SIGOURNEY — Jordan Carter delivered 35 kills to help Sigourney knock off Keota in four sets (22-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-17) Tuesday in the first round of the Class 1A, Region 8 volleyball postseason.
"This is one of the best matches Jordan has played for us all year," Savage coach Chris Carter said. "She played very well."
After it dropped a close first game, the Savages had to rally to win the second game, which made all the difference momentum-wise.
"Their nerves got the best of them in game one," Carter said. "I have a lot of seniors in my rotation. They know this is it for them. Winning game two was the dealbreaker. The one thing about this that I've been proud of all year is they haven't given up."
The significance of winning game two was hammered home to Carter when her team went on to win game three by a comfortable margin.
"Game three was a very comfortable win for us," the coach said.
Sydney Davis made 26-27 serves and keyed the offense with a team-best 45 assists.
"I can't say enough good things about Sydney Davis," Carter said. "She did a good job of giving the ball to our hitters."
Becca Ohland and Carter both had 22 digs each.
The Savages (11-9) take on Winfield-Mount Union in the second round of the regional tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Winfield.
Beth Atwood and Jessica Horras combined for 29 kills to help Pekin's volleyball team pick up a thrilling victory over Wapello (22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 21-25, 15-13) Tuesday in the first round of the Class 2A, Region 8 tournament at Pekin.
"We started off the match slow and made a lot of errors," Panther coach Ashley Bartels said. "We picked it up by the third set and started to play our game. Our passers picked it up and had great digs and serve receive passes. When we pass, we set and hit well."