The Ottumwa Courier

September 10, 2013

Sixth-ranked Rocket spikers roll to 10-0

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

---- — EDDYVILLE — Not much has stopped the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont volleyball team on the road at the start of this season. On Monday, Twin Cedars couldn't do much to keep EBF from moving on to 10-0 with its first win on its home floor.

Tasha Alexander and Karlie Taylor each drilled 13 kills to lead the dominant attack of the Rockets, who swept the visiting Sabers 25-10, 25-5, 25-19 in EBF's home opener. Taylor added a team-best four aces while Alexander was the top attacker for the Rockets, going 18-20 hitting.

"The girls played well," EBF head volleyball coach Gladys Genskow said. "We ran a quicker offense, which we can credit our passing in making that possible. We were able to work on the offense without the usual game pressures."

"Serving was strong as well. We lost the focus a bit in game three, but closed out the night with a three-game sweep."

EBF (10-0) was scheduled to finally opened South Central Conference action Tuesday at Centerville, but the match was postponed due to safety concerns with the extremely hot temperatures that might cause even warmer, unsafe conditions inside Lakeview Gymnasium. The sixth-ranked (2A) Rockets will next head to the Southeast Polk Invitational on Saturday.

Twin Cedars (0-2) opens Bluegrass Conference play at Moulton-Udell on Thursday.

PREP VOLLEYBALL

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 25-25-25

Twin Cedars 10-5-19

EBF Individual Statistics

Karlie Taylor: 16/21 Attacks, 13 Kills, 12/15 Serving, 4 Aces, 3 Digs, 2 Blocks

Tasha Alexander: 18/20 Attacks, 13 Kills, 1 Assist, 10/11 Serving, 3 Aces, 7 Digs

Paige Shafer: 32 Assists, 6/7 Serving, 2 Aces, 2 Digs

Sadie Baugher: 7/11 Attacks, 3 Kills, 1 Assist, 3/5 Serving

McKinley Moore: 9/11 Attacks, 6 Kills, 2 Blocks

Haegen Boyer:1/1 Attacks, 21/22 Serving, 2 Aces, 8 Digs

Taylor Leffler: 8/10 Attacks, 2 Kills, 1 Assist, 1 Dig

Abby Boyer: 9/10 Serving, 1 Ace, 1 Dig

Sylina Busch: 0/2 Serving

Madison Morrison: 1/1 Serving.

Sigourney spikers sweep SICL, home opener

SIGOURNEY — The Sigourney volleyball team scored its first South Iowa Cedar League win in its first home match of the season on Monday. After a closer-than-expected opening game with Montezuma, the Savages took over in the final two games to complete a sweep with a 25-23, 25-15, 25-10 victory.

Jordan Carter had a big overall night for Sigourney, leading the team at the net with 11 kills and three blocks on 25-28 hitting. Carter also was 16-17 serving and had eight of the Savages 19 aces while serving nine consecutive points during the clinching third game.

“I feel like we were a little flat in that first game. I would have liked that one not to have been quite as close,” Sigourney head volleyball coach Jordan Carter said. “We definitely came back in game two and picked up our defense. Once we got our defense picked up, our offense followed right along.”

Sigourney (1-1, 1-0) is back on the court tonight at Pekin.

PREP VOLLEYBALL

Sigourney 25-25-25

Montezuma 23-15-10

Sigourney Statistics

Serving Leaders — Sierra Davis 16-16, Jordan Carter 16-17. Team 65-72. Ace Leaders — Carter 8. Team — 19.

Hitting Leaders — Carter 25-28, Karah Appleget 10-12, Davis 10-12. Team 64-80. Kill Leaders — Carter 11, Appleget 6, Si. Davis 5. Team — 26.

Setting Leaders — Sydney Davis 20. Team — 21.

Block Leaders — Carter 3. Team — 4.

Dig Leaders — Becca Ohland 14, Carter 12, Kelly Walker 10. Team — 59.