No. 5 New London keeps rolling, sweeps Danville
NEW LONDON — The New London volleyball team, which moved up in the Class 1A rankings to No. 5 yesterday, kept rolling with a Thursday night sweep of Danville: 25-5, 25-18 and 25-7.
The Tigers, who started the season at No. 7, are now 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division.
New London dominated its first set yesterday, scoring the first four points of the game and never allowing the Bears a comeback.
In the second set, however, Danville took an early lead, and the Tigers had to battle to a 10-10 tie.
New London went ahead at 11-10 and didn’t relinquish the lead again, but the Bears never let them breathe easy in game two.
“I think we let our guard down after the first game, and Danville showed a little more spark,” New London Coach Maureen Heath said. “We didn’t focus like we should have and we had to fight to get back in it — it was not a pretty game.”
The Tigers snapped back in the third and final set, however, running away with another win. New London went up 11-3 and ended the match on a 14-4 run, capped with an Emily Parks kill.
“I think we got all the hitters involved tonight — Emily Parks, Jorgi Krieger, Morgan Christner and Josten Boyer,” Heath said.
Parks had a team-high nine kills on the night, while Boyer and Krieger came up with eight each. Christner had six kills.
Sarah Holtkamp set up the hitters with 24 assists on the night, aided by passes from libero Sami Koontz, who had a team-high 12 digs on the night.
“Sami Koontz did a really nice job passing,” Heath said.
Holtkamp had 10 digs of her own and Parks contributed six.
Ashley Davey led the team in serving, going 20-for-21 with four aces.
“Our serving was really controlling in the first and third games,” Heath said.
Koontz was 16-for-17 with three aces, and Holtkamp went 11-for-13 with three aces.
Christner served two aces and Krieger had one.
The Tigers will tackle a couple tough tournaments in the next couple of days, playing at Keokuk on Saturday and in the Holy Trinity Tournament on Monday.
“We need to work on not letting up — we fell asleep on defense a couple times tonight,” Heath said after Thursday’s match.
“We have two big tournaments coming up, and the girls are looking forward to the fast play.”
The Keokuk Tournament starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday.