Highland, IMS advance to quarterfinals of SEISC Tourney
ELDON — With two teams advancing from each group of the Southeast Iowa Superconference tournament, Iowa Mennonite settled for second place, Thursday, in Pool Four and advanced to the tourney quarterfinals.
The Championship rounds will take place at Southeastern Community College’s Loren Walker Arena in Burlington, Saturday.
No. 12 IMS will face No. 4 New London. The pair of teams received three and four seeds, respectively, for the tournament.
“Now we have another opportunity to get better and see where we are at when we play another quality opponent in New London,” said IMS head coach Dwight Gingerich.
The tourney format had teams playing the best of three with the first two games going to 21 and the third to 15.
IMS (14-7) cruised in two games against Van Buren 21-9 and 21-8. It had little trouble against Louisa-Muscatine 21-7 and 21-14.
IMS faced Winfield-Mt. Union for the third time and like the teams’ last matchup, this meeting went the distance. The first two games went to extra points 22-20 with IMS taking the second game. Winfield-Mt. Union had an easier time with a 15-6 win in the third set.
“Winfield-Mt. Union played outstanding and we made just enough errors to let that one get away in set two,” Gingerich said.
IMS made sure it advanced with two wins over Cardinal 21-7 and 21-14.
“I liked the way we bounced back against Cardinal,” Gingerich said.
Senior Olivia Yutzy led her team with 32 kills across all four matches. She had 18 digs. Senior Casey Perez earned 14 kills, team-bests of 54 assists, six aces and 33 digs.
Sophomore Natalie Graber and junior Riley Schmieder had 11 kills each. Schmieder contributed three aces.
Senior Kristin Davis had 27 digs and hit five aces. Junior Demi Brezina had a near-perfect serving night, going 28-of-29 with six aces.
As the second-seeded team in Pool Three, Highland lived up to its seeding and advanced out of its group in Wapello with a 3-1 mark.
Highland defeated Lone Tree 21-9 and 21-18. Junior Sam Dutton had a game-high four kills.
Highland edged Columbus 21-18 in the first set and 21-8 in the second. Senior Jordan Rath led her team with six kills. Dutton had five kills. Senior Katlin Hora led her team with five assists.
Against third-seeded New London it was respectable in game one, a 21-16 loss. New London cruised in the second game 21-8. Junior Chelsey Lampe and Rath had a team-high three kills each. Junior Morgan Craig came up with six digs. Dutton had two blocks.
Wapello put a scare in Highland. The Huskies needed extra points in a game one win of 24-22. In the second game they won 21-16.
Rath and Lampe combined for 10 kills and eight assists in the match. Lampe led the team with four digs.
The Columbus volleyball team dropped its first six sets and three matches, Thursday at the Southeast Iowa Superconference tournament.
New London topped Columbus 21-7 and 21-14. Against Wapello the Wildcats fell by a pair of 21-18 scores.
In the fourth match, Columbus edged Lone Tree 21-17 and 21-10 for its first win of the night.
In the playoff matches because of a tie, the first team to score 21 won. Columbus defeated Lone Tree and lost to Wapello. The Wildcats advance to the consolation bracket.
Junior Kelsey Pretz had a team-best 17 kills.
Sophomore Laura Mincks was second on the team with 13 kills and seven aces. She led the team with 18 digs and four blocks.
WACO took third place at the Maharishi site, just missing out on a berth in the Championship bracket.
The Warriors finished 2-2 with wins over West Burlington 2-1 and Fairfield Maharishi 2-0 to advance to the consolation bracket.
WACO pushed Pekin to three games in what turned out to be a play-in game for the Championship bracket. WACO went up 1-0 after a 21-16 win. It got edged 21-19 before dropping the deciding game 15-7.
Senior Rosemary Skriver paced her team with 18 kills, 10 aces and 23 digs. Junior Aaliyah Brown had 13 kills.
Senior Ashlyn Hammen dished out 35 assists. Junior Erika Leichty had 16 digs.