ALBIA — The Albia High School volleyball team clinched second place in the South Central Conference as the Lady Dees defeated EBF 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17 Tuesday at Albia High School.
Abbey Griffin had 23 kills and Abbie Martin 25 digs for the Lady Dees (21-4, 5-1 SCC), while Alex Beard had 37 assists and 15 digs. Ellie Spurgin was 27 of 30 serving with eight aces.
Brooke Shafer had 13 kills and seven blocks for the Rockets (9-18, 3-2 SCC), while Grace Roberts added 10 kills and eight digs. Emalee Davis had 23 digs and Ellie Breon and Peyton Deevers combined for 29 assists.
“We blocked well and served aggressive, but our passing game was not there along with the communication,” EBF coach Gladys Genskow said. “The sets seemed to be back-and-forth all night, but we couldn’t keep a run going long enough. It’s always a tough loss with Albia.”
Albia hosts Mount Pleasant Thursday, while EBF visits Chariton Tuesday.
No. 7 Van Buren County 25-25-25, Notre Dame 17-12-18
KEOSAUQUA — Salena Sayre had 20 kills and 16 digs as the Class 2A seventh-ranked Warriors claimed a SEI Superconference South Division home win.
Taryn Scheuermann had nine kills and five blocks, and Grace Davidson added eight kills and 13 digs. Madison Bartholomew and Logan Schmitt combined for 34 assists.
Van Buren County (27-4, 5-1 South) hosts Keokuk Thursday.
Danville 25-25-10-25, Cardinal 20-22-25-21
ELDON — Maddie Cloke had 20 kills, 11 digs and three service aces, but the Comets fell to the Bears in a South Division home match.
Rachel Lewman had 30 digs for Cardinal (13-8, 1-4 South), while Maddy Langford added 29 assists.
Cardinal visits Holy Trinity Thursday.
No. 5 Mediapolis 25-25-25, Pekin 9-14-11
PACKWOOD — Helaina Hillyard had 13 kills and 11 digs to lead the fifth-ranked (2A) Bullettes to a SEI Superconference North Division sweep over the Panthers.
Mediapolis served 10 aces against Pekin (11-11, 4-3 North), which has lost five in a row.
Pekin competes in the Mount Pleasant tournament Saturday.
Davis County 25-22-19-25-17, Centerville 22-25-25-16-15
CENTERVILLE – Kaden Porter erased Centerville’s only match point of Tuesday’s South Central Conference thriller at Lakeview Gymnasium, setting up a pair of clutch kills from Jessica Early and a closing ace serve that allowed the Mustangs to earn a five-set victory over the Redettes.
Porter’s serve on Davis County’s second match point deflected Kyla Moore on the 211th point of the match. The Mustangs (14-11, 2-2 SCC) will host Centerville as well as New London, WACO, Albia and Cardinal in a six-team round-robin tournament on Saturday at the Mutchler Community Center in Bloomfield starting at 8:30 a.m.
Trojans fall twice
BURLINGTON — Fairfield fell to Fort Madison and 15th-ranked (Class 4A) Burlington during the opening round of the Southeast Conference tournament at Carl Johannsen Gymnasium.
Fort Madison defeated the Trojans 9-21, 21-14, 18-16, while Burlington won 21-14, 21-15.
Olivia Jones had nine kills for Fairfield (4-18), while Grace Stever added eight kills. Sophie Wallerich was 16 of 16 serving with two aces and Allison Rebling was 16 of 17 with a pair of aces. Lily Hoskins added 30 assists.
Fairfield will face Keokuk, Mount Pleasant and Washington on the second day of the tournament Thursday at Keokuk’s Wright Fieldhouse.
Davis County girls win Big Red Invitational; Cronin finishes first for Mustang boys
MORAVIA – Five runners crossed the finish line with top-10 runs for the Davis County girls cross-country team, allowing the Mustangs to win the Big Red Invitational team title easily on Tuesday at The Perserve Golf Course. The Mustangs scored 30 points, beating South Central Conference rival Knoxville by 65, as both Davis County cross-country teams gear up for the stretch run of a successful 2019 season.
“Our ladies are one of the top-ranked teams in Iowa right now and ran like it,” Davis County cross-country head coach Josh Husted said. “They scored under 40 points in such a large meet with only a 63-second spread between a third-place runner (Sophie Spargur) and our number five runner.
“All ran to personal bests as well. They pretty much dominated the running field with some very talented competition. Right now, they just keep getting faster and more competitive against each other in such a positive way.”
Kenny Cronin brought home an individual title for the Davis County boys, beating Kirksville freshman Dominic Cahalan by 13 seconds in a time of 17:03. As a team, the Mustangs finished fourth with 95 points, just 39 shy of meet champion Kirksville as the squad from Bloomfield continues to try and get healthier before the conference and state-qualifying meets coming up later this month.
“Kenny ran ill and still almost broke into the 16-minute range. We had two other varsity athletes sick in this meet and the boys responded well,” Husted said. “This was a very large meet and we had several at the top with many large teams.Seth Emmons really had a fantastic meet and ran to a personal best. This was also the first meet with Carson Shively returning since our first meet. He has been out with mono. We held him back in this meet and set slower expectations for him. He showed that he is completely healthy and ready to turn loose in upcoming meets.”
Albia finished second to Kirksville in the boys competition with 70 points, paced junior Landon Noe who finished sixth in 17:40 narrowly edged out of a top-five finish by Oskaloosa sophomore Patrick Deronde. The Albia girls scored 103 points, placing third at the Big Red Invite, with senior Sherryl Mae Rowe cracking the top five by placing fourth in 21:27.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont had top-25 runs in the girls race from teammates Madysen Wade (22nd in 23:13) and Shelby Akers (23rd in 23:18). The EBF boys scored 268 points to place ninth overall with freshman Sam Seddon leading the way, placing 46th overall in 19:39.