Henry County teams go 1-2-3 at NL volleyball tournament
NEW LONDON — New London went undefeated to take gold at its home tournament Saturday, finishing 5-0 on the day.
Winfield-Mt. Union, whose only loss was to New London in the championship match, finished second, while WACO went 3-2 on the day, falling to the Tigers and the Wolves and finishing in third.
The No. 4 Tigers played a close match against WACO to open the day, falling in the first game by a score of 21-17 before claiming a 21-17 win in game two. The host team took the tiebreaker, 15-9.
New London went on to defeat English Valleys (21-13 and 21-11) and Louisa-Muscatine (21-15 and 21-6), going undefeated in the gold pool.
The Tigers topped Highland in the semifinals (20-25, 25-13 and 15-6) to advance to the championship against W-MU.
The Wolves claimed the first set of the match, 26-24, but the Tigers roared back with a 25-11 win in game two and a 15-4 win in the tiebreaker.
Morgan Christner led the Tigers with 42 kills in the tournament. Emily Parks added 36. Sarah Holtkamp had 112 assists.
Sami Koontz had a team-high 49 digs.
W-MU’s path to the championship was an undefeated record in pool play and a three-set win over WACO in the semifinals.
The Wolves, who went 4-1 on the day, placed first in the black pool with wins over West Burlington (21-18 and 21-17), Harmony (21-13 and 21-15) and Highland (21-16, 18-21 and 15-9).
They lost to WACO in the opening set of the semifinal game, 25-20, but came back with a 25-22 win in game two and a 15-9 win in the tiebreaker.
Erica Robison had a team-high 34 kills and Shelby Therme added 28. Brooke Jennings had 54 assists and Taylor Rodgers contributed 46.
Therme led the team with 33 digs, followed by Layne Davis with 19, Robison with 18 and Darby Harris with 17.
Rodgers and Therme each served five aces on the day, while Robison and Lou Krieger-Coen had three blocks each.
WACO finished with a 3-2 record at the tournament, losing to host New London in the first set of pool play but topping its other two opponents in the gold pool.
The Warriors defeated English Valleys (21-19 and 21-9) and Louisa Muscatine (19-21, 21-12 and 15-7).
After falling to W-MU in the semifinals, the Warriors went on to win the third-place game over Highland. They lost the first set, 25-22, but came back for a 25-17 win in game two and a 15-10 victory in the tiebreaker.
Rosemary Skriver had a team-high 36 kills on the day and Aaliyah Brown, who’s playing volleyball for the first time this year, had 35. Ashlyn Hammen had 78 assists.
Katelyn White had 31 digs, Erika Leichty had 26 and Leah McElhinney added 24.
The team had 28 blocks in the tournament, led by Bailey Graber with nine.
The Warriors are now 12-13 on the season and have a couple tough matches next on their schedule: they host Mediapolis on Tuesday and travel to W-MU on Thursday.
W-MU moves to 20-10 overall and plays at Lone Tree on Tuesday before returning home to play WACO.
New London is now 29-4. The Tigers will host No. 1 Holy Trinity on Tuesday and play at West Burlington on Thursday.