Davis drives West Marshall into second round
STATE CENTER – West Marshall made certain that the third time was not charmed, denying upstart CMB in the second round of Class 2A Region 5 volleyball action on Tuesday night with a four-set victory.
The Trojans swept CMB twice during their run to the Madrid Tournament title a little over three weeks ago, but found themselves down a set after Tuesday’s postseason opener. West Marshall rebounded to take the second set and claimed the next two convincingly, winning 25-27, 25-20, 25-13, 25-12.
West Marshall advances to the regional semifinals for the first time in five years, where it will face ninth-ranked Grundy Center (27-8) on Friday night. The Spartans, who needed four sets to turn back South Hardin, will host the 7 p.m. semifinal. Grundy Center swept West Marshall in their NICL West Division pairing back in September.
Jennifer Davis led the Trojans through CMB’s early challenge, finishing with a team-high 16 kills on 34 attempts. She ended with a .294 hitting percentage in the match.
In eight sets total against CMB this season, Davis totaled 30 kills on 59 attempts with a .356 attack efficiency.
“She hit the ball hard, she looked like she came to play tonight,” said West Marshall coach Al Craven. “She had a nice night.”
Brandy Wilkey contributed 11 kills and Morgan Hopper had 10 more for the Trojans, who had not played in two weeks. Gabby Reyerson had four kills and a team-leading four blocks, Alarie Craven racked up 40 assists and 16 digs, while Claire Underwood finished with a team-best 23 digs and served 21-for-23 with three aces.
Craven was 18-for-18 serving with three aces, Wilkey went 17-for-19 with three more aces, and Mackenzie Coberly finished 17-for-19 with two aces.
Dike-New Hartford 3, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 0
DIKE – Briana Weber racked up 17 kills and Brooke Morgan had 10, leading the top-ranked Dike-New Hartford volleyball team to its 34th consecutive win, a 3-0 sweep of Gladbrook-Reinbeck in Tuesday’s Class 2A Region 6 quarterfinals.
The Wolverines (40-1) also served 67-for-70 with six aces in dispatching the Rebels from postseason play, 25-10, 25-9, 25-8. Rachel Koop had 31 assists and was 12-for-12 serving with three aces for D-NH, which is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.com. Morgan, a 6-foot-5 middle hitter, amassed eight blocks at the net.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (11-23) was led by setter Jenny Schildroth’s eight assists, four kills and 6-for-6 serving. Britney Keller, Ellie Stoakes and Hayley Weber had three kills apiece, but the Rebels had 21 swinging errors and a negative hitting percentage against the two-time defending 2A state champions.
Alyssa Christopher and Weber both had four digs, while Stoakes served 6-for-6 with an ace. Bailea Evenson was 4-for-4 with G-R’s only other ace.
Dike-New Hartford advances to face Hudson (23-11) in Friday’s semifinals. Denver meets North Butler in Nashua in the other semifinal match, and the regional final is Nov. 6 at Clarksville.
AGWSR 3, NE Hamilton 0
ACKLEY – Surrendering just 20 points on the night, the Cougars pounced on Northeast Hamilton 25-5, 25-7, 25-8 in Class 1A Region 4 quarterfinal action Tuesday.
Madison Fryslie paced AGWSR’s attack with 14 kills, eight digs and two aces on a 22-of-22 effort behind the service line. Danielle Henning tallied a team-best 16 assists along with seven kills as the Cougars (8-23) snapped a five-match skid. Taylor Steinfeldt added seven kills, Alana Groninga had six and Alexa Johnson five. Olivia Ingledue led the defense with 19 digs and Kim Ellingson distributed 14 assists. Ellingson (12-12), Groninga (15-16) and Henning (10-10) each had a pair of aces as the Cougars served up eight as a team converting 70-of-73 from the service line.
No stats were available for the Trojans (8-20), which had won their previous two matches. AGWSR travels to Gilbert to square off with No. 8 Grandview Park Baptist Friday in a semifinal match. The winner advances to the regional final to play the victor of No. 15 Martsendale-St. Mary’s (26-9) vs Guthrie Center (21-6).
Grandview Park Baptist 3, Colo-NESCO 1
COLO – The Royals grabbed Grandview Park Baptist’s attention early but couldn’t carry over the momentum in a Class 1A Region 4 quarterfinal Tuesday.
The eighth-ranked Defenders denied the Royals 23-25, 25-14, 25-11, 25-14. Caitlyn Riese led the Royals (13-13) with seven kills, 11 digs and three blocks, while finishing 10-for-10 on serve. Madison Farren added four kills and seven digs as Hannah Buseman tallied four kills and five digs. McKenna Farren distributed 13 assists and converted all 11 service attempts, while Brittnee Packer recorded seven assists.
No stats were available for Grandview Park Baptist (28-10), which has won 14 of its last 15. The Defenders advance to face AGWSR (8-23) in a semifinal Friday at 7 p.m. in Gilbert.