ALTAMONT — Labette County is one win away from securing the SEK League title while Parsons notched its most monumental win under second-year head coach Brooke Hopper during Tuesday’s matches in Altamont.
The Grizzlies hosted Parsons, Independence and Fort Scott on Tuesday in league swan’s song set of games. Labette County faced Fort Scott and Parsons while the Vikings took on Independence and the Grizzlies.
Labette County won both of its matches, sweeping Fort Scott 2-0 (25-22, 25-14) and Parsons 2-0 (25-22, 25-11). The Grizzlies won both matches without the services of Ava Alloway, who was quarantined.
“Crazy, crazy times in America. You just never know what might transpire over the course of a day,” Labette County head coach Heather Wilson said. “I am super proud of how we handled our lineup change without our libero, who was quarantined this morning. Lauren Forbes really handled the pressure well, playing the back row for Ava.”
Against Fort Scott, Forbes had nine kills, six digs and three aces. Anna Dean had 13 digs and seven kills to go along with two blocks, while Shelbi Wilson had 26 assists, six digs and four kills.
Then in the win over Parsons, Dean tallied nine digs and eight kills. Shelbi Wilson had 18 assists, eight digs and three kills and Karsyn Stewart had eight digs, two kills and as many aces.
As for Parsons, which was fresh off a second-place finish at the Neodesha Tournament over the weekend, the Vikings pulled off a massive upset of league-leading Independence. The Vikings won in three sets 2-1 (25-8, 21-25, 25-16).
Iniya Hinman led the Vikings with 10 kills in the upset win. Ashlyn Brownewell had seven assists while Brea Odom had 12 digs.
“Our win against Independence was huge tonight,” Parsons head coach Brooke Hopper said. “We came off a great weekend that included a five-game win streak for a second place tournament placing. We used that momentum going into our first game. Our goal this season was to surprise some teams.”
The win for the Vikings was just the second league loss for Independence this season — Indy was coming off a team-wide quarantine with Tuesday being their first matches back. The Bulldogs had beaten Fort Scott earlier in the night.
“Give Parsons credit. I have been singing their praises all year and they are playing super well at the right time,” the rival head coach Wilson said. “They are playing smart and all their kids are playing well.”
In the loss to Labette County, the Vikings were paced in kills by Odom, who had seven. Brownewell had eight assists.
Parsons moved to 9-24 on the season and 1-10 in league play.
:We are doing some good things, but we are not satisfied yet. We are ready to get several more intense practices under our belt as we head into postseason,” Hopper said.
The wins for Labette County improved the Grizzlies’ mark to 23-7 overall — Labette County has won nine matches in a row — and 9-2 in league play.
Labette County, Chanute and Independence each have two league losses. Labette County has nine wins in the SEK, while Chanute as eight and Independence six.
The Grizzlies and Blue Comets travel to Independence on Thursday for a make-up match against the Bulldogs in the final league contests of the season.
If Labette County beats Independence, the Grizzlies are outright league champions. Independence needs to win both matches to claim the title, while Chanute needs to beat Independence and have the Bulldogs beat Labette County.