Jantz said.
The Cowgirls went undefeated in pool play and advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Russell, 25-7, 25-5, Rossville, 25-13, 25-15 and Buhler, 25-18, 25-19.
“I felt our level of play was consistent all day,” Jantz said. “We limited errors well and controlled the matches.”
Abilene met Smoky Valley in the semis. Smoky Valley came out of its pool play with a 2-1 record losing to Ellsworth, 25-11, 25-9.
Abilene defeated Smoky Valley in straight sets, 25-19,25-16.
Jessica Hayes had eight kills, Hannah Rohleder six and Taylor Thompson four in the match against Smoky Valley. Claudia Hess had four blocks and Olivia Gassman had five digs with Courtney Geist providing 22 assists for the Cowgirls.
Ellsworth met Buhler in the other semi-final match. Ellsworth won the match, 25-20, 25-15 to advance to the championship against the Cowgirls.
The Cowgirls set down the Bearcats from Ellsworth, 25-13, 25-16 for the championship and improve its overall record to 30-8.
In the championship match Hayes had 12 kills and Hailey Devine had six. Gassman had 10 digs and Devine six. Devine powered three aces and Gassman two and Geist set up the hitters with 22 assists.
“It was nice to send our seniors out on a regular season championship and it sets us up well for sub-state next week,” Jantz said. “Thirty wins is a great season, this is the fifth squad at Abilene to win 30 in a season.”
Smoky Valley defeated Buhler, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23 in the consolation game.
Results from the Abilene Varsity Volleyball Invitational:
Abilene defeats Russell, 25-7, 25-5
Buhler defeats Rossville, 25-21, 25-23
Abilene defeats Rossville, 25-13, 25-15
Buhler defeats Russell, 25-11, 25-14
Abilene defeats Buhler, 25-13, 25-20
Rossville defeats Russell, 25-18, 25-19
Ellsworth defeats St. Mary’s, 25-16, 25-16
Smoky Valley defeats Royal Valley, 26-24, 25-16
Ellsworth defeats Smoky Valley, 25-11, 25-9
Royal Valley defeats St. Mary’s, 18-25, 25-19, 25-17
Ellsworth defeats Royal Valley, 14-25, 25-18, 25-17
Smoky Valley defeats St. Mary’s, 24-26, 25-20, 25-23
7th place match:
St. Mary’s defeats Russell, 25-13, 25-17
5th place match:
Rossville defeats Royal Valley, 25-16, 25-22
Abilene defeats Smoky Valley 25-19, 25-16
Ellsworth defeats Buhler, 25-20, 25-15
Smoky Valley defeats Buhler, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23
Abilene defeats Ellsworth, 25-13, 25-16