Area volleyball roundup

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats finally got to play volleyball in front of their home crowd in 2009. The Wildcats went 1-1 in Three Rivers League play Tuesday.
Marmaton Valley defeated Altoona-Midway High’s Jets 17-25, 25-19, 25-23. The Wildcats lost to St. Paul 25-10, 25-11.
“I’ve told our girls we have to learn how to win and against Altoona-Midway they showed it,” said Lindsay Johnson, MVHS head coach. “Against teams with power hitters, we get nervous and freeze.”
In the Altoona-Midway match, Cheyanne Miller delivered 11 kills plus has three service aces. Tiffany Dudley had three kills and two blocks and Alysha Westhoff had three kills. Morgan Henry and Lauren Scharff each had three ace serves.
Against St. Paul, Dudley “had her best match this year” as she pounded down 11 kills and had one block. Westhoff had 12 set assists.
“We are improving every game and that’s all I can ask from the girls,” Johnson said.
Also in Three Rivers League play Tuesday, Uniontown High’s Eagles visited Crest High’s Lady Lancers in Colony. Both teams notched wins over Pleasanton.
Uniontown beat the Blu-Jays 25-14, 25-2. Jessica Schaaf served up 14 points. Abbie Smith had eight kills while Jacy Ermel had four kills and Jessie Camac had three kills.
Crest rallied past Pleasanton 16-25, 25-11, 25-15. Amanda Strickler had 19 kills, eight digs and nine set assists for Crest. Melissa Honn had six kills, four digs and two service aces. Ashley Catt has six service aces and 11 set assists.
The Eagles won the league showdown with the Lady Lancers 25-16, 25-10. Camac served seven points and had three kills for the Eagles. Smith delivered eight kills and Ermel had six kills.
“The team really played well. They were focused and disciplined,” said Jackie Hall, UHS head coach. “Our passers — Tiffany Poyner, Candice Clayton and Jessica Murrow did a great job getting the ball to our setter, Tayler Shook. Tayler did a great job distributing the ball to our hitters.”
For Crest, Catt had eight set assists and four digs and A. Strickler had nine kills, two ace serves and seven digs. Honn, Caitlin Golden and Kristen Golden each had two kill. C. Golden had an ace serve. Tessa Louk had four digs.
“I am very proud of how our girls played against Uniontown. They worked very hard in all aspects of the game,” said Shelly Strickler, Crest head coach.
“Melissa Honn did a tremendous job passing the ball for us. We had many long volleys with them with great plays on both sides of the net.”
Southern Coffey County High’s Lady Titans stayed perfect in Lyon County League play with wins over Flinthills and host Madison Tuesday.
The Lady Titans beat Flinthills 25-16, 25-20, then handled Madison 25-20, 25-23.
SCCH head coach Korey Lankton said he didn’t have individual statistics for the matches. He did say that the Lady Titans were 38 of 40 serving against Flinthills and 43 of 45 serving against Madison.
“We really struggled with serve receive and free ball passing in the first set against Flinthills. We started to pick it up through the second set,” Lankton said. “We played with a little more emotion against Madison and it allowed us to get into a little bit of a tempo.”
Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs split road matches in Tri-Valley League play Tuesday.
They defeated host Caney Valley 25-20, 18-25, 27-25. Lauren Ouderkirk served nine points and Taylor Fitzmaurice had seven service points. Melissa Davidson put down nine kills plus had three service aces. Brandi Malloy had six kills and Amanda Maxton had nine set assists.
Neodesha defeated Humboldt 25-10, 25-17. Ouderkirk had four service points plus four digs. Hannah McCall put down six kills and Fitzmaurice had three kills. Maxton was credited with five assists.
“The girls played well against Caney and did a good job fighting back to win the match,” said Stephanie Middleton, Humboldt head coach. “We were a little shell shocked in the first set of the Neodesha match but settled down and played hard in the second set against a very good team.”
Playing at home in Tri-Valley League action, Yates Center High’s Wildcats lost to Burlington 25-17, 25-16 and the Cherryvale 25-17, 25-15.
“We play well for spurts. Our passing is better,” said Dan Berg, Yates Center head coach. “We had leads in both sets against Cherryvale and weren’t able to sustain them. We seem to lose focus at times.”
Against Burlington, Drew Spencer had two kills, two solo blocks, one tip and three set assists. Autumn Douglass had four kills and an ace serve. Alexa Stephenson had two kills and Daryean Estes had one kill. Paige Steinforth had two set assists.
In the Cherryvale match, Steinforth had three assists and three ace serves. Kassy Reynolds had one kill, one solo block and a tip. Douglass had three kills, one block and one ace serve. Reynolds and Estes each had an ace serve.
Yates Center’s junior varsity lost 25-7, 25-12 to Burlington and 23-25, 25-13, 15-10 to Cherryvale. Bri Crellin had eight service points for the night and four aces. Shannon Staats had seven ace serves. Allie Bruner had two kills.
On Saturday, Crest, Southern Coffey County, Yates Center and Marmaton Valley are at the Uniontown High Invitational. Crest, Marmaton Valley, Yates Center and Southern Coffey County are in the same pool.