NORWALK — Newton High’s Cardinals went into the 2017 Little Hawkeye Conference volleyball tournament as the No. 8 seed. They finished eighth in the second annual conference tournament hosted by Norwalk on Thursday.
The tournament had two pools of four teams. Following pool play, the top two teams from each pool moved into the championship bracket the other four teams advanced into the consolation bracket.
Newton was in Pool A with No. 1 seed Indianola, No. 4 seeded Pella Christian and fifth-seeded Grinnell. Pool B included No. 2 seed Dallas Center-Grimes, No. 3 seed Pella, No. 6 seed Oskaloosa and No. 7 seed Norwalk.
The Cardinals lost to Class 5A 11th-ranked Indianola 21-6, 21-9. They dropped a 21-9, 21-10 decision to Grinnell then lost 21-15, 21-7 to Pella Christian.
Indianola and DCG were the LHC regular-season co-champions with 6-1 records. They each won their pools at the tournament with 3-0 marks and played for the tournament championship.
Dallas Center-Grimes, which dropped out of the Class 4A rankings, upended Indianola for the 2017 tournament title, winning 25-15, 25-23. Pella, which is ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, beat Pella Christians 25-17, 25-20 in the third-place match.
Newton took on Oskaloosa in the seventh-place match and lost 25-12, 25-13. Taking the fifth-place match was Norwalk defeating Grinnell 25-20, 27-25.
The Cardinals were 0-7 in regular-season conference play. They have lost 12 straight matches.
Newton (3-25) prepares for Class 4A Region 4 action. The Cardinals play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Carlisle.
There were no individual statistics for Newton’s matches in the tournament available by presstime.
Little Hawkeye Conference
2017 Tournament Matchas
Indianola def Newton 21-6, 21-9
Indianola def Grinnell 21-9, 21-10
Indianola def Pella Christian 21-13, 21-11
Pella Christian def Grinnell 21-17, 21-16
Pella Christian def Newton 21-15, 21-7
Grinnell def Newton 21-9, 21-10
DCG def Norwalk 21-17, 21-13
DCG def Oskaloosa 21-13, 21-16
DCG def Pella 25-23, 21-14
Pella def Oskaloosa 21-16, 21-8
Pella def Norwalk 21-17, 21-12
Norwalk def 21-11, 10-21, 15-11
7th Place Match
Oskaloosa def Newton 25-12, 25-13
5th Place Match
Norwalk def Grinnell 25-20, 27-25
3rd Place Match
Pella def Pella Christian 25-17, 25-20
1st Place Match
DCG def Indianola 25-15, 25-23.
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