Southwest Valley 3, MSM 2
CORNING — After Martensdale-St. Marys took the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-17, Southwest Valley battled back to win the final three sets 25-17, 25-19, 15-13 to take the match here Thursday.
“It was great to see my kids fight back and not give up after going down two games to none,” head coach Lindsay Wetzel said. “I changed the lineup after game one and I think that helped our offensive and defensive game.”
Marie Palmer and Sydney Maynes were both strong at the net, finishing with with 22 kills and 15 kills, respectively. Palmer recorded four total blocks, while Maynes and Marissa Drake each finished with three total blocks.
Casaundra Currin led the team with 20 setting assists, while Caitlyn Damewood added 15.
Palmer, Mikayla Dolch and Kelsey Means each finished with two aces. Kelsie Kinman led the team with 24 digs, while Sierra Sleep added 15 and Damewood had 12.
“Jade Petersen came in off the bench and did a nice job for us in the front row, and Kim Hults also picked up the defense for us after I changed up the lineup,” Wetzel said. “The girls have been working hard since August and all the offseason work is paying off.”
Petersen had two blocks and one kill, while Hults had five digs.
CARROLL — Nodaway Valley went 2-1 in pool play before losing to eventual tournament champion South Central Calhoun in the semifinals here Saturday.
The Wolverines defeated Humboldt 2-1 and Ar-We-Va 2-0 before losing to IKM, Manning 2-1 in pool play. South Central Calhoun, 26-3 for the season, swept the Wolverines in the semis.
Megan McIntosh finished with 19 kills for the tournament and Christine Gross added 16. Sidney Hohertz finished with nine and Megan Eblen totaled eight.
Josie Carter, Katy Ehrsam and Gross all finished with three aces for the tournament. Carter totaled 34 assists and nine digs. Ehrsam led the Wolverines with 20 digs and Gross finished with 19.
“Our girls came out and pushed hard the first two games and we were able to start the day off with two victories,” head coach Hannah West said. “South Central Calhoun was an outstanding team. Our girls did all they could, but we just couldn’t stop their fast-paced offense. Overall, I think we made some big strides and we are all happy with fourth place at a very tough tournament.”
CORYDON —Murray went 5-0 at the Wayne Tournament here on Saturday, winning the tournament championship.
The Mustangs didn’t lose a single set throughout the tournament, with wins over Melcher-Dallas, Central Decatur, Moravia, Southeast Warren and Moravia a second time.
Hannah Barber had a big tournament with 40 kills and 10 aces on 54-of-57 serving. She also finished 22-22 in serve receive and had four blocks with 20 digs.
Megan Oswald recorded 20 kills and 10 blocks, going 23-26 on serve receive and contributing a team-high 22 digs. Cheyanne Ashby finished with 17 kills and nine blocks. Jade Lecy totaled 12 kills and 13 blocks.
Kate Patton served 59-of-60 with 11 aces and set 46 assists.
The Mustangs, now 10-0 for the season, return to action today at Bussey against Twin Cedars.
AFTON — Shenandoah went 5-0 on the way to a tournament championship of the East Union Invitational Saturday.
The Fillies went 3-0 in pool play, taking victories over Winterset, East Mills and Mount Ayr, before topping Lamoni in the semifinals, 25-16, 22-25, 17-15. To win the title, the Fillies defeated Martensdale-St. Marys in straight sets, 25-20, 25-19.
Martensdale-St. Marys went undefeated in its pool in a field that included Lamoni, East Union and Orient-Macksburg. The Blue Devils beat Winterset in the other semifinal.
Blue pool — Shenandoah 3-0, Winterset 2-1, East Mills 1-2, Mount Ayr 0-3.
White pool — Martensdale-St. Marys 3-0, Lamoni 2-1, East Union 1-2, Orient-Macksburg 0-3.
Semifinals — Shenandoah def. Lamoni 25-16, 22-25, 17-15; Martensdale-St. Marys def. Winterset, 27-25, 25-16.
Third place — Winterset def. Lamoni, 25-17, 25-18.
Finals — Shenandoah def. Martensdale-St. Marys, 25-20, 25-19.