By Andy Krutsinger, GTNS Sports
WINFIELD ? It looked like Winfield-Mt. Union and Columbus Community were in for a barnburner after a thrilling first set Tuesday night, but a couple of big runs from the Wolves led to a W-MU sweep.
W-MU took games 27-25, 25-8 and 25-17 to pick up their first home win of the year and move above .500 overall this season.
The Wildcats came out swinging early. Columbus took the lead in the first set and W-MU didn?t tie the game until 19-19.
The Wildcats actually had three set points in the first set, but the Wolves were able to score with their backs against the wall.
?It was kind of critical for us to pull that out, because we started very slow,? W-MU head coach David Pieart said after the game. ?We didn?t make them play defense much, and they were making us pay for it.?
The Wolves used that momentum to win a blowout second set. W-MU jumped out to a double-digit lead early.
Kyndal Townsley stepped in to serve for W-MU at the beginning of the third set and the Wolves immediately lept out to a big lead. Townsley served 11 straight points to begin the set.
The Wildcats clawed back, cutting the Wolves? lead almost in half at one point, but the Wildcats ran out of time.
Coach Pieart pointed to the first set as a spring board for the Wolves? success.
?The game could have went a whole different way there if we didn?t pull it out,? Piaert said. ?It was good for us to hold off three set points.?
Jenna Buffington led the Wolves with 11 kills. Edwards led the Wolves with 23 assists. Townsley?s 28 digs led the defense.
Kayla Beenan had seven kills to lead Columbus in the loss. Angie Byas and Olivia Carrier had four kills each. Michelle Diaz had one kill and Emma Milder finished with one.
Milder had a team-leading 17 digs for Columbus. Taylor Howell had 13 assists. Byas had the team?s only block.
Milder led the team serving, going 13 of 13 with three aces. Beenen ended the day with two.
Columbus is 2-14 overall, 0-3 in the North. The Wildcats play Saturday in the Keokuk tourney. W-MU is 6-5, 2-1.
Wapello 3, Highland 2
The Huskies lost a very close road Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division match despite taking a 2-1 lead. The match score was 27-25, 25-27, 21-25, 25-19, 15-9 for Wapello.
?We played really hard,? Highland coach Whitney Howard said. ?Our back-row defense was great, and we went up and swung smart. We had some critical errors in the fifth set that put us in a hole.?
Highland is 1-9, 1-2 in the North. Wapello is 5-5, 2-1 in the North.
?I?m pleased with how the girls played together and look forward to getting into the gym to work on certain aspects of our game,? Howard said.
No. 2 Tipton 3, Mid-Prairie 0
?Even though the scores don?t necessarily reflect it, I thought the team as a whole played together and put every bit of our effort towards each set,? MP coach Cindy Miller said of the road match. ?Tipton is one of the top-rated (Class 3A)teams in the state, but that didn?t stop us from attaining our goals. We wanted to begin building momentum as we played through each set, get hands on the ball at the net.?
The Golden Hawks lost 25-15, 25-9, 25-17. Tori Boyse, Makensie Rich and Myah Lugar each earned a block assist. Defensively, Abbi Patterson, Cassidy Hershberger, Amber Swart, Makensie Rich and Catilyn Riggan combined for 36 digs. ?I liked the way everyone adjusted, kept their composure and never shied away from playing aggressive,? Miller said. ?We once again served 93 percent as a team as Cassidy, Amber and Abbi were perfect from the line. There were so many good things that happened tonight, we will take those positives with us as we face Wilton later this week.?
Mid-Prairie is 4-3 overall, 0-3 in the River Valley Conference. Tipton is 11-2.
Central Lee 3, WACO 1
WACO lost the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division match in Wayland 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-14.
Morgan Craber had nine kills for the Warriors. Laney Graber had 21 assists and Aubri Garnsey had 21 digs.
WACO?s record is 6-4 overall, 0-3 South. Central Lee is 6-3, 2-2 South.
IMS 3, Pekin 1
Iowa Mennonite School won a Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division road match 24-26, 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 at Packwood.
Mia Graber had 16 kills for IMS, thanks to Samantha Miller's 25 assists. Suzanna Yoder had 25 digs.