RED OAK — Creston reached the semifinal round of the rugged Red Oak Tournament Saturday, falling to eventual champion Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln after going 2-1 in the preliminary pool round.
Creston (10-5) lost its first match of the day to eventual runner-up Red Oak, 21-12, 21-15. The Panthers then dominated Atlantic 21-16, 21-6; and then captured a key victory over Treynor, 21-17, 19-21, 15-12.
Creston coach Polly Luther said it was a successful preliminary round for her team.
“We played with Red Oak in that first round, and handled Atlantic pretty well,” Luther said. “Treynor is a pretty good team, and we got it done with them. We really turned on our passing, which allowed us to get more balls up to target. We had the lead most of the third game. Our kids have been really good about playing hard to the end.”
AL got past the Panthers, 25-16, 25-19 before beating Red Oak in the finals, 25-18, 25-16. Red Oak defeated Clarinda in the other semifinal match, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11.
“I was very impressed with how we played in the semifinals,” Luther said. “AL is very big, and very experienced. They really get up and hit the ball at you. I remind myself that I look out there, and I see sophomores and juniors. The more experience we get, the better we’re going to be.”
Middle hitter Natalie Mostek had a big day at the net for the Panthers and was named to the all-tournament team. She led the Panthers with 19 kills and nine blocks for the day.
However, she suffered an ankle injury Sunday in the homecoming Powder Puff football game, and her status is “questionable” for Tuesday’s home match against Class 3A third-ranked Carroll Kuemper.
“She was walking on it later (Sunday) night, which is a good thing,” Luther said. “She was elevating it and getting ice on it. But it’s been hurt and compromised. We really won’t know until Monday.”
Creston pool results
Red Oak def. Creston 21-12, 21-15.
Creston def. Atlantic 21-16, 21-6.
Creston def. Treynor 21-17, 19-21, 15-12.
Atlantic def. South Page 25-12, 25-16.
Treynor def. Denison-Schleswig 25-18, 25-12.
Red Oak def. Clarinda 18-25, 25-23, 15-11
Abraham Lincoln def. Creston 25-16, 25-19
Abraham Lincoln def. Red Oak 25-18, 25-16
All-tournament — Kate Walker and Angela Mahoney, Red Oak; Natalie Mostek, Creston; Gracie Myers and Tracy Purdy, Treynor; Darcy Sunderman and Jenny Bair, Clarinda; Samantha Bohnet, Bailee Gofta and Victoria Krohn, Abraham Lincoln.
Digs — Alli Thomsen 19, Haylee LaMasters 18, Jami Sickels 15.
Serving (aces) — LaMasters 35-36, Thomsen 27-27, Hanna Luther 39-40 (4), Natalie Mostek 18-19 (2), Sickels 19-20 (1), Brenna Baker 16-18.
Attacks (kills) — Mostek 19, Sydney Dunphy 10, Angie Sorensen 8, Jenna Taylor 8, Ashley Harris 7, Luther 7, Marie Hood 4, Nicole Haley 4.
Setting (assists) — Luther 59.
Blocks — Mostek 9, Sorensen 1, Dunphy 1.