L-M spikers charge to win
The Laurens-Marathon volleyball team lit up it's own tournament on it's home floor here Saturday.
The Chargers went 3-0 in pool play and 6-0 in games in the morning, then dispatched West Bend Mallard 21-11, 21-11 in the championship semis before beating Clay Central-Everly 21-10, 21-17 for the title.
In all, the Chargers went 10-0 in games and 5-0 in matches.
"We showed some real improvement over last weekend," said L-M volleyball coach Kerry Feekes. "Our defense looked better and our serving was improved."
With the win, L-M improved to 10-3 overall in matches and 23-9 in games.
Meanwhile, four chargers made the all-tournament team, including hitters Jenni Elbert, Jacqulyn Schmidt, Kristi Brechler and setter Kim Milton.
L-M's toughest match came right off the bat Saturday morning in pool play, when it beat Clay Central Everly 21-18, 21-16. They followed that up with a 21-12, 21-8, win over Storm Lake St. Mary's and a 21-14, 21-17 win over Twin River Valley to win pool A.
Statistically, Brechler led the way offensively with 26 kills while Schmidt added 22 and Elbert 19. Amy Salton notched 17 kills while Ashlie Brazel made good on 16 kills.
Elbert was also tough defensively, coming up with five blocks. Salton and Brechler added four blocks each and Brazel added six.
Schmidt also helped defensively with 34 digs while Milton added 26, Elbert 20 and Brazel 17. Mackenzie Bell added 13 digs as well for L-M. Milton finished with 78 set assists on the day, Feekes said.
Meanwhile, Newell-Fonda won pool B, going 3-0 in matches Saturday morning with a 21-13, 21-15 win over Sioux Central, a 17-21, 21-15, 15-11 win over West Bend Mallard and an 18-21, 21-19, 21-19 and 15-11 win over Pocahontas Area.
But the Mustangs lost to Clay Central-Everly 21-17 and 21-12 in the championship semis. In the game for the third place trophy, Newell-Fonda came back to beat West Bend, Mallard 9-21, 21-10 and 15-7. Overall, the Mustangs improved to 5-4 on the season.
Mustangs coach Glenda Grote was pleased with her team's performance.
"I'm pleased with the way we've been playing this year," she said Sunday. "We have stepped things up from last year and are looking very good overall.
"Our play at the net has been getting better and better, with Mallary Chapman and Andrea Larsen really taking charge as middle hitters.
"Our blocking has to be one of the best defenses in the area and our serving percentage is 90 percent which is a great place to be. We still have things to work on, but I am very happy with what I'm seeing so far."
Storm Lake St. Mary's opened pool play with a 21-18 and 24-22 win over Twin River Valley, then lost to champs Laurens-Marathon 12-21 and 8-21. The Panthers then lost to Clay Central-Everly 9-21 and 15-21.
The Panthers lost to Sioux Central 21-19, 18-21 and 15-8 in the consolation semis before winning the seventh place game via forfeit over Twin River Valley.
With the 2-3 tourney record, St. Mary's overall record is now 3-4, according to coach Kim Johnson.
"We spent a lot of time blocking in practice and it paid off," she said. "We blocked or got a hand on a number of balls. Our spike coverage was much better also."
For St. Mary's, Lindsay Clausen and Marisha Imming led the way with seven kills each on the day while Kassie Drey and Kayla Snyder notched five each.
At the service line, the Panthers served 85 percent as a team. Kayla Snyder was 23 of 25 with five aces, while Richardson was 18 of 20 with four aces. In addition, Clausen was 16 of 18 with two aces and Smith 22 of 26 with five aces.
Meanwhile, the Sioux Central Rebels placed sixth in the tournament. The Rebels opened pool play with a 2-0 loss to Newell-Fonda before losing to Pocahontas 19-21 and 11-21. In the consolation semis, the Rebels beat Storm Lake St. Mary's 21-19, 18-21 ands 15-8.
"We played some good teams at the tournament and I felt my young team stuck right with our opponents," said Rebel coach Sue Mattson.
Madsen led the way offensively with 24 kills while Chelsea Winterboar added 14. In digs, Nicole Scheiber had 20, and Deb Christienasen 19.
Also making the all-tournament team were hitter Jennifer Parsons of CC-E, Ashley Weller from WBM and Sioux Central's Madsen. CC-E setter Melissa Goyette gained all tourney honors, as did setter Jenna Banwart of WBM.