The Kiowa County volleyball team played in the Satanta pre-season tournament on August 25, taking second place against South Central.

The Kiowa County High School volleyball team played in the pre-season tournament in Satanta on August 25, taking second place after being defeated by the South Central Timberwolves in the championship match in three sets.

The Lady Mavericks beat Moscow, Satanta, Stanton County and Sublette before facing off with South Central in the final match with the scores: 19-25, 25-11, and 19-25.

“[We] played well for the first time out,” said head coach Randy Fulton. “[But we] need to clean up some easy mistakes and take care of the ball.”

After losing four seniors off of last year’s team, Fulton said he is looking for new leaders to step up to fill those spots so the team can reach their goal to qualify for the state tournament.

The Lady Mavericks qualified for the 2A state tournament last year with a record of 36-6, however, so Fulton said there is the potential to qualify again— especially with five returning players to the varsity team.

“I really feel like we have the nucleus to make this happen,” Fulton said. “If we can continue to improve each day, we should be close to reaching our goals by postseason play.”

Practicing from 3:30 to 6 p.m. every day, Fulton said there are a majority of upperclassmen this year with six seniors, two juniors, one sophomore, and one freshman, but there are only five returners from last year—five are newcomers—so, it will be crucial for new players to step into leadership roles.

“I thought all my seniors did a nice job leading and playing their role,” Fulton said. “My young kids also did well.”

This year’s seniors include Mallory Powell, Brecken VandenHoek, Karson Ross, Cambrey Ballard, Hannah Melton, and Brooke Oberle.

The Lady Mavericks will play again in Dodge City on September 4 when they take on Dodge City, Spearville and Great Bend.