SULLY — South Iowa Cedar League’s middle-of-the-pack teams — four of the 12 conference teams — staged a marathon of volleyball action Thursday. Lynnville-Sully hosted the SICL Silver Quad of the conference tournament with the team with two wins claiming fifth in the conference.
Colfax-Mingo, Sigourney and North Mahaska joined the hosting Hawks. Three matches were on the card for the night with the first match starting at 5 p.m.
Lynnville-Sully put the final touches on winning the fifth-place match against Sigourney as the clock neared 10:30 p.m. The Hawks pulled out a four-set victory — 25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23 — over the Savages.
Sigourney had just rallied to defeat Colfax-Mingo’s Tigerhawks in a five-set thriller 19-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-16, 20-18. Lynnville-Sully had gone four sets in the opener against North Mahaska, winning 25-8, 25-7, 18-25, 25-20.
“We didn’t want to play a fifth set. This means a lot because we weren’t going to stay here to this time of night and walk out of our gym with a loss,” Lynnville-Sully senior McKinley Conover said. “Kudos to Sigourney because the played a lot of sets tonight and battled hard Even though they were tired and we were tired, both teams put up a really good fight.”
Lynnville-Sully got the two victories and claimed fifth place. Colfax-Mingo and Sigourney went back-and-forth throughout their match.
Colfax-Mingo worked their top hitter senior Ries Wilson in the match. They set to her front row, back row, right, left and in the middle all match long. Wilson delivered by tying her career-high for kills in a match by pounding down 37 kills. She even had three kills — from the back row — when she was serving the ball for the Tigerhawks.
The Hawks (16-12) and Tigerhawks (10-14) put the regular season behind them. The two Jasper County volleyball squads focus on postseason play which begins next week.
On Tuesday, Colfax-Mingo plays at 7 p.m. against Pella Christian in Pella for Class 2A Region 5 action. Also on Tuesday, Lynnville-Sully hosts Collins-Maxwell at 7 p.m. for a Class 1A Region 4 match at Sully.
“Knowing you have the possibility of playing two best-3-out-of-5 matches on one night, which we did on Tuesday but that was a faster night of play, was tough,” Lynnville-Sully head coach Jayme Deal said. “Tonight it was point-for-point in every match played.
“When you have teams like these four which match up well against each other, you are going to get matches like we had tonight. It was just a long night and it feels good to be the team with the two wins.”
Lynnville-Sully took control of the first set of the fifth-place match with Sigourney. The Hawks had 16-10 lead and Skyler Young delivered six service points. Kills by Conover and Shiloh Cunningham came at either end of Young’s serving run.
Camryn Russell served up four consecutive points for Lynnville-Sully in the second set to expand her team’s lead. Then with it 22-21, Conover had three points including a kill shot to the far corner of the court by Russell for the win, 25-21.
In the next two sets, the Hawks worked from behind against the Savages. They trailed 17-10 in the third set and came back to tie it at 23-23. Sigourney tallied the final two points for a 25-23 win.
Lynnville-Sully fell behind 15-11 in the fourth set. The Hawks worked their way back for an 18-all tie. It was tied at 22 and 23 before Conover served the final two points to capture the match victory.
“I thought our Senior Night was the final time we’d play at home. So, to play at home tonight with my family and our fans was pretty special,” Conover said. “We do have one more home match in regional next week.”
Mallory Loftus led Lynnville-Sullys’s net attack against Sigourney with 10 kills and three solo blocks. Conover put down eight kills and Russell had five kills. Cunningham had four kills and one block asset. Carson Fisk and Korinne Jansen each put down three kills.
Young was credited with 30 set assists. Defensively, Conover had 24 its followed by Fisk and Yong with 22 digs apiece Janelle Rozendaal made 17 digs, Cunningham had 14 digs, Russell had 12 digs and Makayla Rozendaal had 11 digs.
Young served up 15 points, going 26-of-27 at the service line with two aces. Russell had 11 points and was 22-of-22 with four ace serves. Fisk went 19-of-20 serving with three aces in her eight points served.
Makayla Rozendaal served up eight points an Cunningham had six service points. Conover had three points including an ace serve.
“Everybody wanted it tonight, but our girls made up their minds they were going to get the two wins,” Deal said. “Sitting out for the five-set match was rough on our girls as they got relaxed and tired. Sigourney had a tough match with Colfax-Mingo so both teams were tired. Our girls just decided they were going to take it now.”
Colfax-Mingo seemed on its way to a victory in the second match of the night. Sigourney just wouldn’t fold. The two teams had back-and-forth play with sideout after sideout in each of the five sets.
The Tigerhawks got four straight service points from Wilson to secure the first set win, 25-19. They trailed the Savages 14-12 when Colbee Cunningham, who had run in the SICL cross country meet before play the match, served seven straight points. Colfax-Mingo got kills by Braedynn Rawlins and Wilson to get the win.
Up 2-0 in sets, the Tigerhawks wrangled an 8-5 lead in the third set. The Savages held off elimination as they finally had a 24-20 advantage. Not so fast, the Tigerhawks had a four-point serving run by Chelsey Temple.
Sigourney notched the set win, 27-25, but it took four more rotations to do it. The Savages used the momentum for a 3-0 lead in the fourth set. It was a point-for-point set as the teams were tied most of the way.
Sigourney took 19-15 lead and finished the set to force a deciding fifth set, which was only suppose to go to 15 points. Teams have to win by two points, and so it went.
Chelsea Russell’s five-point serving stint gave the Tigerhawks a 10-5 lead. They couldn’t close it out as the Savages gained the lead then it was knotted at 15-all. It was still tied at 18-18 when Sigourney scored on a defensive play then served up the final point of the match.
Wilson had 37 of the Tigerhawks’ 50 kills in the match. She had 24 digs, went 17of-20 serving with three ace serves, 11 service points and had two block assist. Megan Earles had 42 set assists and three kills. She also went 13-of-13 serving, had four service points and had 14 digs.
Colbee Cunningham was 22-of-26 serving with four ace serves and had 17 service points. She had three kills and a solo block. Temple had six kills, 13 digs, went 13-of-13 serving, had one ace serve among her seven service points.
Mackensie Brown was credited with 36 digs in the match. She was 12-of-12 serving and had two service points. Chelsea Russell served up 10 points, went 22-of-22 serving with two ace serves and had 27 digs. Kira Warrick had three digs.
The Hawks played North Mahaska’s Warhawks (12-14) in the first match of the night. They got out to a 9-3 lead in the first set. Makayla Rozendaal served five consecutive points bumping the Hawks’ lead to 20-6 on the way to a 25-8 win.
It was Makayla Rozendaal’s serving again in the second set to put the Hawks out to a big lead. She had an 11-point run at the service line as Lynnville-Sully netted a 25-7 win.
North Mahaska battled back to claim a 25-18 win in the third set by stringing runs of three, four and three points together. The Warhawks and Hawks battled in a close fourth set until Conover served up five straight points to give the Hawks some breathing room. A kill by Loftus gave Lynnville-Sully the set and match point.
Makayla Rozendaal had 17 service points in the match as she went 25-of-25 at service line and had three ace serves. She had 14 digs. Fisk had four ace serves among her 11 service points, going 20-of-21. Conover was also 20-of-21 serving with two aces and 11 points.
Camryn Russell had one ace serve as she, Young and Shiloh Cunningham served six points apiece. Young and Cunningham were perfect at the service line.
At the net against the Warhawks, Loftus powered down 14 kills and had a solo block. Conover, Fisk and Camryn Russell each and five kills and Jansen had three kills. Shiloh Cunningham ha two kills, three solo blocks and a block assist.
Young had 30 set assists an 16 digs. Fisk ha 19 digs while Camryn Russell and Makayla Rozendaal each had 14 digs. Janelle Rozendaal had 13 digs.
“We have tough competition starting with our first match in the regional. We have to be ready for it, and ready to go five sets if we have to,” Deal said of her team. “Having a night like tonight, showed us what Tuesday night could be like.”
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