Creston’s junior varsity won the Panther Invitational Saturday, beating Red Oak in the finals, 21-19, 18-21, 15-9.
The Panther JV started the day by winning seven of eight sets in pool play.
Ashley Harris had 21 kills for the day for the Panthers, now 12-2-1. Ashley Bargstadt had eight ace serves.
“It’s always great winning a home tournament!” said coach Jessie McClellan. “After losing to Red Oak in the second set of the championship match, we talked about finishing and taking advantage of each ball. Then they went out and did just that. Our girls are slowly learning, even expecting to win. I’m proud of them.”
Red Oak won the freshman division of the tournament. Clarinda was second, Nodaway Valley third and Creston fourth.
The Panthers split with Nodaway Valley and lost pool play matches to Red Oak and Clarinda. Nodaway Valley then topped the Panthers in the consolation match, 21-14, 23-21.
“Other than our opening match against Red Oak, I felt we were very competitive,” Creston freshman coach Mike McCabe said. “It was a tough loss in the consolation. We had several chances with set point and could not finish it.”
Pool play — Creston def. Clarke 21-7, 21-14; Creston tied Red Oak 21-15, 18-21; Creston def. Clarinda 21-14, 21-11; Creston def. Nodaway Valley 21-12, 21-13.
Championship — Creston def. Red Oak 21-19, 18-21, 15-9.
Pool play — Red Oak def. Creston 21-6, 21-5; Creston tied Nodaway Valley 20-22, 21-13; Clarinda def. Creston 21-11, 21-18.
Consolation — Nodaway Valley def. Creston 21-14, 23-21.
Championship — Red Oak def. Clarinda.