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Area volleyball roundup: NV falls in POI final, Murray moves through Bluegrass tourney play

Southeast Warren 3, Nodaway
Valley 0

LEON – The Nodaway Valley Wolverines (22-6) met its match Tuesday, falling in the Pride of Iowa Conference championship 3-0 to Southeast Warren.

The Wolverines took it to SEW in the opening set, but fell 25-22. The Warhawks then took back-to-back sets at 25-11 and 25-19 to take the conference title for the 2020 season.

Leading the way in kills for the Wolverines was Corinne Bond’s nine. Lexi Shike had seven kills and a team-high 14 assists.

Defensively, Bond and Shike had the two highs in digs with 15 and 13, respectively. Emma Perkey, Whitney Lamb and Bond each had blocks.

NV was 45 of 51 at serve with three aces.

Valley 3, Southwest
Valley 1

LEON – The Wolverines took down Southwest Valley (13-12) in the Pride of Iowa Conference tournament semi-final Tuesday, winning 3-1.

The Timberwolves battled in the first set, and stole one from the Wolverines in a 25-22 score. Nodaway Valley charged back and won the next three sets, however, closing out the match in 25-22, 25-23 and 25-23 scores.

NV products Maddax DeVault and Bond tied for the high in kills for the game with 18. Marah Larsen had the high for SWV with seven kills.

Shike’s 39 assists was also the game-high. Isabelle Inman led for the Timberwolves in assists with 25.

Devault had 19 digs, with Bond (16), Madison Long (15) and Erin Rhoads (10) the only other Wolverines in double digits. Maggie Haer’s 18 digs was the high for the Timberwolves, and Norah Lund was close behind her with 17 digs.

Sam Larsen had six aces on 24 of 25 serving. Nodaway Valley was the more efficient of the two in serving, going 91-for-95 for a 95.8% success rate.

Lenox 3, Southwest
Valley 0

LEON – Southwest Valley fell to Lenox (10-6) in Pride of Iowa Conference tournament consolations 3-0 Tuesday.

Lenox won the three sets 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21.

TJ Stoaks was the leader in the game for kills, tallying 12. The Tigers as a team racked up 27 kills to Southwest Valley’s 14.

Inman had 14 assists for SWV. Only one assist was scored by Lenox, which was attributed to Stoaks.

Stoaks had five solo blocks and Jordan England had four solo blocks for the Tigers. Leading in digs for Lenox was Cassidy Nelson’s 33. Lauren Christensen had the next highest total with 14.

Haer led SWV in digs with 12.

Southeast Warren 3,
Lenox 0

LEON – Southeast Warren rolled through Lenox on its way to a POI championship, knocking Lenox out in the semi-finals in a 3-0 final Tuesday.

SEW won the three sets 25-20, 25-18 and 25-18.

Lenox had 20 assists from Christensen and six kills from Stoaks, both highs. Stoaks also led in blocks with four solos.

Nelson racked up 22 digs of the 68 scored by Lenox as a team. Booklyn Ecklin had the next highest total at 11.

Lenox 3, Wayne 2

LENOX – Lenox beat Wayne (8-17) in pool play of the Pride of Iowa Conference tournament Monday, winning 3-2 over the Falcons.

Lenox won the first set 28-26, then the third and fifth sets 25-23 and 15-8. Wayne won the second set 26-24 and fourth set 25-23.

Christensen’s 38 assists and Stoaks’ 12 kills were the team-highs. Michala Standley had 10 kills also.

Stoaks and England tied in solo blocks with five each. Nelson had 41 digs as well.

The game was the first one after a COVID-19 quarantine for the Tigers. The last game before Monday for Lenox was Sept. 26, which was a 2-0 win over CAM.

The win pushed the Tigers’ win streak at the time to five.

Mormon Trail 2, Diagonal 0

MELCHER – Diagonal (0-15) lost to Mormon Trail Tuesday in the Bluegrass Conference Tournament 2-0. The loss effectively knocked out the Maroonettes from conference title contention.

The Saints won 25-22 and 25-12 over the Maroonettes in both sets.

Taylor Lumbard had four kills for the team-high. Kira Egly had five assists, also a team-high.

Lumbard had the lone block for Diagonal in the loss. Egly was the leader in digs with eight and in aces with five.

Melcher-Dallas 2, Diagonal 0

MELCHER – Diagonal lost its first game in Bluegrass Conference tournament play, losing to Melcher-Dallas (19-2) Tuesday night 2-0.

Melcher-Dallas rolled on in 25-11 and 25-7 set victories.

Lumbard had the only two kills for Diagonal. Keara Ott and Egly had assists.

Lumbard also had a block abd six digs, tying Ott for the high on the team.

Murray 2, Moravia 0

MURRAY – Murray (15-7) blanked Moravia in Bluegrass Conference tournament play, winning 2-0 Tuesday night.

Moravia fought, but the Mustangs were slightly better, winning both sets 26-24 and 25-22.

Twila Barber’s four kills were the team-high. Kinzee Eggers, Teryn Sheilds and Chloe Church each had three kills.

Jayda Chew’s eight assists were also the high for the Lady Mustangs. Murray as a team had 13 digs and four blocks.

Murray 2, Moulton-Udell 0

MURRAY – Murray moved on in Bluegrass Conference tournament play Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Moulton-Udell (0-18).

The Lady Mustangs made quick work of the Eagles, winning 25-8 and 25-10.

Shields and Church tied for the lead in kills with five. Chew was the primary setter in the game, posting 14 assists.

Murray had just nine digs and one block, and was a perfect 49 of 49 at serve with 10 aces.

Orient-Macksburg 2, Seymour 0

SEYMOUR – Orient-Macksburg (5-13) won its first game in Bluegrass Conference tournament play by forfeit, taking a 2-0 score over Seymour by default.

No stats are recorded in the forfeit.

Ankeny Christian 2, Orient-Macksburg 0

SEYMOUR – O-M lost in conference tournament play to Ankeny Christian (16-11), falling 2-0.

The Bulldogs lost both sets 25-16 and 25-13.

Draven Pierce, Addy Kerr, Emily Campbell and Caitlyn Gist each recorded kills. Kinsey Eslinger was the leader in assists with four.

O-M had 31 digs, with Gist and Kasyn Shinn tying for the high with nine. Gist had the lone block by an O-M defender.

Pierce was 10-for-10 from serve with two aces.

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