Heights, Silver Lake, Manhattan all go 2-1 in talent-heavy Shawnee Heights volleyball quad

Shawnee Heights players celebrate a point during Thursday night’s quadrangular at Heights. The T-Birds, Silver Lake and Manhattan each went 2-1 on the night. (Rick Peterson/The Capital-Journal)

There really wasn’t a clear-cut favorite going into Thursday’s Shawnee Heights volleyball quadrangular.

 

The field included a pair of 2016 state champs — Shawnee Heights in Class 5A and Silver Lake in 3A — while Heights, Silver Lake and Manhattan are all currently ranked in the Kansas Volleyball Association state rankings.

So the fact that all three of those teams ended up 2-1 on the night wasn’t really a huge shocker.

“That’s why it’s such a good quad,” Manhattan coach Lisa Kinderknecht said.

“This is my 10th year here and we’ve played (this quad) the whole time I’ve been here and I absolutely look forward to it,” Silver Lake coach Sarah Johnson said. “Our girls are playing all winter in club with all these girls and we enjoy the competition. It’s different than a tournament or two that we play in, but we love it.”

Silver Lake, top-ranked in 3A, started its night with a 25-22, 25-23 win over Shawnee Heights and the Eagles ended the night with a 25-12, 25-23 win over Seaman after dropping a 25-19, 25-13 decision to Manhattan, ranked No. 3 in 6A.

Shawnee Heights, 10th-ranked in 5A, bounced back from the loss to Silver Lake to take a tough three-set win over city rival Seaman, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, and the T-Birds ended the night with a three-set win over Manhattan, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22.

“It just seemed like maybe we thought that was going to be an easy first game and I know Silver Lake and they’re a good team,” Shawnee Heights coach Sami McHenry said. “They have some great players and I just think we didn’t come in as strong as we thought we were going to. We had a nice talk after that game and I know they didn’t want to lose any more and it changed completely.”

Shawnee Heights has just two seniors on its roster — Lydia Ostenson and Madison Elskamp — but the T-Birds got a solid hitting performance from 6-foot-3 sophomore Amaya Tillman and seemed to pick up momentum as the night went on.

Silver Lake, led by senior Marissa Bates and sophomore Daryn Lamprecht, suffered its first loss of the season against Manhattan, but improved to 7-1 overall.

”I feel like we played OK, pretty well at times,” Johnson said. “I threw three different lineups at them tonight. We’re still working on some things and we’ve got three freshmen that I worked into the lineup tonight and I think we ended on a good note for sure.”

Thursday’s quad was the first competition of the season for Manhattan, now 2-1.

“I think we came out really well,” Kinderknecht said. “We had some moments where we got down, but battled back.”

MATCH RESULTS

Silver Lake def. Shawnee Heights, 25-22, 25-23; Manhattan def. Seaman, 25-15, 31-29; Manhattan def. Silver Lake, 25-19, 25-13; Shawnee Heights def. Seaman, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22; Silver Lake def. Seaman, 25-12, 25-23; Shawnee Heights def. Manhattan, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22.

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