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Volleyball teams compete in weekend tournaments

Sep 19, 2017
MPN file photo Maggie Cristoforo (left) and Hannah Hess (right) go after a ball during Mt. Pleasant’s last home game. The Panthers will return to SEC play tonight at Ft. Madison.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


All four of the county’s high school volleyball teams have bolstered their schedules with some tournament games in the last few days. Mt. Pleasant was in Ottumwa on Saturday while WACO played in New Sharon. No. 6 New London picked up a win in the Keokuk tournament on Saturday and the Tigers went to the Holy Trinity tournament on Monday where Winfield-Mt. Union was also competing.

Mt. Pleasant’s tournament came ahead of the second half of their Southeast Conference schedule, which continues tonight (Tuesday) in Ft. Madison. The Panthers picked up one win, topping Burlington in three sets.

Mt. Pleasant had to battle for both of their wins during the Burlington game. The Panthers took game one 24-22 before dropping game two 21-15. The deciding third game took extras but Mt. Pleasant outlasted the Grayhounds 19-17.

The Panthers fell 21-11 and 21-18 to SEC rival Fairfield. They were also swept 21-15 in both games by Albia and fell 25-20 and 25-12 to Eddyville-Blakesburg.

New London had a huge day on Saturday. The Tigers bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Knoxville and clawed back to earn the tournament title with a win over fierce rival and second-ranked Holy Trinity Catholic.

The Tigers swept the Crusaders 21-17 and 21-18. Breanna Mettler had 10 kills in the win. Carson McSorley and Camryn Blint led the defense with 14 kills and 13 kills respectively, and Savannah Sutherland had 17 assists.

The Tigers faced off with HTC again in the Holy Trinity tournament on Monday, but the Crusaders came out on top. New London won the first game 21-15 and HTC came back with a 21-10 win and a 16-14 win to steal the game. Ft. Madison also won a three-set match against New London, but the Tigers did top Central Lee.

W-MU went 2-2 at the Holy Trinity tournament. They were swept by HTC and Ft. Madison but picked up three-set wins against Wapello and Keokuk.

The Wolves topped Wapello 21-14, 15-21, 15-9. Liana Sweezer had 10 kills to lead the way. Jenna Buffington had 11 digs, and both she and Kyndal Townsley had three aces.

W-MU lost the first game against Keokuk 21-13 but dominated the next two 21-7 and 15-7. Buffington had nine kills in that game. Lauren Jamison had 14 assists and Townsley had another great day serving with five aces.

WACO went 2-2 at the New Sharon tournament on Saturday. They swept Tri-County and beat Prarie City Monroe in three sets, but fell to North Mahaska in three sets and got swept HLV, Victor.

Clara Smitz had seven kills in a 21-17, 20-22, 15-9 win over PCM. Aubri Garnsey had 16 assists, and the Warriors sprinkled in four aces, two of which came from Kat Adair.

Mt. Pleasant start the second half of SEC play tonight at 7:30 p.m., in Ft. Madison. New London, WACO and W-MU will all be in Winfield on Thursday, Sept. 21, for pool play in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference tournament.

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