DES MOINES — A four-match winning streak put Newton High’s freshman Cardinal volleyball team in a three-way tie atop the field of Saturday’s Des Moines East tournament. The Cardinals claimed the tournament championship winning the tiebreaker with Dowling Catholic and Johnston.
After losing 21-18, 21-19 to Dowling on Saturday, the Cardinals recorded wins over Des Moines East B-team 21-4, 21-5, ADM 21-8, 21-15, East A-team 21-8, 21-13 and Johnston 21-16, 21-14. They finished the tournament serving 89 percent as a team for the five matches and downed 39 kills for the day.
“The girls played very well and most importantly had fun while competing. It was our best all around performance all season,” Newton freshman coach Eric Vander Velden said. “They were very excited to win the tournament.”
Newton won the tiebreaker for least points allowed in its five matches. Johnston beat Dowling to forge the three-way tie.
Riley Davidson led the Newton net attack with 12 kills on the day. She went 29-of-33 at the service line and had five ace serves. Jamie Rogers was the team’s top server for the day, going 46-of-50 with 16 ace serves. Rogers was 19-of-19 with eight aces against East A. She also had five kills.
Kayli Greer served up eight aces as she was 36-of-38 serving and had five kills at the net. Tess Brunsmann went 28-of-32 serving with five aces serves and had two kills. Brunsmann led the charge against Johnston, 10-of-11 serving with three aces.
Jerrica McGuire was 12-of-13 serving with five aces and had four kills — three kills against East A. Nykole Hernandez went 12-of-14 with two aces and two kills. Hernandez was credited with seven digs against Dowling and eight digs against ADM.
Haley Fuller was 7-of-8 serving for the tournament and had five aces serves. She had four kills at the net. Lainey Hull had five kills in the five matches and was 9-of-13 serving.
The freshmen play at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Oskaloosa in Little Hawkeye Conference play.
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