Volleyball season gets under wayHuskies win three; Mid-Prairie, Keota pick up two wins each
Multiple area teams kicked off the volleyball season on Monday afternoon in a pair of tournaments.
In a tournament in Keota, the Highland Huskies started off their year strong, going 3-0.
The Huskies knocked off host Keota 2-1, Mid-Prairie 2-0 and Lone Tree 2-0.
Keota handed Highland its only lost set of the day 25-12 in the second set of its first match, but Highland was led by Cheyann Adamson and Morgan Craig with six kills each in the match against the Eagles.
Overall, Chelsey Lampe led the Huskies on Monday with 14 kills, while sophomore Kelsey Hora picked up five serving aces.
Defensively for the Huskies, Hora led the way with 19 digs in the season-opening tournament, while Cheyann Adamson, Courtnee Hahn and Jenna Dresselhaus all picked up double-digit digs in the three wins.
Dresselhaus and Lampe shared the setting throughout the day, each finishing with 21 assists.
Mid-Prairie’s only loss in the tournament came to the Huskies, 2-0, but that match was sandwiched between a 2-0 win against Belle Plaine and a 2-1 win over English Valleys.
Taylor Kurtz led the Golden Hawks on the day with 26 kills, followed by Emily Cayton’s 17.
Ashlin Stumpf helped out all around in the first games, racking up 20 assists, 18 digs, and going 43-for-43 on her serves, with five aces.
Clarice Murphy picked up a team-high 25 assists to go with 10 digs, while Ashley Miller and Ashley Sojka led the team in digs with 23 and 21 respectively.
“Overall, this was a good first night for us,” Mid-Prairie head coach Cindy Miller said. “This tourney gave our team the opportunity to get some nerves out and show what we are capable of accomplishing. These girls are capable of so much and will be fun to watch as they progress as a team.”
It its home tournament, Keota went 2-1, with its only loss coming to Highland, 2-1.
After the loss, the Eagles bounced back for 2-0 wins against Lone Tree and Belle Plaine.
Madison Sheetz was big for Keota, racking up 23 kills on the night, while Abby Schulte was great as the setter, with 43 assists in the team’s first action of the season.
Defensively, Keota was led by Callie Greiner, who had 30 digs.
Highland will take part in a tournament at West Branch on Saturday, Mid-Prairie will take on Louisa-Muscatine on Sept. 2, and Keota will be in a tournament at Wilton on Thursday.