Lady Ravens Claim 3rd Place Honors at NEK League Championship

The SBCS Lady Ravens ended their season with a 3rd Place finish at the Northeast Kansas League Championship tournament. The top-three finish is the best finish for SBCS volleyball in six years.

SBCS, the number four seed in the tournament, came out strong from the very beginning of the day, posting wins over seventh-seeded McLouth. The Ravens won 25-16 and 25-18 to start the day on a positive note. Felicity Worsham led SBCS with five kills in the match, while Maddie Folsom added four kills. Malia DuLac finished with eleven assists. Aubrey Busenbarrick tallied four service aces.

In the second match of pool play, the Ravens faced the Jackson Heights Cobras, who earned the number 3 seed in the tournament after defeating SBCS earlier in the week. The Ravens were determined to beat the Cobras, who had stolen two wins from the Ravens. The Ravens played as a cohesive team throughout the match to earn 25-21 and 25-20 victories. Maddie Folsom led the Ravens with six kills, and Maya DeMeritt and Averie Penning each added three kills. Maya DeMeritt led SBCS in digs with five. Malia DuLac finished with a season-high sixteen assists in the game. Strong serving powered the Ravens, as SBCS collectively served 11 aces against the Cobras.

With a 4-0 record after pool play, the Ravens earned a trip to the championship pool, playing for the league title. Other pool winners whom the Ravens faced in championship play were the JCN Chargers and the Oskaloosa Bears. The Ravens were first matched up against JCN, the regular season champions, who had amassed a perfect 8-0 record throughout league play. The Ravens came out sluggish and flat, resulting in an 18-25 loss in the first game. However, not willing to let their dreams of winning the league go away too easily, the Ravens rallied from several points down to tie the second game at 24. SBCS and JCN would then trade a several match points, until the Ravens ultimately fell 28-30 after multiple serving errors at key times. Felicity Worsham and Maddie Folsom each posted four kills in the game. Maya DeMeritt, Malia DuLac, and Averie Penning each posted two kills. Maddie Folsom led the team in digs with five, while Maya DeMeritt totaled four digs. Malia DuLac led the Ravens in assists with ten, while Maddie Folsom and Kenleigh Liggett also contributed with their two assists apiece. Maddie Folsom and Malia DuLac played a huge role in the Raven comeback with their serves, each posting four aces in the midst of big runs for SBCS.

In the final game the season, the Ravens played second-seeded Oskaloosa. With tired legs and minds, SBCS struggled to find their groove throughout the game. SBCS fell to the Bears 17-25 and 12-25. Maya DeMeritt led all players with twelve digs and two assists. Felicity Worsham posted four digs and four kills. Kenleigh Liggett, Maddie Folsom, and Malia DuLac added two kills each. Aubrey Busenbarrick anchored the defense with four digs in the match. Malia DuLac finished with seven assists in the game, as well as leading the team with her serving, posting three aces. After defeating SBCS, Oskaloosa went on to defeat JCN in two straight sets, thus winning the NEK League crown.

The Ravens ended the 2016 season with an 11-9 record, to post the first winning season for SBCS in three years. SBCS volleyball has plenty to be proud of after a stellar season. Congratulations on 3rd Place in the NEK League, Lady Ravens! 


Ravens Play Well to Earn Win Over McLouth before Dropping a Nailbiter to Jackson Heights

The SBCS Lady Ravens finished out their regular season on Monday night at Jackson Heights. The Ravens breezed to an opening match victory over McLouth 25-13 and 25-16. The match proved to be a good warm-up before they faced a stronger Jackson Heights team. The Ravens opened the second match with a 25-17 victory over the host Cobras in game one. Building a big lead, SBCS looked to be closing in on a sweep. However, that lead would later disappear, and ended up costing the Ravens in game two, as they fell 21-25. SBCS again came out strong to start, but by the halfway mark in the deciding set, the teams were exchanging points back and forth, and it remained neck and neck to the final point. The Cobras ultimately prevailed 27-25, to spoil the otherwise strong night for the Ravens.

The Raven JV team played four close matches to close out their season. Despite the Ravens being within striking distance of the win in every single game, SBCS was held out of the win column in their final night of play. SBCS fell to the McLouth Bulldogs 18-25 and 20-25. SBCS then executed great team play, as the host Cobras barely outlasted the Raven attack that resulted in a pair of 23-25 losses. The Raven JV team finished their 2016 season with a 3-9 record. Congratulations to the SBCS JV volleyball team on their great effort and teamwork throughout the season.

The SBCS Varsity will play in the NEK League volleyball tournament on Saturday, October 1. The tournament will be held on the campus of the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Game times will be determined by the tournament seedings, which will be announced mid-week. The Ravens will enter the tournament with a 7-5 overall record, and a 5-3 record in the NEK. Good luck to the Lady Ravens as they compete for a league title! 


Lady Ravens Play Well to Secure a Sweep on 8th Grade Night

The SBCS volleyball teams played well at their last home game of the season to secure big wins. The 8th graders were celebrated tonight with a special recognition after the game. SBCS volleyball has enjoyed strong leadership on and off the court this year, thanks to eleven 8th graders. Those 8th graders are Isabelle Beagle, Aubrey Busenbarrick, Rylee Crowell, Maya DeMeritt, Malia DuLac, Emilee Falk, Maddie Folsom, Kenleigh Liggett, Taylor McKibben, Averie Penning, and Felicity Worsham.

The SBCS Varsity volleyball team first defeated the Valley Falls Dragons for the second time in four days. The Ravens stumbled in the first game 20-25, before going on to secure 25-21 and 25-17 wins over Valley Falls. The Lady Ravens then went on to defeat Atchison Middle School later in the evening. SBCS dominated the first game 25-11, and then hung on to win 26-24 in the second game.

On the JV side of the court, the Lady Ravens also came together as a team to secure a much-needed team win. The Ravens lost a nail-biter to Valley Falls for the second time this week, falling 25-21 and 25-23. The Ravens completed several good plays, but just couldn’t clinch the victory. However, in the second match of the night, SBCS played one of their best games of the season, posting 25-16 and 25-17 wins over cross-town rival Atchison Middle School.

The Ravens, now 6-4 on the season, and 4-2 in the NEK League look to end their season on a strong note next week. SBCS travels to Jackson Heights next Monday, September 26, to play Jackson Heights and McLouth at approximately 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Good luck to the Lady Ravens!


Lady Ravens Post Great Team Wins

The Lady Ravens swept both Pleasant Ridge and Valley Falls on Monday night, in one of their strongest performances of the season. SBCS defeated Pleasant Ridge 25-17 and 25-15. The Ravens dominated in all phases of the game, amassing season highs in digs and kills. The Ravens then defeated the Valley Falls Dragons 25-23 and 25-21 in a much closer match. The victory over Valley Falls was the first win for the Ravens against the Dragons in six years.

The Lady Raven JV team did not have the same fortune on their side of the court, falling to both Pleasant Ridge and Valley Falls in two sets each. SBCS struggled on serve receive, and on terminating the play, thus making wins hard to come by.

With the wins on Monday night, the Lady Raven varsity team improved their overall record to 4-4 and their NEK League record to 4-2.

SBCS will take on Valley Falls and Atchison Middle School on Thursday night, September 22, at the Maur Hill Mount Academy Gym. Game times for the Ravens are 4:30 and approximately 6:30pm. Good luck to the Lady Ravens! 


Cobras Strike and Sweep Ravens

The Jackson Heights Cobras swept the Ravens on Thursday night, defeating both the JV and Varsity volleyball teams in two straight sets.

The Lady Ravens came out to a slow start in the Varsity game, dropping the first game 11-25. Serve receive was a constant battle, as the Ravens struggled to break several strong serving streaks by the Cobras. SBCS bounced back in the second game to build a big lead, only to see the lead evaporate in the last few points of the game, ultimately falling 22-25.

The Lady Raven JV team faced similar struggles on serve receive, as they also dropped two games to the Cobras. SBCS fell 19-25 and 14-25 in the tough Thursday night outing.

SBCS plays at Pleasant Ridge on Monday, September 19, at 4:30pm. SBCS will take on Pleasant Ridge first at 4:30pm, followed by Valley Falls at about 5:30pm. Good luck, Lady Ravens.  


SBCS Splits Matches at Immaculata

The Lady Ravens split the two games of their triangular on Monday night. SBCS first faced the Oskaloosa Bears, winning the first game 25-23, before ultimately falling 18-25 and 15-25. The Ravens played well as a team, but didn’t stay quite aggressive enough to pull out the victory. Not willing to let the loss get them down, the Ravens came back to defeat the Immaculata Raiders handily, with 25-14 and 25-15 victories.

SBCS B Team also split their matches, falling first to Oskaloosa and then defeating Immaculata. The Ravens came out playing one of their best matches of the season, with outstanding team play and communication to win the first game 25-16. However, the Ravens didn’t fare quite as well after that, as they blew a big lead in the second game to fall 24-26. In the third game, strong Oskaloosa serving propelled the Bears to a 15-7 win over the Ravens. SBCS bounced back in dominating fashion to defeat Immaculata 25-10 and 25-11 in the second match of the night.

The Lady Ravens play again on Thursday night at Jackson Heights. Game time is set for 4:30pm, prior to the football game, also featuring SBCS and Jackson Heights. Good luck! 



Lady Ravens Fall to Everest

SBCS Varsity volleyball dropped a game to Everest on Thursday, falling in two sets to the visiting Chargers. The Ravens lost with scores of 18-25 and 23-25. Struggles with serve receive and challenges with completing the third hit, hurt the Ravens throughout the game. SBCS had defeated Everest in three sets earlier this week. The loss drops the Ravens to 1-2 on the young season.

In the JV game, the Ravens fell to Everest for the second time in four days. The Ravens played well and won the first game 25-12, before breaking down for 25-9 loss in the second game. SBCS rallied briefly in the third game, but ultimately fell 12-15.

The Lady Ravens have a week off of games next week due to the Labor Day holiday, and will be back in action on Monday, September 12, at Immaculata High School. SBCS will face Oskaloosa and Immaculta in the triangular. Good luck to the Lady Ravens!


Lady Ravens Open Season with Split at Home

The SBCS Lady Ravens started their 2016 season off with a split, winning their first match against Everest, and then falling to JCN. In a battle against two Charger teams, the Ravens played well together to start the season at 1-1. The Lady Raven Varsity team came up short in the first game against Everest, with a 21-25 loss. That didn’t slow the Ravens down, as they bounced back to post a 25-22 victory, and then a 15-11 win in the deciding set.

After a short break, the Ravens were right back in action for their second match, facing a perennially tough JCN team. SBCS jumped out to a big lead in the first game, ultimately claiming a 25-12 win. The Chargers fought back for a 25-18 victory in the second game, forcing a deciding set yet again. SBCS began the third game strong, at one point holding a 10-3 lead. However, the Chargers prevailed in the end with a 16-14 final score.

At the other end of the gym, the Lady Raven JV team was also playing their way to a 1-1 split in their two matches to open the season. SBCS first faced a strong-serving Everest team. While the Ravens were doing many things right, the Chargers pulled away for 25-17 and 25-15 victories over SBCS. Not willing to let a loss get them down, the Lady Ravens surged into their second match against JCN. With better serving and passing, the Ravens won 25-19 and 25-22.

The Lady Ravens are back in action this Thursday, September 1, at 4:30pm, in the SBCS gym. JV will play at 4:30pm, and Varsity will follow at approximately 5:30pm. Good luck to the Lady Ravens!                


Lady Ravens End Season at NEK Tournament


The SBCS Lady Raven volleyball team ended the 2015 season at the NEK tournament on Saturday. The Ravens finished 9th in the League Tournament, after playing four games throughout the day.

In the first match of the day, the Ravens faced a tough JCN team. The Ravens fell to the Chargers 7-25 and 11-25. Libero Allie Gibson had five digs, and Maddie Folsom, Malia DuLac, and Libby McFerrin each had four digs. Folsom led the Ravens in attacks with five. Molly Mason and Lauren Wheeler added three attacks for the Lady Ravens.

SBCS then faced Valley Falls in the second match of pool play. The Ravens succumbed to the Dragons for the third time this season, with 14-25 and 12-25 losses. Casey Elias led the Ravens defensively with 12 digs. Libby McFerrin added seven digs. Malia DuLac posted five attacks and two assists.

All of the NEK teams were then reseeded into the Championship brackets. That seeding pitted the Ravens against a typically strong Oskaloosa team. The Ravens played their best game of the day against the Bears; however, they still fell 17-25 and 12-25. Allie Gibson led the team with eight digs, while Casey Elias, Maddie Folsom, and Malia DuLac chipped in five digs apiece. Molly Mason and Maddie Folsom both had seven attacks; and Lauren Wheeler posted two kills. Mason also added two service aces in the game.

In the final game, the Ravens played McLouth. With the Raven team tired and the Bulldog team enjoying home court advantage, the Ravens were unable to muster a win. SBCS fell 7-25 and 22-25 to McLouth. Maddie Folsom helped the Ravens with her nine digs and seven attacks. Malia DuLac ended with six digs, nine attacks, and five assists. Libby McFerrin contributed nine digs, as well as nine attacks for two kills.

Congratulations to ten 8th graders who played their final volleyball games for SBCS: Casey Elias, Allie Gibson, Emma Johnson, Molly Mason, Libby McFerrin, Rachel Olberding, Lillee Ostertag, Greta Schuele, Lauren Wheeler, and Gwen Worsham. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

The tournament closes the 2015 volleyball season for the Lady Ravens. Thanks for a fun year of SBCS Volleyball!


Lady Ravens Capture Exciting Win on 8th Grade Night

The Lady Ravens played well on 8th Grade Night to end the season at home on a high note. SBCS beat McLouth in three games, for their first league win. The Ravens won the first game 25-10, and then dropped the second game 20-25, before bouncing back to win the third game 15-11.

Malia DuLac had a strong night for the Ravens, as she tallied seven service aces, six digs, three attacks, and a season-high 11 assists. Libby McFerrin led the team in digs with 17, while adding six attacks. The Raven offense was commanded by Maddie Folsom, who had 14 attacks for six kills. Folsom also contributed six digs and four assists. Allie Gibson and Casey Elias anchored the defense for the Ravens as they combined for 15 digs. Lillee Ostertag and Lauren Wheeler also played a big role for SBCS, as they each had three kills. Molly Mason had outstanding hitting percentage, with all three of her attacks being kills.

SBCS fell in the second game of the triangular to a strong Jackson Heights team, by scores of 9-25 and 16-25. With strong serving from the Cobras, the Ravens struggled to get their offense going, as they were held to only three kills as a team. Allie Gibson had a team-high 16 digs, while Casey Elias added 11 digs. Maddie Folsom and Libby McFerrin each added eight attacks. Malia Dulac had two assists and six digs, and Molly Mason added five digs in the Lady Raven effort. On the JV side of the court, the Ravens went to three games with both McLouth and Jackson Heights.

SBCS played McLouth to begin the evening. The Ravens took the first game 25-6, but then lost the second game 22-25, before coming back to win 15-6 in the third game. In the match with Jackson Heights, the Ravens won 25-19, fell 18-25, and then ended the night with a 15-7 victory.

The Varsity Lady Ravens will end the 2015 season at the NEK League Tournament on Saturday, October 3. Games begin at 9:00am at McLouth. Best of luck to the Lady Ravens!




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