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PCM finishes third at Cardinal ‘Early Bird’ Invitational

PCM senior Bella Stone sets up a teammate during the Mustangs' season-opening tournament in Newton on Aug. 25. PCM has started the season 4-5 after the first week of competition.
PCM senior Bella Stone sets up a teammate during the Mustangs' season-opening tournament in Newton on Aug. 25. PCM has started the season 4-5 after the first week of competition.

PCM volleyball coach Mike Vittetoe played everyone on his varsity roster during the Cardinal ‘Early Bird’ Invitational on Aug. 25.

Vittetoe is still trying to figure out who will step up and provide the Mustangs with the best chance to win. And not much was figured out at Berg Middle School.

“We played everyone tonight because we are mixing it up to see who steps up,” Vittetoe said. “It’s tough because one girl maybe blocks better and another girl hits better. I don’t know if we cleared anything up. We didn’t have much separation tonight.”

PCM (4-5) placed third in the tournament, defeating Heart of Iowa Conference rival Saydel and Class 4A Des Moines Hoover in straight sets. The Mustangs also were swept by 4A Newton and 4A Knoxville.

Each match was best two of three and teams went to 21 for the first two sets and 15 if it went to a third and final set.

Newton defeated PCM 21-13, 21-14 after Knoxville defeated the Mustangs 21-16, 21-15.

The Mustangs’ first win of the year came against Saydel, and it was 21-13, 21-10. They ended the night with a 21-12, 21-10 win over Hoover.

In a battle between two Jasper County teams, Newton jumped out to a 6-0 lead over PCM.

PCM senior Celeste Wagaman’s kill made it 8-4 and her ace later kept the Mustangs within striking distance.

Wagaman led PCM with nine kills, four blocks, three digs and three aces on the night.

The first set stayed close until Newton closed on an 8-2 run.

In the second set, Newton went up 9-2 early. The Mustangs didn’t go away quietly, closing the gap to 12-10 after kills by sophomore Riley Johannes and junior Claire Wilson and a block by senior Kassidy Block.

That’s when Newton pulled away though. Kate Callaghan had back-to-back kills and then smashed down two more before closing out the sweep.

Vittetoe thought his Mustangs would be a good serving team this year, but they missed too many overall on the night.

PCM connected on 84 percent of its serves, but it was when it missed that frustrated Vittetoe the most.

“We talk about places where you can never miss serves like back-to-back or after a timeout,” Vittetoe said. “We give tallies on those and we had at least eight of those tonight.

“I was disappointed that we missed too many serves in the spots we talked about where you can’t miss them. Our serve receive was good for the most part. We limited the aces more this year than we did last year. We gave up way too many aces last year.”

Wilson finished with six kills, three digs and four aces for PCM, while senior Jackie Vos added five kills, four digs and two aces and was 15-of-15 in serves.

Senior Bella Stone had 17 assists, junior Chelsea Bird finished with 10 digs and four aces and senior Lilli Baird was 11-for-11 in serves.

Johannes tallied four kills, senior Riley Hjortshoj added three kills and Block had two kills.

PCM wins twice at

West Marshall tournament

STATE CENTER — The Mustangs went 2-3 at the West Marshall tournament on Aug. 29.

PCM swept host West Marshall and Davis County and lost in straight sets to BCLUW, Columbus Catholic and Centerville.

In the 21-9, 22-20 win over Davis County, Stone had 10 assists, Wilson tallied five kills and three digs and Bird finished with five digs.

Wagaman had two kills and three blocks, Vos chipped in two kills and two digs and Baird had two digs.

The Mustangs were 37-of-38 from behind the service line. Wilson and Bird were each 8-of-8 with one ace and Stone was 6-of-6 with an ace.

PCM defeated West Marshall 21-16, 21-16. Stone led the way with 19 assists, two kills, three digs and one ace and she was 4-of-4 in serving. PCM was 33-of-40 in serves.

Wagaman tallied five kills and four blocks, Vos had five kills and five digs and Block added a pair of kills and a pair of blocks. Wilson and Bird each had five digs, Johannes chipped two kills and Baird had two digs.

The Mustangs lost 21-13, 21-12 to BCLUW. Senior Emma Reed led the way with three kills, Stone dished out eight assists and Bird finished with four digs and two aces. Wilson had two kills and Vos chipped in four digs.

The Mustangs were 24-of-26 in serves. Bird was 8-for-8 and Wilson was 7-of-7.

Centerville defeated PCM 21-18, 21-17. Wagaman had four kills, Wilson finished with two kills, Stone tallied seven assists and Bird collected five digs. Sophomore Sidney Shaver also had three assists.

Wagaman and Bird both were 7-of-7 in serves as PCM finished 27-of-31 as a team.

The toughest loss of the day came against Columbus Catholic, which defeated PCM 21-8, 21-9.

Stone had four assists, Bird finished with four digs and Wagaman tallied four blocks. The Mustangs were 16-of-18 in serves. Stone finished 4-of-4.

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