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Wellington volleyball team splits in 2017 home debut

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls volleyball came home for the first time this season and earned a hard-earned split vs. Wichita Collegiate and Rose Hill.

The Crusaders would sweep Wichita Collegiate 25-23, 25-20. Wellington lost the nightcap to the top ranked Rockets 25-19, 25-14.

The Crusaders are now 5-6 for the season.

Playing in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV for the first time this season, Wellington kept the Spartans on their heels. It built a 4-2 lead over the private school, and was down 10-9 before ripping off six consecutive points to take a 15-10 lead.

The Crusaders were up 20-12, when Collegiate started chipping away with five consecutive points. But eventually Wellington held tough and pulled off the two-point win.

In the second set, Wellington opened with a 4-0 lead and never looked back ending the game and the match with three consecutive Keelie Cunningham serves for victory.

In the second match, Wellington was up against top ranked and defending state champion Rose Hill. The Lady Dukes would hold tough for awhile against the Gracie VanDriel led team and held a 5-2 early lead. At one point it was 14-11 Rose Hill and the Crusaders had the serve, but Rose Hill went on a 5-point and 3-point run to close out the first set 25-19.

For more pictures of the volleyball match click here.

The second set was more nightmarish for the Lady Dukes, as the established Rockets controlled this one from start to finish with a 25-14 victory.

Wellington now competes in its second weekend tournament of the season when it travels to Chaparral this Saturday. Belle Plaine, Clearwater, Conway Springs, Kingman, Medicine Lodge and Wichita Independent will also be participating.

Other scores: 

Varsity:

Rose Hill beat Collegiate
25-11
25-16
Junior varsity:
Wellington beats Collegiate
25-13
25-17
Rose Hill beats Collegiate
25-16
25-16
Rose Hill beats Wellington
26-24
26-24

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