Washington, Columbus compete at Wapello tourney

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports


Washington High School got its first match victory of the volleyball season. The Demons won a match and lost two at the Wapello tournament Tuesday.

Columbus fell to 1-9 on the season with three match losses at Wapello.

The Demons lost to Wilton, 2-0, to start the evening.

?The first match tonight, the girls came out against Wilton and had a great warm-up,? Washington head coach Lexa Mahr said. ?We took that energy into the first set and were very competitive the first 10 points of the match. The score was back and forth until we had a mental break in focus during serve receive. This is where Wilton was able to pull away and take Set 1 and then Set 2.?

Wilton won by the scores of 21-14 and 21-7.

Isabel Bailey had four kills and Demons teammate Kaitlyn Mitchell hustled for seven digs while Phelan Hostetler landed two aces.

In the second match of the night, the Demons rebounded and played Central Lee close but lost 2-0 by the scores of 21-15, 22-20.

?When we played Central Lee, we were still playing around with the lineup in the first set, but our passing was not as consistent as it has been, which ended up hurting us the most in this match,? Mahr said.

Bailey spiked five kills with the help of Kinsey Duwa?s nine assists.

In the third match of the night, Washington overcame Columbus 2-1.

?It was great to finish the night with a win against Columbus Junction and the girls really came together and showed up to play,? Mahr said.

The Demons won the match 21-17, 15-21, 15-5.

Bailey and Hannah Anderson had five kills apiece while Addison Six and Hostetler each slammed four kills. Alexa Mitchell played a pair of aces.

?We played very well, but the wheels fell out on the last game when we struggled with one server,? Columbus head coach Lori Beenen said of the loss to the Demons.

Columbus dropped a 2-0 match to Wilton, 21-4, 21-10. The Wildcats took Central Lee to three sets but lost 20-22, 21-8, 15-12.

Angie Byas had eight kills and three blocks on the night for the Wildcats. Taylor Howell had 25 assists. Kayla Beenen contributed eight kills, six assists and 12 digs. Emma Milder supplied 14 digs, five kills and two aces.

Washington is 1-7 and plays at Keokuk Thursday.

Columbus plays Saturday at the North English tournament.