The Ottumwa Courier

October 31, 2012

Bulldog spikers shocked by Burlington

Courier Sports Staff
Ottumwa Courier

BURLINGTON — The Ottumwa volleyball team’s season came to an abrupt end Thursday in a 3-2(20-25, 29-27, 25-23, 25-15, 17-15) loss to Burlington in the semifinals of Class 5A regionals.

Ottumwa senior middle hitter Katie Sammons spearheaded the Bulldog offense with 19 kills and five aces.

“It’s going to be hard to replace a Katie Sammons,” coach Jessica Carson said.

Ottumwa junior outside hitter Megan Black added 13 kills, senior setter Beth Overturf distributed 23 assists and senior libero Olivia Roark had 30 digs.

“Burlington played a very good game, but we came out and overlooked them a little bit,”  Carson said. “I don’t feel like we came out ready to play hard. ...We came out a little relaxed.”

The coach made sure to compliment her seniors — Sammons, Overturf, Kelsey Guyette, Roark, Ashlyn Nordyke — for the time and effort they have invested in the Bulldog volleyball program.

“The seniors were great contributors to the team,” Carson said. “They were the leaders of the team and they will be greatly missed next season.”

The Bulldogs ended their season at 16-20.



             Burlington 20-27-23-25-17

 Ottumwa   25-29-25-15-15

Ottumwa Statistics

Serving — Megan Black 11-15, Beth Overturf 14-17, Olivia Roark 15-16, Katie Sammons 26-27, Chloe Davis 15-15, Ellie Hammack 12-14. Team — 93-104. Aces — Overturf 2, Sammons 5. Team — 7.

Hitting — Black 37-43, Overturf 3-3, Roark 2-3, Sammons 49-53, Davis 8-8, Hammack 21-24, Karissa Wilcoxson 10-12, Megan Cobler 13-17, Hope Bitner 10-13. Team — 155-178. Kills — Black 13, Overturf, Sammons 19, Davis 3, Hammack 3, Wilcoxson 3, Cobler 3, Bitner 5. Team — 50.

Setting — Overturf 23, Sammons, Davis 9, Cobler. Team — 34.

Blocks — Sammons 4, Hammack 2, Wilcoxson, Cobler, Bitner 2. Team — 10.

Digs — Black 25, Overturf 9, Roark 30, Sammons 7, Davis 9, Kelsey Guyette 5, Hammack 5, Wilcoxson 2, Cobler 8, Bitner. Team — 101.