It was a busy day for many of the Garden City High School fall sports teams.
In addition to the home boys soccer game against Dodge City, three other teams were in competitions and one was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The Garden City Buffalo volleyball team is on a hot streak as of late as they have now won four in a row and six out of their last eight matches.
Thursday, the Buffs extended their streak by defeating Maize South 16-25, 25-22, 25-17 and host Wichita Heights 25-15, 25-16.
“We got off to a slow start again, but once we were able to settle down, many of our players contributed to the win,” head coach Trista Bailey said. “Our back row played especially well. Remi Vargas helped us mix things up offensively and our hitters — Reagan Karlin, Josie Calzonetti and Adisyn Swan — gave us kills when we needed them.”
Karlin led the team with 12 kills against Heights and 21 against South. Vargas had 40 assists against South and 23 versus Heights. Lindsey Richmeier came up with 16 digs against South and 10 against Heights.
Bailey said the Buffs are focusing on eliminating the slow starts.
“We need to be bring our focus with us the minute we step off the bus and go through our warm-ups,” Bailey said. “This is something we have addressed as a team and something that has been a focal point during our practices.”
The Buffs (19-8) now have a week to get ready for the final meet of the regular season, before the WAC tournament (Oct. 14), as they will host the Dodge City Demons and the Ulysses Tigers Thursday at The Garden. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The Garden City High School girls tennis team made it three team titles in a row this week, winning Thursday’s five-team tournament at Hutchinson.
It was the pair of doubles teams that carried the Buffs to the team title. Their 13 points finished one point ahead of host Hutchinson.
No. 1 Alexis Powell and Madison Bellows swept their four matches as did the No. 2 doubles unit of Allyson Becker and Ann Douglas. No. 2 singles Taryn Tabor went 3-1, finishing second while No. 1 singles Carson Linenberger had the toughest draw of the day, going 2-2 and placing third.
The Buffs are heading into the downward side of their busiest week of the season, and they will travel on Saturday to the McPherson Invitational (10 a.m. start) and then head to Dodge City on Monday for the WAC tournament. Thus, they will have played five tournaments in nine days by the end of Monday.
The Hutchinson Invitational always provides the Garden City Buffaloes with a crystal-ball look at some of the teams they will see either in regional and/or state competition a couple of weeks down the road.
That was the case again Thursday, when the Buffs competed at Carey Park Golf Course against 17 other schools.
The Buffs shot a four-player score of 369, and finished seventh in the field of 18 schools.
Sophomore Alyssa McMillen once again led the team with a score of 90 on the par-71 Carey Park layout. That gave her a 17th-place individual finish.
The team total was the low of the season for the Buffs, and coach Jacob Waller was reasonably pleased with the balance of the scores.
“I thought things went pretty well, considering it was the toughest field we’ve played against,” Waller said. “We didn’t have any low scores, but we were more bunched together. The girls got to see some really good players in the tournament.”
Morgan Cabral and Elena Lemke were right behind with scores of 91 and 92, respectively, while Kaylee Keller’s 96 rounded out the scoring for the Buffs. Grace Yi (110) and Annika Wood (122) had non-counting scores.
Trinity’s Hanna Hawks and Madison Slayton went 1-2 in the individual competition with scores of 72 and 74, while Hays’ Karee Dinkel, the top player in the Western Athletic Conference, tied for third with Kenni Henson of Derby with a 75.
The Buffs will close out their regular season on Tuesday when they travel to Great Bend for the final WAC tournament of the year. They trail Hays in the team title chase.
Due to inclement weather, the Canon City, Colo., Invitational in which the GCHS Buffs were scheduled to run, was cancelled.
The Buffs are awaiting word to see if they can enter Saturday’s Newton Invitational as a substitute for the Colorado trip.
Next up on the schedule would be the Oct. 7 El Dorado Invitational. The Buffs will host the Western Athletic Conference meet on Oct. 12 at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.