IHS senior Taylor Howland had 7 kills during the Lady Bulldogs’ 3-0 start at the LCHS Quad on Thursday, August 30. Nick Dailey | Staff Photo
IHS senior Taylor Howland had 7 kills during the Lady Bulldogs’ 3-0 start at the LCHS Quad on Thursday, August 30. Nick Dailey | Staff Photo
After a phenomenal 2017 season, the Independence High School Lady Bulldogs are back on the court and looking to earn a trip to the State Tournament with a talented roster that returns a strong core of seniors and juniors. Indy opened the season in Altamont on Thursday, August 30 for the LCHS Quad, picking up three big wins over Pittsburgh, Parsons and host Labette County to begin the season 3-0. In its first match of 2018, the Lady ‘Dogs took on Pittsburgh, pulling out a 25-20 win in the first set before dominating the Purple Dragons in the second set 25-13 to get the win. Next up, IHS battled the Lady Grizzlies of Labette. In the toughest match of the day, Indy took the first set 25-18 but LCHS bounced back and stole the second 25-19. Independence regrouped and came out to win the third set 25-14 to come out victorious in the second match. To close out Thursday’s action, the Bulldogs faced off with Parsons. Indy came out strong, claiming the first set 25-12 and cruising to a 25-18 victory in the second set to finish the day 3-0. Discussing the team’s early success, IHS Head Coach Kristi Speicher said, “We had a great start. The first and third matches, the girls played great defense... we lost a little momentum against Labette County and it showed but we were able to pick up the win.” Junior Kate Gordon led the way with 11 kills and 21 service points, while Kate Kleiber had 9 kills and Kaylee Bollig had 20 service points on the day. The Lady ‘Dogs are back in action on Tuesday, September 4 at home.