New London, W-MU volleyball advance
Both New London and Winfield-Mt. Union went 4-0 in their respective Southeast Iowa Super Conference volleyball tournament pools on Thursday, earning a spot in the championship bracket.
The Tigers and the Wolves will play in the tournament finals, which start at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Southeastern Community College in Burlington. New London and W-MU will play the second games of the night, starting around 6 p.m.
WACO took third in its pool and will play in the consolation bracket. That tournament starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday at SCC.
New London, ranked No. 4 in Class 1A, had the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament and the top seed in its pool.
The Tigers defeated the host team, Wapello, by scores of 21-11 and 21-17. They also took down Highland (21-16 and 21-8), Columbus (21-7 and 21-14) and Lone Tree (21-7 and 21-12) to advance to the finals.
Emily Parks led the team with 27 kills while Jorgi Krieger had 18 and Josten Boyer added 12. Morgan Christner chipped in 11 and Mahala Jewett had four.
Sarah Holtkamp aided the attack with 43 assists; Emma Pry had 156 assists while Jewett had five.
Sami Koontz had a team-high 43 digs on the night. Holtkamp, Parks, Krieger and Ashley Davey each added 15. Frankie Johnson had 10 digs.
A big key for the Tigers once again was their serving, as they had 30 total aces on the night.
Jorgi Krieger was 28-for-30 and Christner was 16-for-17; each served seven aces. Davey was 26-for-27 with five aces.
Holtkamp went 17-for-19 serving with three aces; Koontz and Pry also had three aces each on 14-for-16 and 10-for-10 serving, respectively. Parks went 28-for-29 with two aces.
The Tigers are now 21-3 on the season and will play IMS in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.
For W-MU, the SEISC tournament gave them another run at Iowa Mennonite, and this time, the Wolves came out on top.
W-MU was seeded No. 5 overall in the tournament and second in its pool behind IMS (No. 4 overall).
The Wolves lost a close first set to IMS, 22-20, but came back to win by the same score in game two and then took the tiebreaker, 15-6.
Cardinal also fell to the Wolves in three sets, as W-MU won the first, 21-12, but fell in the second, 21-14. They won the tiebreaker 15-8.
W-MU also defeated Van Buren (21-16 and 21-13) and Louisa-Muscatine (21-6 and 21-11) to take first place in its pool.
Erica Robison dominated at the net for the Wolves with 36 kills on the night.
Emily Mathews had 17 kills and a team-high four blocks. Nicole Escher added 15 kills; Shelby Therme put down 14 while Sam Jamison and Lou Krieger-Coen had eight and five, respectively.
Brooke Jennings had 45 assists on the night, and Taylor Rodgers added 30.
Jennings also led the team in serving, going 44-for-45 with nine aces.
Robison had seven aces on 36-for-39 serving. Therme and Layne Davis had five aces apiece, while Rodgers contributed four.
Therme led the Wolves with 36 digs, and Davis had 29.
The Wolves improve to 13-7 on the season and will play Highland in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.
The WACO volleyball team came close to earning a berth in the tournament finals, dropping a match against Pekin in three sets to take third place, rather than second, in their pool.
The Warriors defeated Pekin in the first set, 21-16, but fell to the Panthers 21-19 in game two and 15-7 in the third set.
The Warriors also lost to top-ranked and top-seeded Holy Trinity (21-8 and 21-3).
They defeated Maharishi by scores of 21-13 and 21-12, and also beat West Burlington, which was seeded ahead of them, in three sets — WACO lost the first, 21-13, but came back to win by scores of 21-13 and 15-6.
Rosemary Skriver led the team in kills (18), digs (23) and aces (10). Aaliyah Brown had 13 kills and Erika Leichty added nine. Ashlyn Hammen had 35 assists. Leichty had 16 digs and served nine aces; Hammen contributed 14 digs.
WACO is now 7-8 on the season and will play Danville on Saturday.