The Lady Tigers volleyball team captured a third place finish at the T-Bird Invitational.

It takes a little while for the St. John Tigers volleyball team to really get started, usually losing the first match and then coming back with abandon and winning the second match.

That happened at the start of the season last Tuesday at home, first taking a loss from Halstead 16-25, 18-25, and then defeating the Burrton Chargers 25- 20, 25-23.

Same thing happened last Saturday at the 42th annual T-Bird Invitational held at Pratt Community College.

Once again the Lady Tigers took another defeat, this time from Pratt 14-25, 15-25, then doing a complete about-face against the Wichita Defenders, coming back in two sets taking match 25-22, 25- 20.

St. John then went up against the Medicine Lodge Indians. Leading all the way except for one early tie (1-1), the Lady Tigers took the first set 25-19.

Down by four 1-5 in the second set, the Tigers came storming back to not only take the lead, but in a big way, winning the set 25-15 and take their second match of the day, allowing the second place Tigers in the White Pool to advance on to the semi’s against Pretty Prairie who placed first in the Blue Pool.

Pretty Prairie’s height and strength was just too much for the Tigers in the first set as St. John went down, losing 16- 25.

The second set was better except for the final few points as the Lady Tigers were leading by two set points 24-22, 24-23, but the Lady Bulldogs rallied, tied the score 24-24 and won the second set and match 24-26.

The Tigers wound up playing the Skyline Thunderbirds for third place honors. St. John led the entire way as they took 10-3 lead and never looked back, defeating the T-Birds 25-10. The second set was more the same as the Lady Tigers led all the way, getting a 25-13 win and the match for third place.

Caveats go to the entire Lady Tiger team for their showing against the Wichita Defenders, which was no easy task. Also to freshman Katie Burke for her consistent showing from behind the line, serving hard serves that set the opposing teams back on their heels.

St. John’s next event will be on Tuesday, September 12th at Macksville’s quad, facing off against Stafford, Burrton and Macksville.