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No. 5 New London wins SEISC tournament

Sep 25, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Jaden Streeter (17), Addie Pry (8) and Savannah Sutherland (2) celebrate after scoring the game-winning point over Holy Trinity.

By Andy Krutsinger,

Mt. Pleasant News


BURLINGTON — The New London volleyball team is finally back on top of the Southeast Iowa Super Conference.

The fifth-ranked Tigers won the SEISC tournament on Saturday in Burlington, winning three more games to win the crown.

The Tigers swept Van Buren (25-15, 25-18) and Pekin (25-18, 25-16) before facing off with No. 6 Holy Trinity in the SEISC title game.

The Crusaders won the first set of the championship 25-21, but New London bounced back to win the next set 25-22 and took a thrilling third game 16-14.

“We work for these games,” said senior setter Savannah Sutherland after the tournament. “These games are the whole reason we practice. We finally got it, and I’m super proud.”

The New London defense stepped up when it needed to most, frustrating top HTC hitters with clutch digs late in the third set. Carson McSorley had 19 digs in the championship game. Camryn Blint had 15 digs. Sutherland finished with 13, and Jaden Streeter had 10.

McSorley, the Tigers’ senior libero, gave credit to her back line partner and fellow senior after the win.

“I don’t get a lot of digs from their middle, but Camryn dug (Emily) Box every time that she could,” McSorley said. “It’s definitely a harder hit than we’re used to, but we pride ourselves on our defense.”

Offensively the Tigers were led by Breanna Mettler, who had 12 kills in the win over Van Buren, eight against Pekin and seven against HTC. Ashley Birdsell finished with seven kills of her own against the Crusaders, and led the team with eight blocks.

After the final game, an emotional Mettler spoke about preperation leading up to the final matchup.

“We figured that we would probably match up with Holy Trinity,” Mettler said, “but we knew we couldn’t overlook Van Buren or any of the other teams that were in our bracket.”

The final game marked the third matchup between the Tigers and Crusaders this season, with all matchups coming in tournament play. The Tigers swept HTC in the Keokuk tournament, but the Crusaders won in three sets when they hosted New London in their home tournament.

“Once we were tied game for game, and we go into the third, so much can happen,” said Tiger head coach Maureen Heath. “You have to keep your focus. I think we just kept battling (and) they just played fantastic at the end of the third game.”

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