McClave volleyball's Kiniston sisters not enough to take down Kit Carson

Ken Hamrick
LA Junta Tribune
McClave High School's McKayla Kiniston (12) hits the ball over the net in Tuesday's match, while her sister, McKenzie, stands by. The Cardinals lost the match in three sets.

It looked as though it was going to be a typical Top 15 matchup on Tuesday as the Class 1A 11th-ranked McClave High School volleyball team hosted ninth-ranked Kit Carson.

At least it did in the first set as the Cardinals put up a fight but lost to the Wildcats 25-21.

The final two sets were all Kit Carson, which won both sets by identical scores of 25-11.

It was the first loss of the season for McClave, ending the Cardinals' seven-match winning streak.

"I thought we just fell apart because we weren't together as a team, we were playing as individuals," McClave coach Melissa Steinbrunn said. "But when we play together, we can create so good and that's what we saw in the first set. We were taking them point for point, taking points from them and making them make little mistakes versus us making those mistakes." 

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Among McClave's leaders are the Kiniston sisters, McKayla and McKenzie. McKayla is a senior, while McKenzie is a freshman.

McKenzie said that she and her sister are having fun in their only season of competition together at the high school level.

"I love playing with McKenzie," Makayla said. "She's my best friend and anything I can do to make her better and anything she can do to make me better, we try to do that all the time. We just feed off each other constantly and we love it so much."

McClave (7-1, 2-1 High Plains League) will next play another league match at Eads on Friday. The Cardinals will then head to Stratton on Saturday to take on Stratton/Liberty.

Tribune-Democrat reporter Ken Hamrick can be reached by email atKHamrick1@gannett.com