In a battle of ninth-ranked teams in their respective classes, the larger school prevailed - twice - and the Storm Lake volleyball team had a rough day here at the E-LC Midget Invitational Saturday.
Class 3A No. 9-ranked Humboldt knocked off 1A No. 9 Laurens-Marathon in pool play and again in the championship match, while Storm Lake had a rough day all-around, losing all three matches just two days removed from its first loop victory in two years.
"It was a frustrating day," Tornadoes coach Kim Johnson confessed.
The Tornadoes (7-13, 1-3 Lakes Conference) lost 0-2 to E-LC (21-23, 19-21); 1-2 to Sioux City West (9-21, 21-5, 13-15); and 0-2 to Armstrong-Ringsted (16-21, 16-21).
The Chargers, who had an overall match record of 21-7 (5-0 NWC) at the conclusion of the tourney, breezed by Emmetsburg and Graettinger-Terril by 2-0 tallies in pool play but lost to Humboldt, 14-21, 21-18, 7-15. They were second behind Humboldt - also 2-1 - in their pool via a tie-breaker.
In semifinal action, L-M beat E-LC 2-0 (21-19, 21-11) and Humboldt topped Armstrong-Ringsted 2-0 as well.
Humboldt beat L-M 2-1 (21-23, 21-17,15-4) in the championship bout.
Laurens-Marathon's Kacie Woodley - who is swinging at a .333 clip this year - downed 33 kills over five matches (12 games). Jordan Sundblad spiked 21 kills while hitting .200. Shelby Heuton and Kim Kenobbie added 15 and 12 kills, respectively.
Kylie Woodley was 36 of 38 serving while Kacie Woodley served up seven aces.
Kylie Woodley had 65 assists and Kacie Woodley 49 digs. Megan Cleveland had 39 digs, while Kylie Woodley had 25, and Diana Johnsen and Amanda Zylstra each posted 20.
For Storm Lake, Slone Masters notched 12 kills on the day.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Tornadoes as they host 2A top-ranked Hull Western Christian tonight.
STORM LAKE STATS
Kills - Slone Masters 8, Michaela Brungardt 5, Cassie Meylor 4
Assists - Jaye Kwikkel 13, Katie Blum 4
Digs - Kelly Smith 14, Jordan Bauer 7
Blocks - Meylor 5, Masters 3
Serving - Kwikkel 11-13, Meylor 9-10, Blum 7-7
S.C. West match
Kills - Masters 5
Assists - Kwikkel 4
Digs - Brungardt 14
Blocks - Masters 3, Meylor 3
Serving - Masters 12-12
Aces - Masters 4
Kills - Blum 4, Meylor 4
Assists - Kwikkel 8, Blum 4
Digs - Bauer 10
Blocks - Meylor 4
Serving - Bauer 8-8, Masters 6-6