The Ottumwa Courier

October 23, 2013

Carter slams 35 kills in Sigourney victory; Pekin survives in five games

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

---- — 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."

Atwood led the Panthers with 16 kills while Jessica Horras complemented her efforts with 13 kills of her own. Cassidy Tolle also bolstered Pekin's offense with four aces and Whitney Horras notched a team-best 34 assists. Defensively, Jenna Swanson was the Panthers' bellwether leader with 12 digs and Atwood added 11. Jessica Horras and Atwood also gave the Panthers defense a boost with three blocks each.

"The girls fought hard and played with a lot of heart," Bartels said. "Now we have to bring the intensity to a higher level next Tuesday against West Branch. We can't make mental errors and give away easy points against a team like West Branch."

Pekin (11-10) plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Branch in the second round of the regional tourney.

Pekin 22-25-25-21-15

Wapello 25-23-14-25-13

Pekin statistics

Aces — Cassidy Tolle 4, Tiana Slaney 3, Whitney Horras 2, Mallory Reed 2. Team — 11.

Kills — Beth Atwood 16, Jessica Horras 13, Slaney 8, Peyton Atwood 6, Madelyn Baker 4, W. Horras 3, M. Reed 2. Team — 52.

Setting — W. Horras 34, Taiylor Morgan 4. Team — 38.

Blocks — J. Horras 3, B. Atwood 3, W. Horras 2, M. Baker 2, P. Atwood 2, M. Reed. Team — 13.

Digs — Jenna Swanson 12, B. Atwood 11, Emily Bemis 10, C. Tolle 9, Slaney 8, Baker 5. Team — 55.

PREP VOLLEYBALL

Class 1A Regional First Round

Sigourney 22-27-25-25

Keota 25-25-18-17

Sigourney Statistics

Serving Leaders — Sydney Davis 26-27, Jordan Carter 11-14. Team 82-95.

Ace Leaders — Davis 2, Carter 2. Team — 6.

Hitting Leaders — Carter 54-59, Karah Appleget 31-32, Brooke Schroeder 13-18. Team 119-134.

Kill Leaders — Schroeder 4, Appleget 9, Carter 35. Team — 52.

Setting Leader — Davis 45. Team — 47.

Blocks — Carter, McKayla Lambert. Team — 2.

Dig Leaders — Becca Ohland 22, Carter 22. Team — 65.

Class 2A Regional First Round

Pekin 22-25-25-21-15

Wapello 25-23-14-25-13

Pekin statistics

Aces — Cassidy Tolle 4, Tiana Slaney 3, Whitney Horras 2, Mallory Reed 2. Team — 11.

Kills — Beth Atwood 16, Jessica Horras 13, Slaney 8, Peyton Atwood 6, Madelyn Baker 4, W. Horras 3, M. Reed 2. Team — 52.

Setting — W. Horras 34, Taiylor Morgan 4. Team — 38.

Blocks — J. Horras 3, B. Atwood 3, W. Horras 2, M. Baker 2, P. Atwood 2, M. Reed. Team — 13.

Digs — Jenna Swanson 12, B. Atwood 11, Emily Bemis 10, C. Tolle 9, Slaney 8, Baker 5. Team — 55.