HUMESTON — Murray finished second at the Bluegrass Conference Tournament here on Thursday, after beating Melcher-Dallas in the semifinals and falling to Grandview Park Baptist in the finals.
The Mustangs rolled past Melcher-Dallas 25-11, 25-19, 27-25. They then fell to Grandview Park Baptist 17-25, 18-25, 10-25.
"Got defeated in the finals by a very good GVPB team," Murray head coach Jerry Shields said. "They controlled us at the net. Still an end to a very good regular season."
Hannah Barber collected 29 kills in the two matches, while also serving 23-of-25 with five aces and going 27-of-28 on serve receive. Cheyanne Ashby finished with 12 kills, while Megan Oswald added 10.
Madison Gonseth finished with four blocks, while Jade Lecy and Ashby each recorded three blocks.
Kate Patton served 28-of-30 with three aces and set 48 assists for the Mustangs, which finish the regular season 24-3. McKenzie Case led the team with 16 digs and Oswald added nine.
The Mustangs return to action tonight at home against Lamoni in regional play.
SHENANDOAH — Southwest Valley went 0-3 at the Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson Quad here on Thursday.
The Timberwolves lost 25-21, 24-26, 15-17 to Thomas Jefferson before falling to Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 17-25, 15-25 and ending the day with a 13-25, 23-25 loss to Shenandoah.
"We started off playing well against CBTJ and built some decent leads, but then would start playing flat and non-aggressive, and would let them back in it," head coach Lindsay Wetzel said. "We have to be able to side-out or get that pressure point when we need it."
Marie Palmer finished with nine kills and two blocks against Thomas Jefferson, while Caitlyn Damewood set 13 assists and Kelsie Kinman served 18-of-20 with nine aces. Sierra Sleep had a team-high 14 digs.
Against Abraham Lincoln, Palmer and Sydney Maynes each had five kills to lead the team. Casaundra Currin finished with a team-high six assists.
Palmer had six kills and Maynes added five against Shenandoah. Damewood set eight assists. Sleep served 7-of-7 with one ace. Kinman finished with a team-high seven digs.
The Timberwolves open regional play next Tuesday against either Mount Ayr or Central Decatur.