The Ottumwa Courier

September 20, 2013

Fifth-ranked Rockets take SCC make-up sweep at Centerville

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

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CENTERVILLE — One week after having an originally-scheduled South Central Conference opener at Centerville postponed due to excessive heat, fifth-ranked (2A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont breezed through the rescheduled trip to Lakeview Gymnasium on Thursday. The Rockets outlasted the Redettes in game one, 25-21, then allowed just 18 points the rest of the match to complete the sweep with wins of 25-7 and 25-11 in the final two games of the sweep.

We played a solid game,” EBF head volleyball coach Gladys Genskow said. “We gave up too my points on errors the first game, but came back with adjustments the second and third games to shut them down. We ran our offense very effectively along with aggressive serving gave us a dominate edge past Centerville.”

Rocket junior Tasha Alexander stepped up to lead EBF in both serving (14-16) and hitting (28-33) while joining teammate Karlie Taylor with five aces against Centerville. The Rockets had a huge serving advantage in the sweep on the Redettes, delivering 14 aces as a team while not allowing one to Centerville’s service game.

Alyssa Barger led the Redettes both defensively and at the net with three kills and 13 digs. Sammi Cowan added a pair of blocks and three assists as Centerville came up with just five to EBF’s 42 dishes.

This may not be the first time the fifth-ranked (2A) Rockets (16-2, 2-0) and Redettes (3-6, 0-2) meet this week. Both teams will be part of the eight-team Ottumwa Invitational at Evans Gymnasium this weekend.

PREP VOLLEYBALL

No. 5 (2A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 25-25-25,

Centerville 21-7-11

EBF Statistics

Serving — Tasha Alexander 14-16, Karlie Taylor 13-15, Haegen Boyer 12-12, Abby Boyer 9-9, Sadie Baugher 8-8, Sylina Busch 5-5, Paige Shafer 3-5, Taylor Leffler 0-2. Team 64-72. Aces — Alexander 5, Taylor 5, H. Boyer 2, A. Boyer, Busch. Team — 14.

Hitting — Taylor 28-33, Alexander 24-32, Leffler 16-20, Baugher 7-7, McKinley Moore 6-9, A. Boyer 4-4, Shafer 4-4. Team 89-109. Kills — Taylor 16, Alexander 12, Leffler 8, Baugher 2, A. Boyer 2, Moore 2. Team — 42.

Setting — Shafer 39, Alexander, Baugher, Leffler. Team — 42.

Blocks — Baugher, Moore, Shafer, Taylor. Team — 4.

Digs — H. Boyer 17, Alexander 11, Taylor 9, Shafer 4, A. Boyer 3, Baugher 2, Busch, Leffler. Team — 48.

Centerville Statistics

Serving — Joylyn Henderson 8-8, Kiley Micetich 7-7, Alyssa Barger 6-6, Sammi Cowan 5-5, Madi Moorman 5-6, Kaitlyn Moore 4-5, Maddison Lange 2-4. Team 37-41. Aces — none. Team — 0.

Hitting — Micetich 16-21, Barger 12-15, Cowan 3-4, Moore 3-3, Taylor Lawson 3-4, Kylee Joiner 2-2, Lange 1-1, Taylor Tieden 1-2, Moorman 0-1. Team 41-53. Kills — Barger 3, Joiner 2, Micetich 2, Moore 2. Team — 9.

Setting — Cowan 3, Barger, Tieden. Team — 5.

Blocks — Cowan 2, Lawson 2, Barger, Joiner, Tieden. Team — 7.

Digs — Barger 13, Micetich 7, Lange 5, Moore 4, Moorman 4, Cowan 3, Henderson 3, Joiner. Team — 40.

Van Buren sweeps SEISC south match with MSAE

KEOSAUQUA — Senior Nicole Coffin led Van Buren with nine aces on 17-19 serving while collecting eight digs as the Warriors earned a Southeast Iowa Superconference south division sweep of Fairfield Maharishi on Thursday.

Fellow senior Alicia Fitzsimmons led Van Buren at the net, joining Grace Thomas with five kills while going 12-15 on attacks. Thomas also had three blocks on defense while Libby King dished out 16 assists to lead the Warriors.

Van Buren will stay in county for a weekend tournament on Saturday as the Warriors (2-4, 2-3) will play in the Harmony Tournament. MSAE (0-16, 0-5) will return to action, along with Van Buren, in the SEISC Tournament next Thursday.

PREP VOLLEYBALL

V.B. 25-25-25

MSAE 13-12-19

Van Buren Statistics

Serving — Nicole Coffin 17-19, Hallie Whitten 14-14, Libby King 12-13, Aletha Wenke 8-8, Alicia Fitzsimmons 8-10, Courtney Hervey 3-3, Grace Thomas 2-2, Hannah Wells 2-2, Shayla Filson 0-1, Bonnie Saunders 0-1. Team 66-73. Aces — Coffin 9, Whitten 4, Fitzsimmons 2, King 2, Hervey, Thomas, Wells, Wenke. Team — 21.

Hitting — Fitzsimmons 12-15, Thomas 10-12, Filson 8-10, King 7-7, Coffin 5-7, Jenna Thornburg 5-7, Rachel Warrick 1-1, Wenke 1-1. Team 49-60. Kills — Fitzsimmons 5, Thomas 5, Coffin 3, Filson 3, Thornburg 3, King 2, Wenke. Team — 22.

Setting — King 16, Fitzsimmons, Warrick, Wenke. Team — 19.

Blocks — Thomas 3, Coffin 2, Filson 2, Fitzsimmons 2. Team — 9.

Digs — Coffin 8, Fitzsimmons 7, Hervey 4, Wenke 4, Whitten 4, King 3, Thornburg 3, Filson 2, Karissa Kobelt 2, Thomas 2, Warrick 2, Emily Jester, Wells, Katie Wilson. Team — 44.

Panthers win another four-game SEISC North road battle

COLUMBUS — For the second time in three days, the Pekin volleyball team earned a tough Southeast Iowa Superconference north division road win on Thursday, once again narrowly avoiding being forced into a decisive fifth game. The Panthers split the first two games at Columbus Junction, winning game one 25-23, losing game two 18-25, before earning the victory with wins in game three 25-19 and game four 26-24.

Sophomore Beth Atwood led the Panthers at the net, collecting 16 of Pekin’s 36 kills on 37-42 hitting while also picking up 11 digs and three aces. Madelyn Baker led the Panthers in serving, going 18-19 on the night while picking up one of the three Pekin blocks.

Pekin (6-4, 4-0) is back in action in the SEISC Tournament next Thursday.

PREP VOLLEYBALL

Pekin 25-18-25-26

C.J. 23-25-19-24

Pekin Statistics

Serving — Madelyn Baker 18-19, Beth Atwood 18-21, Tiana Slaney 16-16, Jenna Swanson 15-17, Peyton Atwood 9-9, Whitney Horras 8-8, Taiylor Morgan 2-3, Cassidy Tolle 0-1. Team 86-94. Aces — B. Atwood 3, Baker 2, Swanson 2. Team — 7.

Hitting — B. Atwood 37-42, P. Atwood 22-25, Baker 15-20, Slaney 12-15, Tolle 10-14, Mallory Reed 7-8, Bemis 1-1, Horras 1-1, Swanson 1-1, Morgan 1-2, Courtney Comstock 0-1. Team 107-130. Kills — B. Atwood 16, Baker 5, Tolle 5, P. Atwood 4, Reed 3, Slaney 3. Team — 36.

Setting — Horras 18, Morgan 9, B. Atwood, P. Atwood. Team — 29.

Blocks — P. Atwood, Baker, Tolle. Team — 3.

Digs — B. Atwood 11, Swanson 9, Slaney 5, Baker 3, Emily Bemis 3, Horras 2, Morgan. Team — 34.

Seymour goes five to get second Bluegrass win over M-U

SEYMOUR – Just 48 hours after scoring a sweep against Moulton-Udell on Tuesday, the Seymour Warriorettes were taken to the limit in a much different conference match with the Eagles at home. Seymour rallied from a 2-1 deficit and battled deep into the decisive game to earn a thrilling 25-19, 20-25, 21-25, 25-16, 16-14 Bluegrass win on Thursday.

Seymour (2-2, 1-2) heads to the Wayne Tournament on Saturday. M-U (0-5, 0-2) is off until a Bluegrass Conference triangular at Moravia with Lamoni on Tuesday.

Warhawks win in five over Monte

NEW SHARON – North Mahaska rallied back each time Montezuma answered with a tight two-point win, earning a five-game South Iowa Cedar League victory on Thursday. The Warhawks won 25-9, 24-26, 25-21, 23-25 and 15-8 over the Braves.

North Mahaska, winners of four-straight matches dating back to last weekend’s Chariton Tournament, will host their own weekend tournament on Saturday. Sigourney and Tri-County will be part of the tournament field that will be joining the Warhawks (5-3, 3-1) in New Sharon.

Ottumwa eighth-grade spikers edge Fairfield

OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa eighth-grade volleyball team rallied from an opening-game loss on Thursday night to earn a hard-fought three-game victory at Walsh Gymnasium. The Ottumwa ‘A’ team bounced back from a 21-16 loss in the opener against the Trojans to even the match with a 21-13 win in game two before winning the match in game three, 15-12.

“They really came back strongly after that first game,” Ottumwa eighth-grade volleyball coach Ruth Thomas said. “They just kept pushing. It was really awesome to watch.”

The three-game win over Fairfield came one week after the Ottumwa ‘A’ team swept Mount Pleasant, 21-16 and 21-16, last Thursday. The Ottumwa ‘B’ eighth-grade volleyball squad also beat Fairfield on Thursday, sweeping the Trojans 21-9 and 21-13 after splitting two games with Mount Pleasant last week, winning 21-9 in game one before losing 21-8 in game two.

“We had strong, outstanding serving,” Thomas said of the Ottumwa ‘B’ team’s win against Fairfield on Thursday.

The Ottumwa ‘C’ eighth-grade volleyball team swept Fairfield 21-15 and 21-16, bouncing back from a 21-18, 21-19 loss to Mount Pleasant last week. Ottumwa ‘D’ lost to Fairfield 21-17 and 21-14 after splitting two games with Mount Pleasant last Thursday, winning game one with the Panthers 21-19 before losing game two 21-3.

The Ottumwa eighth-grade volleyball team will return to the court at Walsh Gym to host Oskaloosa next Thursday night.