Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Rural Falls Short in Class 6A Pool

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Rural Falls Short in Class 6A Pool

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Washburn Rural's volleyball team survived its first three-set match in Class 6A pool play Friday night at Landon Arena.

The Junior Blues weren't as fortunate in their second three- setter, with a loss to Blue Valley Northwest, in effect, putting Rural out of the tournament.

After dropping their first set of the tournament to Centennial League rival Manhattan 25-21, the Junior Blues battled back to force a third set with a 25-21 win and then closed out the Indians 25-14.

That win put No. 3 seed Rural in position to clinch a semifinal berth with a win over No. 7 seed Blue Valley Northwest, and the odds looked pretty good for the Junior Blues after a 25-17 first-set victory over the Huskies.

Rural rallied from a 21-15 deficit in the second set to take a 24- 23 lead on a kill from senior Morgan Hutchinson, but the Junior Blues weren't able to close the Huskies out.

The Junior Blues survived three set points before Northwest took a 29-27 victory and the Huskies led most of the third set en route to a 25-22 win.

The heartbreaking loss left Washburn Rural, a seven-time 6A state champion and a fourth-place finisher in '14, needing a win over No. 2 seed Blue Valley West to keep their title hopes alive.

And although the Junior Blues put up a battle, West closed out a perfect 3-0 day in Pool II with a 25-17, 25-17 win.

But even though it was Blue Valley West that officially knocked Rural out of the tournament it was the loss to Blue Valley Northwest that did the Junior Blues in.

"I thought we played really well and really sharp in the first set against (Northwest) and then the second set we caught up and go extras and we had a lot of chances that we let slip through our fingers," Rural coach Kevin Bordewick said. "And it cost us, there's no other way to put it.

"Obviously they're a very good team, but we did that to ourselves. …

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