Eagles sail to regional final; Wolverines ousted
|Murray's Cheyanne Ashby hits against the block attempt of East Union's Shelby Smith (5) during Friday's Class 1A regional semifinal match in Afton. East Union advanced with a 3-0 victory. (Contributed photo by CHRIS ROBINS)|
East Union defeated Murray 3-0 Friday in a Class 1A regional semifinal volleyball match in Afton, while Nodaway Valley fell 3-0 to Des Moines Christian in a Class 2A regional semifinal in Urbandale.
East Union, ranked 10th at 30-5, takes on No. 14 Grand View Park Baptist (28-6) in a regional final 7 p.m. Wednesday at Interstate 35 High School in Truro.
Unranked Des Moines Christian (27-6) faces No. 7 Treynor (29-6) in a 2A final Wednesday at Nodaway Valley High School in Greenfield.
East Union 3, Murray 0
AFTON — After a challenge in set one, East Union rolled to a 25-19, 25-7, 25-12 sweep of Murray, which finished at 14-10 for the season.
“We stayed right with them in the first game and were able to get a few blocks and slow a lot of their attacks down,” said Murray coach Jerry Shields. “In the third game Amber Friend made a couple of adjustments and started hitting outside of our blockers. When we adjusted, she went back to hitting down the line. Amber and Rochelle Means are a couple of top-notch volleyball players.”
Shelby Smith had a team-high 14 kills for East Union, while Friend finished with 11. Dusti Carlisle led the Eagles in serve receive and digs, going 17-of-18 for both. Means passed out 32 assists in moving the ball around well, according to coach Gail Thatcher.
Carlisle also served six aces and Friend had three. Smith had three blocks and went 5-5 on serve receive.
Megan Oswald had four kills, two blocks and eight digs for Murray. Ashley Rider served 8-9. Kate Patton was 38-38 setting with 12 assists.
Murray loses five seniors from its 2012 roster: Rider, Caitlyn Wier, Taylor Gilbert, Katie Fuller and Cydney Hembry.
East Union statistics
Serving — Dusti Carlisle 12-14 (6), Amber Friend 13-15 (3), Shelby Smith 16-17 (2), Kelsey Hoff 14-15 (2), Rochelle Means 7-8 (2), Brittany Malone 5-5. Team: 67-74 (91 percent).
Attacks (kills) — Smith 19-20 (14), Friend 14-17 (11), Means 7-7 (1), Chay Blondowski 5-6 (2), Hoff 3-6 (2), Malone 3-6 (2), Carlisle 2-2 (2).
Setting (assists) — Means 32, Smith 1, Malone 1.
Blocks (solo-assists) — Smith 1-2, Malone 1-1, Means 1-1, Friend 0-1, Hoff 0-1, Blondowski 1-0.
Digs — Carlisle 17, Malone 9, Smith 7, Friend 6, Means 6.
Serve receive — Carlisle 17-18, Smith 5-5, Malone 5-9.
Attacks (kills) — Megan Oswald 9-15 (4), Cheyanne Ashby 10-12 (3), Hannah Barber 4-4 (3), Ashley Rider 6-6 (2).
Serving (aces) — Rider 8-9, Courtney Siefkas 5-6 (1), Kate Patton 6-7, Barber 6-7. Team: 34-39 (87.2 percent)
Setting (assists) — Patton 38-38 (12).
Digs — Oswald 8, Barber 3.
Blocks — Ashby 2, Oswald 2, Madison Gonseth 2.
Serve receive — Oswald 12-14, Ashby 7-10, Barber 8-12, Caitlyn Weir 6-7.
DM Christian 3, Nodaway Valley 0
URBANDALE — Des Moines Christian swept Nodaway Valley 25-17, 25-16, 25-14.
Senior Kylee Thiner had 14 kills and served 16-16 for Des Moines Christian (27-6). Brynn Reichardt added eight kills, Olivia Rasmussen compiled 22 digs and Morgan Conn served 17-17 with two aces.
Junior Christine Gross had a team-high five kills for Nodaway Valley, which bowed out at 13-17. Megan McIntosh and Sydney Reeves each had four. McIntosh served 10-10 with an ace, and Ashley Thompson served 13-13 with one ace.
Sophomore Sidney Hohertz had two solo blocks. Junior Megan Eblen had a team-high 13 digs. Senior Shelby Venteicher had 12 setting assists. As a team, Nodaway Valley served 91 percent (43-47).
Seniors on NV’s varsity squad Friday were Lisa Marnin, Venteicher, Thompson and Reeves.
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