Warriors drop two in Twin Lakes Conference tournament
LAURENS - The Alta-Aurelia volleyball team saw themselves dropped into the 9th-11th place matches tonight as they dropped two straight on Thursday night in Laurens, falling to the Chargers (19-21, 19-21) and Sioux Central (12-21, 13-21).
"The girls started off strong against Laurens, taking an eight-point lead right away," said head coach Jennifer Keitges. "Unfortunately, our lack of communication led to our downfall. It is disappointing to see the girls play at the level they did when we know they can play so much better. We will be working hard all week to prepare for Sioux Central in our regional match next Wednesday."
Jenna Snyder led the Warriors against Laurens-Marathon, totaling eight kills and five digs.
Tayler Rohwer had five kills and four digs, Katie Turnquist had five kills and 13 digs, Kelsi Snyder had 15 assists, and Erica Lockin turned in 10 digs in the match.
Against the Rebels, Turnqist had four kills and 13 digs, Rohwer, Jenna Snyder and Tena Heschke had three kills apiece, Lockin 15 digs and Kelsi Snyder 13 assists.
Alta-Aurelia moves to 16-17 overall and resumes consolation play in the Twin Lakes tournament tonight in Pocahontas at 5:30PM when they take on Poky. They meet Southeast Webster-Grand at 6:30.
The Rebels also fell to the Chargers but advance on to the top-eight of the conference tournament by picking up the win over the Warriors. They fell to the host Chargers in two straight (14-21, 17-21).
Against the Warriors, Nicole Hamilton led the way with eight kills and six digs.
Hallie Ehlers had seven kills and 13 digs against A-A, Bailey McGuire nine assists and eight digs and Tayler Fahnlander nine digs.
"Wow, we were on fire this match," said Sioux Central head coach Sue Mattson. "We did so many, many good things. It was so fun seeing my girls having fun and playing like I know how they can play."
Against the Chargers, Hamilton and Fahnlander had two kills apiece and McGuire had seven digs. Hamilton had six digs and Fahnlander five.
"We just couldn't get the momentum going this match, and when we did, it was a little too late," said Mattson. "This match was nothing like the first one."
The Rebels (15-15) head back to Laurens tonight and will open play against Newell-Fonda (12-25) at 4:30PM. South Central Calhoun (29-9) and Manson Northwest Webster (12-16) are in the adjacent pairing, with the winner and loses squaring off in the next round at 6:30PM.
"I'm hoping we can continue playing Thursday night like we did against Alta-Aurelia," said Mattson. "Overall, it was a good night."
East Sac County and Prairie Valley make up one pairing on the opposite side of the bracket and the Chargers at Storm Lake, St. Mary's the other.
The Chargers (25-6) were led by Briley Sullivan against the Rebels as she totaled six kills and eight digs.
Brooke Runneberg had six kills, two digs, three blocks and three aces against SxC, Caitlyn Hueton had five kills and two digs, and Kaitlyn Pinney had 16 assists and four digs.
Against the Warriors, Carly Lampe had 10 kills. Sullivan had seven kills and 13 digs, Pinney had 18 assists and two blocks, and Allison Hofmaster had eight digs.
The Chargers take on the St. Mary's Panthers at 5:30PM tonight. East Sac County (25-6) likely awaits the winner and Prairie Valley (13-13) the loser.