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Rebel spikers hit stride, win Laurens tournament

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Behind 31 kills and 38 digs from senior middle hitter Stef Madsen, the Sioux Central High volleyball team won the Charger Invitational here Saturday, finishing with a 5-1 record.

Newell-Fonda took fourth place overall with Laurens Marathon taking sixth and Storm Lake-St. Mary's eighth.

The Rebels opened pool play with a 21-14, 21-15 win over Twin River Valley. In game two, Sioux Central suffered a 22-20, 16-21, 13-15 loss to Laurens Marathon.

The Rebels rebounded with three straight wins to capture the tourney crown. They beat West Bend Mallard 21-17, 15-21, 15-8 win in the last round of pool play, then edged Newell-Fonda in the championship semifinals, 12-21, 21-16, 15-11. In the championship finals, the Rebels beat Clay Central-Everly, 21-10, 19-21 and 15-9.

"What a fun day," said Sioux Central coach Sue Mattson. "I saw a lot of improvement throughout the day. Our passing is really starting to come around, and our hitters are hitting hard. Many girls stepped up their level of play."

Senior Chelsea Winterboer added 27 kills, while Beth Ehlers finished with 21. Junior Briana Scharn added 18 digs, while Samantha Halverson added 12 and Winterboer 13.

In serving for the Rebels, Courtney Williams was 51 of 53 with eight ace serves. Madsen was 44 of 48 in serving with seven aces.

Scharn finished with 52 set assists with Winterboer adding 27.

Newell-Fonda, meanwhile, went 2-1 to finish second in Pool B.

The Mustangs opened with a 21-19, 16-21 and 15-5 win over Storm Lake-St. Mary's. In its second pool match, Newell-Fonda lost a 21-12, 21-14 decision to Clay Central Everly. In their last pool match, the Mustangs edged Pocahontas Area 22-20, 14-21 and 17-15.

In the semifinal round, Newell-Fonda lost to Sioux Central, 21-12, 16-21 and 11-15. In the consolation semifinals, the Mustangs lost to West Bend Mallard, 13-21 and 14-21.

"This was a competitive day as all eight teams in the tournament were very evenly matched," said N-F volleyball coach Craig Davis. "We came in with three goals and we believed we accomplished them.

"We saw a lot of good things happen as we really begin to get into full swing with our season. We are still learning the game and our kids played with more effort and teamwork than we have so far this season."

N-F senior Hanna Reis had a good day on both offense and defense, finishing with 10 kills, eight set assists and 28 of 30 serving.

Senior Ashley Lussman added 13 kills and was 28 for 28 in serving. Sam Schaffer led the Mustangs at the net with 33 kills, and added 13 blocks. Tiffany Parker finished with 20 kills and eight blocks, while Tenaea Jeppeson added 20 kills, six blocks and 38 of 41 serving.

Junior Sarah Culp had 70 set assists on the day, adding four kills, four blocks and 34 of 35 serving. Kelly Johnson was 33 of 34 in serving, while Rachel Culp was 22 of 23 with two assists and two kills. Hannah Rossiter was 1 of 3 in serving, while Megan Peters added one kill.

As a team, the Mustangs served 184 of 194 for 95 percent.

Storm Lake-St. Mary's went 0-5 in the tournament to take eighth-place, but coach Michelle Rubel thought her team played well for the most part.

"We played well as a team and worked together to take most opponents to three games," Rubel said. "After this weekend, I am really looking forward to conference play."

In pool play, the Panthers opened with a 19-21, 21-16, 5-15 loss to Newell-Fonda. In game two, St. Mary's lost to Pocahontas 20-22, 21-14 and 17-15. The Panthers lost game three to CCE, 21-17, 13-21 and 16-14.

In the consolation semis, Laurens-Marathon beat St. Mary's, 20-22, 23-21 and 15-8. In the game for seventh place, Twin River Valley swept the Panthers 21-6, 21-19.

Maggie Lange led the Panthers will 21 kills, while junior Abby Richardson added 12 kills and 20 set assists. Cassie Weaver added 13 kills and junior Janie Imming finished with 11 kills.

Named to the All-Tournament team were Madsen and Scharn from Sioux Central, Bryn Johnson and Lacey Van Sickle from Laurens-Marathon, Shanda Klett and Lee Christensen of CCE and Nicole Schmidt from West Bend Mallard.



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