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Spartans win Graceland Invitational

Published: Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 11:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 7:46 a.m. CDT

LAMONI — Southwestern Community College rebounded from a conference loss at DMACC Wednesday to win the Graceland Invitational Saturday.

The Spartans topped conference rival Southeastern Community College in the championship match, 18-25, 25-19, 15-11.

The Spartans, now 7-2 for the season, went 2-0 in pool play by beating two Graceland University teams. That advanced them to the tournament gold round, where they beat Wentworth Military Academy in the semifinals, 25-16, 25-10.

“We had great serve receive all day from Ashley Strong, Molly Schimp and Serena Yong,” said Southwestern coach Melissa Blessington. “They were able to give passes that (setter) Cassidy Yong could deliver to our hitters. At times we struggled hitting, but relentless defense was a key for us today.”

The Spartan coach said the tournament victory builds momentum for a challenging week, starting with a home league match against NIACC at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the Highland Tournament in Kansas Friday and Saturday.

“We need to build on these wins because we have some very good competition this week,” Blessington said. “Our team is really working well together as a unit.”

SWCC 2, Graceland varsity reserve 0

Attacks (kills) — Shelby Sullivan 4, Allyso Kocour 4, Alex Duffy 4.

Blocks —  Shamell Mangrum 3, Cassidy Yong 3.

Serving (aces) — Ashley Strong 14-16 (4); Sullivan 7-7 (1); Cassidy Yong 8-8 (1).

Setting (assists) —  Cassidy Yong 16.

Digs — Molly Schimp 11, Sullivan 10, C. Yong 9.

SWCC 2, Graceland JV 0

Attacks (kills) — Kocour 7, Sullivan 5, Mangrum 5, Jenna Casey 4.

Serving (aces) — Strong 11-11 (1); C. Yong 10-10 (2).

Setting (assists) —  C. Yong 22.

Digs — Strong 7, Schimp 7.

Semifinals

SWCC 2, Wentworth Academy 0

Attacks (kills) — Sullivan 8, Mangrum 7.

Blocks — Mangrum 3.

Serving (aces) — Strong 8-8 (1); C. Yong 13-13 (1); Kocour 4-4 (1).

Setting (assists) —  C. Yong 30.

Championship

SWCC 2, Southeastern 1

Attacks (kills) — Kocour 8, Mangrum 6, Duffy 5, Sullivan 4.

Serving (aces) — Sullivan 15-16 (2).

Setting (assists) —  C. Yong 22.

Digs — Sullivan 15, Schimp 10, Strong 9.

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