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October 24, 2012

AREA VOLLEYBALL ACTION: Rockets pick up come-from-behind victory

OTTUMWA — The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Pella Christian 3-2 (19-25, 23-25, 25-12, 25-23, 15-12) Tuesday in the Region 6, Class 2A Regional semifinals.

“Wow, what a match,” EBF coach Gladys Genskow said. “We came out in the first two sets over playing the ball and making too many mistakes. We settled down and started playing better as a team and pushed for every point.”

Tasha Alexander spearheaded the Rocket offense with 23 kills and Amanda Ratliff added 15 digs. In addition, Alexander had 12 digs and Paige Shafer paced the Rockets with 49 assists and McKinley Moore added seven blocks. Karlie Taylor went 17-17 on serves. Alexander, Harlie Boyer and Shafer each had two aces.

“I am proud of their effort and how everyone worked together to make this win a reality,” Genskow said.

The Rockets (29-8) will play host to Pekin Friday in the Class 2A Regional semifinals.

 EBF   19-23-25-25-15

Pella 25-25-12-23-12

EBF

Serving — Tasha Alexander 18-20, Shunyl Busch 14-19, Harlie Boyer 19-21, Paige Shafer 14-15, McKinley Moore 14-16, Amanda Ratliff 10-12, Karlie Taylor 17-17. Team — 106-120. Aces — Alexander 2, Boyer 2, Busch, Shafer 2, Taylor. Team — 7.

Hitting — Alexander 53-58, Baugher 9-9, Boyer 5-5, Busch 18-21, Moore 14-16, Shafer 4-4, 44-51. Team — 147-164. Kills — Alexander 23, Baugher 2, Boyer, Busch 7, Moore 6, Shafer 2, Taylor 15. Team — 56.

Setting — Alexander 2, Baugher, Busch 2, Ratliff, Shafer 49.

Blocks — Baugher 2, Busch, Alexander 2, Moore 7, Shafer, Taylor 2. Team — 15.

Digs — Alexander 12, Boyer 8, Busch 3, Ratliff 15, Shafer, Taylor 4. Team — 43.

Pekin spikers sweep Van Buren, advance to EBF

ELDON — The Pekin volleyball team swept Van Buren Tuesday to advance to the Class 2A, Region 6 semifinals. The Panther girls defeated Warriors, 25-10, 25-20, 25-13, Tuesday night in Eldon.

Leslie Stone led Pekin with 28 assists and Jessica Horras contributed nine kills. Stone also had a team-leading 12 digs and Jacinta Cooley, Cheyann Lankford and Maranda Baker each had seven kills.

Cheyann Lankford had three aces and Madelyn Baker and Maranda Baker each had two aces. Madelyn Baker and Lankford went a combined 31-31 on aces. Cooley added four blocks.

The Panthers (14-12) play at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Friday in the semifinals. Van Buren ends the season with a record of 13-17.

Pekin 25-25-25

V.B. 15-20-13

Pekin Statistics

Serving Leaders — Jessica Horras 16-16, Madelyn Baker 15-15. Aces — Cheyanne Lankford 3, Madelyn Baker 2, Maranda Baker 2. Team — 7.

Kills — Jessica Horras 9, Cheyann Lankford 7, Jacinta Cooley 7, Maranda Baker 7, Madelyn Baker 4, Tiana Slaney 3. Team — 37.

Setting — Leslie Stone 28. Team — 28.

Blocks — Cooley 4, Horras 2, Lankford, Madelyn Baker. Team — 8.

Digs —  Leslie Stone 12, Madelyn Baker 10, Maranda Baker 10, Lankford 9, Jessica Horras 7, Emily Adam 7. Team — 38.

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