Courier sports staff
---- — 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.
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.
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.