Lancers cap off breakout volleyball season with 3rd place finish in state 6A tourney

Shawnee Mission East salutes the crowd after claiming third place. Contributed by Kaitlyn Stratman/The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East salutes the crowd after claiming third place. Contributed by Kaitlyn Stratman/The Harbinger

By Charles Redfield

Topeka – Shawnee Mission East completed one of its best volleyball season in the 21st Century placing third at the Class 6A state volleyball tournament Saturday at the Kansas Expocentre.

The Lancers captured the third-place trophy by beating Manhattan 25-16 and 25-17. The Lancers finished second in pool play on Friday and met Olathe Northwest in the semi-finals Saturday morning.

They won the first game 25-20, but dropped the next two, 25-10 and 25-17.

“We played well as a team and they worked hard in practice,” Phillips said. “We did a great job as a team.”

She didn’t want to single out any players. “The whole team played well and don’t want to single out anyone,” she said.

The third-year coach praised her seniors Ally Offerdahl, Emma Henderson, Claire Pottenger and Sarah Maddox.

And she praised the defense and especially junior libero Alexandra Huffman.

The Lancers return eight players from their state tournament roster, including three freshman in Brigid Wentz, Alexandra Slaughter and Camryn Gossick.

SM East won back-to-back state titles in 1981 and 1982.