ELDON — Selena Sayre had 14 kills and five blocks, and the fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Van Buren High School volleyball team overcame a late deficit in the second game for a 25-9, 32-30, 25-10 SEI Superconference South Division win over Cardinal Tuesday.
Cardinal led the Warriors (8-0, 2-0 South) trailed 20-14 and 22-15 in a marathon second game that helped seize momentum in the match.
Taryn Scheuermann had eight kills and Grace Davidson had eight kills and seven digs. Logan Schmitt had 16 assists and Isabel Manning 19 digs, while Madison Bartholomew was 14 of 15 serving with four aces.
Van Buren hosts Central Lee in a key divisional match Thursday.
No. 13 Knoxville 28-25-25-25, No. 15 Albia 30-23-22-23
KNOXVILLE — Abbey Griffin and Ellie Spurgin combined for 37 kills, but the 15h-ranked (Class 3A) Lady Dees fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in a South Central Conference setback to No. 13 (4A) Knoxville.
The four games between the SCC front-runners were decided by a total of nine points. Alex Beard had 37 assists for Albia (8-1, 1-1 SCC), while Abbie Martin had 29 digs. Beard also was perfect on 21 serves with four aces.
Knoxville is 9-0 (2-0 SCC). Albia competes in the Chariton tournament Saturday.
Pekin 25-20-25-25, Columbus 19-25-21-19
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Allison Bainbridge had 16 kills and 10 digs to lead the Panthers in a SEI Superconference North Division road win.
The Panthers (8-6, 1-1 North) served 15 aces against the Wildcats, with Erika Coleman, Kylie Davis, Eden Greiner and Kylie Noel serving three apiece.
Coleman had 13 assists in the win.
Pekin hosts Highland in a division match Thursday.
Davis County 25-25-25, Chariton 9-3-10
BLOOMFIELD — Kaden Porter had eight kills, while Jessica Early added six kills and was 22 of 22 serving with six aces as the Mustangs picked up a South Central Conference win.
Morgan Petefish had five kills and Brett Lough had 18 assists for the Mustangs.
Davis County (5-6, 1-0 SCC) competes in the Chariton tournament Saturday.
EBF 23-25-25-25, Centerville 25-16-22-21
EDDYVILLE — Brooke Shafer had 17 kills and seven blocks, and Grace Roberts added 10 kills to lead the Rockets to a South Central Conference victory over the Redettes.
Ellie Breon had 23 assists and Peyton Deevers 13 aces. Emma Davis had 10 digs in the contest. The Rockes were down seven points in the fourth game before rallying to win.
“We struggled with passing, which didn’t allow us to get our offense going consistently,” EBF coach Gladys Genskow said. “Centerville put up big blocks and it took us a while to adjust, but once we did our girls had some nice skills.
“The match was close at times, but we fought for every point.”
EBF (6-4, 2-0 SCC) plays in the Southeast Polk tournament Saturday.
Washington 25-25-20-25, Fairfield 22-19-25-23
WASHINGTON — The Demons took the first two games and claimed a Southeast Conference win over the Trojans at Washington High School.
Olivia Jones had 14 kills and six blocks to lead the Trojans, while Chloe Stever had nine kills and Lily Hoskins 29 assists. Sophie Wallerich added nine digs. Grace Stever and Carly Ferrel had seven and five kills, respectively.
The Trojans (2-3, 1-1 SEC) play in the Linn-Mar tournament Saturday.
Davis County girls earn perfect score
KEOSAUQUA — The 14th-ranked (Class 2A) Mustangs took each of the top six spots, scoring 15 points to attain a perfect score during Tuesday’s two-class Van Buren Invitational at the Riverview Club.
Sophie Spargur won the large-school class (20:57), followed by teammates Addison Stuchel (21:18), Makayla Bachman (21:40), Macy Hill (22:03), Madison Matheney (22:35) and Tatum Turner (22:39). The girls race was ran mistakenly, with runners advised on a wrong turn.
“I was hoping to hide the girls from the rankings just a little longer, but they embraced it and really set things on fire,” Davis County coach Josh Husted said. “This was a ‘wow’ moment as a coach. I don’t think I’ve witnessed a team complete the top six.”
Among the smaller schools, Van Buren’s Faith Neeley was third overall in 21:13, while Cardinal’s Alexia McClure was eighth (22:29).
Fairfield’s Makenzie Kraemer was 14th overall in 22:53.
Davis County’s Kenny Cronin won the boys race overall and the large-school race by over a minute in 16:08. Fairfield’s Alex Forrest was fourth overall (17:50).
Van Buren’s Jonah Heckenberg led the Warriors with a 10th-place finish in 18:32.
“Our boys are down right now with two or three athletes sick and either not performing up to par or not running at all,” Husted said. “Fortunately it’s early, but there is amazing potential when they are all healthy. It’s a great opportunity, however, for other athletes to step things up.
“Kenny completely controlled the race and ran against the clock.”