By ROGER THOMAS
---- — ALBIA — The Albia Lady Dees swept Sigourney in volleyball action Tuesday night in Albia.
Albia, who played very competitive, last Thursday at the Fairfield quadrangular, picked up their first win in their home opener. The loss, for the Savages, came in the team's season opener.
The game scores were 25-19, 25-18, and 25-19. The action in games one and two was close for most of each game before the Lady Dees took control at the end. Game three saw Albia pile up a big lead at 20-9 before closing out the match.
"I think our girls were able to stay focused for nearly the entire match," said Albia coach Tessa Simpson. "It was really important to them to play well in our home opener."
In game one, Jordan Carter had two early kills to give Sigourney a 7-6 lead. The Savage lead stretched to 10-7 as Madison Denny registered a kill at the net off an errant Albia pass.
Hannah Dustin's perfectly placed winner pulled the Lady Dees to within two. Four straight serves, one an ace by Zoee Hutt, gave the Lady Dees a 12-10 lead.
An ace serve by Karah Appleget pulled Sigourney back even at 14 and Carter's third kill gave the lead back to the Savages. Carter's fourth kill kept Sigourney up 18-17, but Albia would outscore Sigourney 7-1 as game one wound to a close.
Brooke Bettis took the serve with the score knotted at 18. When Bettis finished, the Lady Dees were up 24-18. The teams traded points to end game one.
Sigourney held a brief 4-3 lead early in game two, but back-to-back kills by Dustin and Katie Dyson gave the lead back to the Lady Dees. Another Dustin kill gave Albia a 12-7 lead.
Sigourney fought back to tie it at 12 on an ace serve by Brooke Schroeder. After Albia took the lead, they would lead for the remainder of game two.
Dustin pushed Albia to the 25-18 win, closing out the game with big winners at 23 and 25 and a kill at 24.
One of the reasons that Albia took game two was that they were able to limit the Savages to just two kills. Katie Dyson, who isn't in the Albia first rotation, made her presence felt at the net. She would have a kill and two blocks in game two to go along with her kill and block in the opener. Dyson had five blocks in the match.
"Playing at the net is my favorite place to be" said Dyson. "I just try to watch the ball and be quick off the floor."
Sigourney coach Chris Carter talked about her team's play.
"We think that even though we aren't big that we should be more of a power team than we were," Carter said.
Jordan Carter, who had a big third game for the Savages going 15-17 hitting with four kills and three blocks, registered a kill to give Sigourney an early 5-3 lead. Back-to-back ace serves by Cassie Crall put Albia up 6-5.
The score would be tied one more time at seven before Albia raced out to a comfortable lead behind the serving of Marissa Hugen. Seven consecutive service points put Albia up 14-7.
"Our serving was pretty strong all match but it was really good in the third game," said Simpson.
The Albia defensive play helped them stretch the lead to 20-9. Defensive specialist Hutt talked about what her role in the defense is.
"Serve receiving and floor coverage are important, but I really concentrate on getting the ball to our setter in a good position so she can use it to help our hitters," Hutt said.
Dyson and Dustin had big games hitting for Albia, but the player that nearly matched and negated Carter's play was Bettis. Bettis went 17-18 hitting with three kills. Back-to-back kills by Bettis ended game three and ended the match.
Bettis, Albia's most consistent hitter in the match, talked about her play.
"I'd like to think that I'm more consistent this year," Bettis said. "I just try and read the sets and react as I attack."
The fact that it was the opening match for Sigourney showed at times.
"We played a little cautious in spots," said Coach Chris Carter. "We will really work on our defense and passing before we play again."
Albia (1-3) will be back in action Thursday when they host Moulton-Udell and Southeast Warren. Sigourney (0-1) is off until Monday when they open South Iowa Cedar League play by hosting Montezuma.
Serving — Sydney Weldon 7/8, Hannah Dustin 8/9, Cassie Crall 10/11, Marissa Hugen 17/18, Brooke Bettis 18/18, Zoee Hutt 9/9, Katie Dyson 1/1. Team — 70/74. Aces — Weldon, Dustin, Crall 2, Hutt. Team — 5.
Hitting — Lexie Van Polen 5/7, Maria Maddy 2/3, Weldon 5/6, Bettis 30/33, Dyson 12/13, Dustin 27/33. Team — 81/95. Kills — Bettis 4, Dyson 2, Dustin 7. Team — 13.
Setting — Weldon 11, Hugen 11. Team — 26.
Blocks — Weldon, Dyson 5, Dustin. Team — 7.
Digs — Bettis 11, Dustin 10. Team — 40.
Serving — Sierra Davis 12/12, Karah Appleget 6/7, Sydney Davis 8/10, Jordan Carter 10/12, Brooke Schroeder 7/9, Maddi Denny 0/1, Courtney Herman 3/3, Becca Ohland 3/3. Team — 49/57. Aces — Appleget, Schroeder. Team — 2.
Hitting — Carter 36/42, Sydney Davis 10/12, Sierra Davis 7/10, Appleget 6/12, Schroeder 9/12, Herman 1/2, Denny 9/12, Montana McRunnels 3/4, Ohland 5/7. Team — 86/112. Kills — Carter 9, Sydney Davis 2, Appleget 2, Schroeder, Denny 2, McRunnels. Team — 17.
Setting — Sydney Davis 19. Team — 22.
Blocks — Carter 4, Appleget. Team — 5.