East Union 3, Nodaway Valley 2
GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley and East Union waged a good Pride of Iowa Conference volleyball battle here Tuesday night, with the Eagles rallying to win, 14-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-10.
“The team really pulled together to get the win,” said East Union coach Gail Thatcher. “Kali Mertens led the team in kills with 15. Courtney Phelps moved the ball around well to set up the hitters.”
Phelps finished with 33 assists. Kelsey Hoff had eight kills and Brittany Malone had seven while collecting a team-high 18 digs. Hoff served 11-11 with two aces. Phelps was 25-28 serving with an ace. McKayle Dudney was 13-14 at the line.
Megan McIntosh had 15 kills for Nodaway Valley, with Sidney Hohertz and Christine Gross each finishing with 11. Josie Carter had a team-high 27 assists and went 21-22 at the service line with an ace. Kate Ehrsam led the team with 21 digs and Hohertz added 11.
Rachel Jacobson had 10 assists and was perfect in 16 serves with two assists. McIntosh was a force at the net with four solo blocks.
We had a great start,” said NV coach Hannah West. “We felt the urgency to win every point no matter what the score was in the first game. Unfortunately we let our guard down and let East Union get the momentum and couldn’t get it back onto our side. East Union battled hard and dug up everything we hit in the last games.”
Earlham 3, Nodaway Valley 2
EARLHAM — Nodaway Valley fought back from a 2-1 deficit to win a 29-27 set, but Earlham finished off the victory with a 15-10 triumph to beat the Wolverines in five games Monday night.
Earlham won the first set 25-21, NV countered with a 25-23 win, and Earlham regained the advantage with a 25-22 win.
“The girls have improved and are really starting to play together as a team,” coach West said. “We just need to fight all the way through to the finish. We did a great job of mixing up our sets and getting all of our hitters involved. We also had great defensive plays.”
Megan McIntosh and Emily Schildberg each had 13 kills for the Wolverines. Josie Carter had 34 setting assists, Katy Ehrsam led the team with 19 digs and McIntosh had five total blocks. At the service line, Rachel Jacobson was 18-21 with four aces, Sidney Hohertz was 20-22 with two aces and Christine Gross was 17-17 with two aces.
MURRAY — Eleventh-ranked Murray wasted little time in disposing of Melcher-Dallas Tuesday, sweeping the Saints 25-6, 25-12, 25-11.
The Mustangs improved to 4-0 overall and in conference play. Melcher-Dallas fell to 3-1 in the league and 5-2 overall.
“Another well-rounded game for the Lady Mustangs,” coach Jerry Shields said. “Our serving is improving a great deal.”
Hannah Barber was 21-21 serving with five aces and Chellsea Jones finished 18-19 with five aces. As a team, Murray was 71-73 with 14 aces.
Kate Patton was 45-45 setting with 18 assists. Barber was outstanding in all phases, going 16-18 as a hitter with eight kills, along with a team-high 10 digs and 4-4 i serve receive.
Megan Oswald was 11-13 hitting with six kills, 4-4 serve receive and two blocks. Cheyanne Ashby had seven digs, went 5-6 hitting with three kills and had two blocks.
Murray hosts Orient-Macksburg tonight.
SW Valley 3, Lenox 1
LENOX — Southwest Valley dropped the first set, and then went on to defeat Lenox Tuesday night, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-19.
“We really struggled in game one with our passing and serve receive, which never allowed us to get any type of offense going,” said Southwest Valley coach Lindsay Wetzel. “We struggled with serving, especially when we were down in points and needed to put the ball down. We managed to clean up our game enough to get the win.”
Wetzel said Lenox was a scrappy team and never gave up on the ball.
“Their serving also gave our receivers issues throughout the match as well,” Wetzel said. “We have some work to do before we play Martensdale-St. Marys on Thursday.”
Sydney Maynes led the Timberwolves with 14 kills and Marie Palmer added 13. Mikayla Dolch was 14-16 serving with five aces, and Palmer went 20-22 with four aces. Kelsie Kinman served 11-14 with three aces and had 10 digs. Sierra Sleep had a team-high 11 digs.
“Our defense was no match for some kills that Palmer and Maynes had,” said Lenox coach Sara Dukes. “I was very proud of how hard and more consistent our team played.”
Katie Duke had eight kills for the Tigers, along with 11 digs and four blocks. Bethany Christensen had six assists and 11 digs. Aurora Arevalo had a team-high 12 digs and three blocks.
At the service line, Christensen was 22-25 with seven aces. Arevalo was 12-12 with three aces, Shantelle Brown was 17-17 with two aces, and Morgan Miller finished 10-11 with one ace.