ALTAMONT — In Labette County’s home opening volleyball tri on Tuesday, the Grizzlies played a pair of three-set matches against Chanute and Independence. The two three-setters were the fifth and sixth matches in a row for the Grizzlies that went to a tiebreaking set.

Labette County opened the evening with a 2-1 (25-18, 11-25, 25-15) win over the Chanute Blue Comets.

Anna Dean paced the Grizzlies with nine kills and three blocks while adding six digs and two aces in the match. 

Shelbi Wilson tallied 18 assists for Labette County while Karsyn Stewart added seven digs.

“We battled to get the win versus Chanute, but we keep making things hard on ourselves by erring at terrible times,” Labette County head coach Heather Wilson said. “We have to get tougher both mentally and physically in the clutch in the second game so that we don’t give teams confidence and let them slip in and take a win from us.”

Labette County followed up its three-set win over Chanute with a 2-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-19) loss to the Independence Bulldogs.

Dean again led the Grizzlies with eight kills and 18 digs while adding four aces.

Claire Carnahan had 15 digs while Shelbi Wilson amassed 31 assists and 12 digs.

“Our digging as general whole was really weak tonight,” Wilson said. “We can’t get a hand on every ball for sure, but we can pick up more than we did.”

Wilson acknowledged the play of Dean and setter Shelbi Wilson after the matches.

“I was pleased with Anna’s Dean’s composure in the clutch, and I think she and my setter, Shelbi, are finally starting to click offensively, so that’s encouraging,” Wilson said. 

With the Tuesday home split, the Grizzlies are now 6-3 on the season.

“We were really excited to host ballgames with Chanute and Indy tonight, but I was not really pleased with our play. I think we create too many valleys when we should just continue to press on,” Wilson said. “We will go to work and continue to get better.”

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