Girls receive home court advantage

The Lady T-Birds have a home court advantage at the Sub-State volleyball tournament.

It was predicted that it would be held at home, and it was announced officially at the end of September that the tournament would be held in the Thunderdome on Oct. 26. This is the first time that Skyline has hosted Sub-State since 2008.

“I’m excited about playing at home,” varsity coach Summer Younie said.

Sub-State is held in a different place every year. Last year it was held at Sterling, where the Lady T-Birds took first to earn their trip to State Volleyball in Emporia. Younie said that day was up and down for the girls.

“At the beginning of each set we did not play well,” Younie said. “I think we gave Medicine Lodge 16 points before we got into our groove. It just wasn’t very consistent in the beginning.”

During a set against South Barber at the first quad of the season, junior Alyssa Swonger goes up for a kill. Swonger leads the team with 131 kills. The Lady T-Birds beat South Barber twice this season and currently have a record of 21-7. photo by a. allphin

During a set against South Barber at the first quad of the season, junior Alyssa Swonger goes up for a kill. Swonger leads the team with 131 kills. The Lady T-Birds beat South Barber twice this season and currently have a record of 21-7. photo by a. allphin

Younie has high hopes for State success in Emporia again on Nov. 2. The team needs to be aggressive, and they are striving to bring home a banner for the gym to wrap up their season.

“We don’t really have a standout player like we have in the past,” Younie said. “We have some really steady and consistent players, and if they stay consistent and on the same page then we shouldn’t have any problems.”

Younie said the team needs to work on their right blocking coverage and defense. The teams the girls need to beat at Sub-State have strong outside hitters.

“A key to our success is going to be to shut these hitters down,” Younie said. “You can’t win matches if you don’t attack back at them.”

The team accomplished their goal of winning regular season league play, and travel to Norwich tomorrow to defend their title as League Tournament Champions. It starts at 9 a.m.

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