EARL WATT • Leader & Times
The Lady Redskins have put together a solid season and is in position to host a Sub-State tournament if they can finish strong.
Liberal is currently third in the Class 6A West standings, and the top four will host.
Garden City currently sits fourth at 15-9, and the Lady Redskins have defeated the Lady Buffaloes three times so far this season and will face the Lady Buffaloes two more times.
Liberal maintained their position with two wins Tuesday over Scott City and Holcomb in The Big House.
The Lady Redskins started off with Scott city, and despite a significant height advantage for the Lady Redskins, the Lady Beavers didn’t let their smaller size be an excuse. Scott City found ways to dig the kill shots from the Lady Redskins and kept the match close, but Liberal maintained a lead throughout the first set and came away with a 24-18 win.
The Lady Redskins fell behind early in the second set but battled back and dominated late in a 25-19 win to take the match.
Keyona Hall led the Lady Redskins with eight kills, and Jenna Ormiston had seven.
The Lady Redskins face another shorter team in the second match of the day, and again the Lady Longhorns proved to be able to negate much of the height advantage.
But blocks at the net and solid defensive play allowed the Lady Redskins to come away with a 25-17 win in Set 1.
Holcomb battled strong in the second set, and the two teams were only one or two point apart late before the Lady Redskins put the set away 25-23 to take the match.
Rye Hallman had seven kills in the win.
Liberal will travel to Garden City Tuesday for the final dual of the season, and the Lady Redskins will host the Western Athletic Conference Tournament saturday, Oct. 15.
The wins extended Liberal’s winning streak to 12.
“I told them they can beat any team they have come up against,” Liberal coach Katie Garcia said. “They are starting to believe that. I am happy that no matter if they fall behind, they know they can win.”
And size doesn’t always matter.
“I told the girls these scrappy teams are the toughest to beat,” she said. “They are small, but they are tough.”