BLOOMFIELD – Just over a week before postseason play begins, 13th-ranked (1A) New London came through a competitive day of volleyball at the Mutchler Community Center on Saturday to win the Davis County tournament.
The Tigers used 23 digs from junior Emma Nye to help frustrate the Mustangs in the championship match, winning 25-18 and 25-20 to close out a day in which all eight teams in the tournament suffered at least one loss. New London (23-13) overcame a three-set loss in pool play to Albia, falling 15-3 in the decisive third set after splitting 21-17 sets with the Lady Dees, before edging Southeast Iowa Superconference south division rival Central Lee 27-25, 17-25 and 15-11 in the tournament semifinals.
Davis County also overcame a pool-play loss, dropping a 21-19, 21-17 decision to Central Lee to advance to the finals. The Mustangs swept Cardinal (21-7, 21-9), Keokuk (21-16, 21-9) and Albia (25-12, 27-25) to earn the team's 30th victory of the season during their home tournament.
Chloe Fetcho led Davis County (30-10) in the tournament with 97 assists and was 37-38 serving with an ace, 28 digs and two kills on 7-7 hitting. Sophia Young added a team-best six ace serves on 36-37 serving while connecting on a team-high 32 kills on 69-78 attacking while picking up 33 digs and an assist.
Kara Greiner added to her school-record total of digs, finishing with 41 on Saturday to go along with five aces on 30-32 serving and one kill on 7-9 hitting. Sydney Utt and Kallie Greiner each had a team-high seven blocks for the Mustangs with Utt adding five kills on 14-20 hitting along with three assists and three digs while Greiner picked up 28 kills on 53-66 attacking and three digs.
Jenna Gronewold led Albia (16-15) on Saturday with 16 kills and three blocks on 47-58 attacking while adding an assist, 10 digs and three aces on 20-23 serving. Elena Castera Real matched Gronewold with 16 kills and three blocks in the tournament, going 33-37 hitting with an assist, two digs and two aces on 11-14 serving.
Emma Wenger picked up a team-high 80 assists and was 33-34 serving for Albia in the tournament, adding an ace, a block and a kill on 14-15 hitting and 16 digs. Sophie Waber led the Lady Dees defensively with 63 digs while collecting a pair of assists, two kills on 8-8 attacking and four aces on 27-28 serving.
Sydney Hoskins finished with a team-leading eight aces for Albia, going 23-24 serving with 12 digs and eight kills on 22-25 hitting. Addison Halstead finished with three blocks, four digs and 15 kills on 34-45 attacking.
Sydney Pickrell led the Comets (4-24) with 16 kills on 43-51 hitting in the tournament while also collecting a team-best 19 digs, adding three aces on 23-27 serving. Emma Becker led Cardinal with 27 digs in the tournament, adding nine kills on 41-52 hitting and one ace on 11-14 serving.
Megan Ward finished with a team-best 21 assists for the Comets while going 19-20 serving with 16 digs. Kaylyn Chapin had seven kills on 25-30 hitting while matching Emarie Finch with a pair of blocks. Finch also had one dig and two kills on 10-16 attacking.
Van Buren County (10-16) earned a fifth match on the day thanks to a 25-16, 25-15 win over Cardinal in the consolation semifinals after going 2-1 in pool play with a 21-15, 12-21, 15-7 win over Centerville and a 21-11, 23-21 sweep of Albia after losing 21-14, 21-17 to New London in pool play. Shea Scott and Kadence Nusbaum each racked up six kills against the Comets, combining to go 22-24 attacking while Annabell Cormeier led the Warriors in their third win at the Mutchler Center going 12-14 with a pair of aces and a match-high 10 assists.
Keokuk edged the Warriors in the consolation finals with a 25-18, 23-25, 15-4 victory to close out play in Bloomfield. Nusbaum added eight more kills against the Chiefs, going 17-21 hitting while Scott collected a team-leading 15 digs. Cormier finished the day with a perfect 11-11 serving effort, scoring a pair of aces and finishing with 19 more assists for the Warriors.
Albia secured its lone win on Saturday with a 21-12, 21-5 sweep against Centerville. The Redettes (5-24) also suffered losses to New London (21-6, 21-5) and Keokuk (25-19, 25-14) in the consolation semifinals.
Cardinal's day includes pool-play losses to Central Lee and Keokuk before falling in the consolation semifinals to the Warriors. The Comets fell 21-13, 21-16 to the Hawks and 21-12, 21-15 to Keokuk.