Up until Thursday, the Hays High School volleyball team hasn’t played many matches compared to some teams in the state.
That will all change during the next week or so.
And what Hays High coach Christin Nunnery saw Thursday at the HHS Triangular at the HHS gym was enough to get the Indians started on the right foot for a grueling stretch in the next few days.
Hays High went 2-1, beating Salina South and Norton and losing to Abilene.
“We’ve played 14 matches up until today, and we’ll play 13 in the next eight days,” Nunnery said. “If you can get on a roll, that’s awesome because you’re pushing through 13 matches really quick. You don’t have a lot of time to fix things because it’s all right here. So you have to work on the things you’ve already been taught and let’s get it going together.”
Despite not having a numerous amount of matches so far, the Indians (12-5) have turned some heads in the volleyball world. This week, HHS was ranked No. 9 in the latest Kansas Volleyball Association poll in Class 4A Division I.
The Indians’ lone loss Thursday came to the Cowgirls, ranked No. 6 in the same poll.
“This team has so much talent that we can go win volleyball games playing average volleyball,” Nunnery said. “That’s one of the things we’ve been working on is you really have to take it to a team when you have as much talent as we have. Missed serves, hitting the ball out of bounds, we gave away a lot of points tonight. That’s one of the things we really have to work on. But, overall, I feel we should walk away pleased because we played average volleyball and walked away with two wins.”
Hays High opened the day with a 25-17, 25-20 win against Salina South.
Sophomore Tasiah Nunnery led the way with eight kills and 11 assists, and junior Hannah McGuire finished with 17 assists. Junior Kallie Leiker had 15 digs, and junior Jaycee Dale had seven assisted blocks.
After dropping the first set to Abilene 25-11, the Indians rebounded to win the second, 25-20. But the Cowgirls edged the Indians in the decider, 25-17.
Tasiah Nunnery finished with nine kills, and junior Savannah Schneider added eight. McGuire had 17 assists, and Dale had six. Leiker had a team-high 18 digs.
After starting out sluggish against Norton, the Indians pulled away for a 25-17, 25-11 win to close the day.
Tasiah Nunnery had eight kills and six digs, and McGuire finished with 12 assists.
The HHS coach said the team didn’t play its best at times during the triangular, but still were able to come away with a pair of victories.
“I told them to hold their heads high,” she said. “We have 10 matches between now and next Thursday. We don’t have time to be upset. We have to turn around and be ready for Saturday.”
The Indians also found out Thursday where they will play for sub-state on Oct. 21. HHS will travel to Ulysses and be paired again with the Tigers, McPherson and Buhler. McPherson was ranked No. 4 in 4ADI this week, while Ulysses was at No. 10.
“We knew, more than likely, we were going back to Ulysses,” Nunnery said. “And it’s the same four teams that have been there the last couple years. So we’ve seen Ulysses. We haven’t seen McPherson or Buhler. But we’ll be ready come sub-state. WAC is one of our biggest goals, so we’re getting prepared for that first.”
Hays High will be at Great Bend on Saturday.