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WACO volleyball tournament kicks off season

Aug 22, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Kiana Miller goes airborne for a serve in the first game of pool play;

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

WAYLAND — Volleyball season is officially upon us as eight Southeast Iowa teams gathered in Wayland on Monday night for the first tournament of the year.

Two pools of four teams played a round robin tournament to set up the championship and third place games. Wapello defeated Van Buren to take the tournament title and Pekin took third over Centerville.

WACO, Columbus, Van Buren and Centerville made up Pool A. Van Buren went 6-0 through pool play, beating WACO 21-10 and 21-1, Columbus 21-12 and 21-11, and Centerville 21-11 and 21-8.

Centerville had to battle for second in the pool. The Big Reds scrapped to pick up a win over WACO (21-17, 21-23, 15-13) and Columbus (22-20, 19-21, 15-6). WACO took down Columbus 21-14 and 21-16 to take third.

Pool B was made up of Wapello, Pekin, West Burlington and Sigourney. It was tight all night in that group, with a handful of games going into the third set.

Wapello swept Sigourney 21-8 and 21-14 but the Arrows had to claw to victory in their other two pool play games. Wapello outlasted Pekin (21-7, 15-21, 15-12) and West Burlington (14-21, 21-19, 9-15) to go 3-0 in the pool.

Pekin pulled out two close games against Sigourney, 22-20 and 21-19. The Panthers also nipped West Burlington (19-21, 21-18, 15-13) to earn their spot in the third-place contest.

West Burlington did pick up one victory, dropping Sigourney 21-15 and 21-14 to place third in Pool B.

Wapello cruised in game one of the championship, taking it 21-9. Van Buren made it closer in the second set but Wapello still completed the sweep, 21-14.

Pekin and Centerville went into three sets in the third-place game. Pekin took game one, 21-17, Centerville bounced back with a 21-15 win and the Panthers blew out the Big Reds, 15-1, in the deciding third game.

Final results

POOL A

1. Van Buren (3-0)

2. Centerville (2-1)

3. WACO (1-2)

4. Columbus (0-4)

POOL B

1. Wapello (3-0)

2. Pekin (2-1)

3. West Burlington (1-2)

4. Sigourney (0-4)

CHAMPIONSHIP

Wapello over Van Buren (21-9, 21-14)

THIRD-PLACE GAME

Pekin over Centerville (21-17, 15-21, 15-1)

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