Chargers win region quarterfinal match, Schaller-Crestland, Newell-Fonda ousted
Betsy Behrens went 23-for-25 in hitting with 13 kills, and Lindsey Meyer was 16-for-17 in serving as Laurens-Marathon knocked off Central Lyon 15-8, 15-9, 15-2 in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal match played on Wednesday night at Spirit Lake.
Laurens-Marathon, now 29-5-1 overall and ranked 21st, plays No. 1 ranked Rock Valley (31-1-2) in a regional semifinal on Monday at 7 p.m. in Spencer.
"We used a big night serving and hitting," Laurens-Marathon coach Kerry Feekes said. "We served really well and Central Lyon passed well, so we didn't get as many ace serves. We hit the ball great. All of our hitters came up big. We were really effective on attacks."
Jenni Elbert went 27-for-34 in hitting with 14 kills for the Chargers. Jacqulyn Schmidt was 20-for-22 with 13 kills, Nicole Umbreit 13-for-15 with nine kills, Meyer 10-for-10 and Kristi Brechler 8-for-8 with five kills.
In serving, Umbreit went 13-for-14 with two aces, Joleen Sobotka 12-for-13, Schmidt 10-for-11 and Kim Milton 15-for-17.
Meyer made good on 74 of 77 set attempts with 44 assists. Schmidt was 10 of 11 with eight assists.
Behrens went 21-for-21 in serve receive, while Elbert was 18-for-20. Elbert charted 11 digs, Meyer nine,Behrens and Schmidt eight apiece, and Meghan Brugman six. Umbreit tallied two blocks.
Newell-Fonda's first-ever trip to regional play ended on Wednesday night as No. 2 ranked Hinton eliminated the Mustangs in three games at Hinton.
"Hinton had a terrific hitting team," Newell-Fonda coach Glenda Grote said. "They seemed to find our holes. It was tough getting over the top of a 6'1" middle hitter/blocker. I was very proud of my girls. We put on 32 blocks and never gave up. We are very pleased to have made it to regional play. It is a first for Newell-Fonda."
"We came up against some tough teams this season - Rock Valley, Schaller-Crestland, Hinton, Laurens-Marathon and Wall Lake View-Auburn. These teams have been rated all season. It has been a great learning experience playing against teams of this caliber. We can't hang our heads this season. The girls worked hard to get to this regional game and we played well as a team. We have come a long way since our first match and are already looking forward to next season."
Jessica Vander Kooi, who has verbally committed to play volleyball at the University of Missouri, charted 16 kills and seven blocks for the Blackhawks.
Tara Christensen recorded 13 set assists and Stephanie Sherwood added 12.
Newell-Fonda finished the season 10-11.
LeMars Gehlen 15-15-17
LeMars Gehlen pulled off an upset as it stunned 18th-ranked Schaller-Crestland in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal match played Wednesday night at Schaller.
LeMars Gehlen, now 24-9-1 overall and unranked, plays Hinton in a regional semifinal match on Monday at 7 p.m. in Hinton.
Schaller-Crestland finished its season with a record of 22-4-3 overall.