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Monday, 18 September 2017 09:47


The Lady Redskins show their championship medals Saturday after turning in a 4-1 performance. Liberal opened with a loss to Meade, but recovered to advance to the championship in a rematch with the Lady Buffaloes, and despite dropping the first set 28-26, the Lady Redskins won the final two sets to avenge the earlier loss and earn the tournament title. L&T photo/Earl Watt


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With Machia Mullens on the bench with her ankle wrapped after an injury in Dodge City earlier in the week, the Lady Redskins had a rough start to open their home tournament Saturday, but they adjusted to advance to the final and win the event, avenging a loss to the Meade Lady Buffaloes for the title.

Liberal was never in the first match of the day against Meade, losing the first set 13-25 and then dropping the match with a 22-25 loss.alt

But after that, the Lady Redskins came away with a win over Colby and then needed three sets to knock off Wichita Southeast after dropping the first set.

The back-to-back wins allowed the Lady Redskins to advance to the championship bracket as the No. 2 seed form their pool, and they faced the No. 1 seed Pratt Lady Greenbacks in the first match of the Final Four.

The Lady Redskins were able to come away with the win while Meade knocked off Hugoton to advance to the championship.

The rematch was a see-saw battle before the Lady Redskins pulled ahead in the first set, 22-19.

But the Lady Buffaloes rallied tot ie the game 23-23, and Meade was able to come away with a 28-26 win in the first set.

The Lady Redskins jumped out to a big lead in the second set, 19-9, but the Lady Buffaloes went on another late run to cut into the Liberal lead. The Lady Redskins were able to get the win in the second set, 25-20.

In the deciding third set, Meade started with a lead before the Lady Redskins were able to rally early and keep the Lady Buffaloes just out of reach for the win.

“The girls were phenomenal after that first match,” Liberal coach Taryn Dinh said. “I give all the credit to them. I put them through so many rotations this season, but our defense. The defense was relentless, and that is what it took to win today.”

Learning how to win the close matches may be the biggest pay-off of the day.

“It is so important for them to have a couple wins like that, especially when we are getting in to the later half of the season,” Dinh said. “I could not be more proud of them to push it in that last set and finish.”

But Dinh was already looking ahead to Sept. 26 when the Lady Redskins travel back to Dodge City.

“We have a decent tri coming up at Dodge with Garden,” she said. “I’m excited for that. We wanted to play Dodge today. We wanted to get that one back. We play them again, and we plan on getting that one back.”




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