SHENANDOAH — Not until the final of Saturday’s volleyball tournament at Shenandoah did Creston drop a set, but unfortunately for the Panthers, the host Fillies got the best of their visitors, 25-16, 20-25, 15-12.
In the final, plenty of Panthers got in on the action, with Megan Haley leading Creston in kills with eight and digs with 14.
MaKenna Hudson and Taylor Buxton contributed 11 and 10 digs, respectively.
Kelsey Fields blasted seven kills while Buxton and Emma Hanson each added four. Hanson also was a team-best 13-of-13 on serves as Creston went 47-51 as a team in that respect.
Creston totaled 15 block assists, five of which came from Hanson and four came from Bree Ross. Ross’ 22 assists led Creston.
Creston took care of business in the semifinals against Stanton, defeating the Viqueens 25-15, 25-13.
Haley was tops on the Panthers with 11 digs and went 6-6 on serves. Fields’ nine kills led Creston.
Ross tallied 25 assists, with Haley (eight kills) Hanson (four kills) and Sam Dunphy (four kills) taking advantage of Ross’ setting.
Peyton Rice also added seven digs.
Pool play dominance
Creston made quick work of Missouri Valley, Fremont-Mills and Bedford all in two sets each to advance to the semis.
The opening match win over Missouri Valley, 21-18, 21-11 came as Creston was efficient on the attack, led by nine Fields kills.
Haley also posted five kills and 10 digs.
Hudson worked her way to 13 digs and Ross added five to go with her 16 assists.
The Panthers went 39-41 on serves, driven by Hanson (9-9), Haley (9-10), Ross (8-8), Hudson (6-6) and Dunphy (6-6).
Fields’ swing was in prime form, as her 15 kills led the Panthers to a 21-13, 21-14 win over Fremont-Mills.
Ross was a sizzling 18-18 on serves with three aces and set her way to 22 assists. She also added seven digs, as did Hudson.
Taylor Buxton led Creston with eight digs.
In the last win of pool play, Creston defeated Bedford 21-12, 21-8.
Haley led Creston with 10 digs. Fields’ five kills were tops for the Panthers.
Buxton added six digs while Dunphy, Hudson, Rice and Ross contributed four each.
Haley and Ross also both went 8-8 on serves while Ross popped up 12 assists.
UP NEXT — Creston (6-2, 0-1 in the Hawkeye 10), heads to St. Albert (9-4, 1-0) on Tuesday.
Tigers drop two
Lenox fell twice at the Shenendoah tournament Saturday, falling to Stanton 2-0, (21-8, 21-13) and Bedford 2-0 (21-8, 21-11).