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Tigers share South on final night

New London, West Burlington split division title after roller coaster year

New London’s Elly Manning keeps the ball alive during the Tigers’ road game at Holy Trinity. After a wild year in the SEISC South, New London earned a share of the crown on Tuesday night. (File)
New London’s Elly Manning keeps the ball alive during the Tigers’ road game at Holy Trinity. After a wild year in the SEISC South, New London earned a share of the crown on Tuesday night. (File)

The phrase “when the dust settled” is sometimes thrown around loosely, but it couldn’t be more accurate for what happened on Tuesday night. After a grueling 2020 campaign in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division, only two teams remained at the top of the standings; New London and West Burlington.

The first thing New London needed to do was win their final South Division game. The Tigers hosted Cardinal and swept the Comets 25-12, 25-15, 25-14 behind a nine-kill night from Paris Wilka. Cardinal’s Kiya Chapin led the Comets with four kills.

The next thing they needed was for first-place West Burlington to lose. The Falcons were upended in a five-set thriller at Notre Dame, falling 25-13, 23-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-10.

Coming into the night, both WACO and Holy Trinity had a shot at sharing the crown with a win and a West Burlington lost, but neither WACO or HTC walked away victorious.

WACO was upset by another Union area coverage team. Van Buren County stunned WACO in three-set fashion, sweeping the game 25-23, 25-15 and 25-17.

Chelsey Huff led VBC with 11 kills. Isabel Manning had 29 assists.

Morgan Graber’s five kills led WACO. Molly McLaughlin added five kills. WACO was without starting setter Grace Coble.

HTC had a tough matchup of their own. The Crusaders blew a 2-0 lead in a Lee County showdown with Central Lee, falling 19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 27-25, 15-6. That was HTC’s third five-set loss in October with one of them coming in South Division play.

West Burlington and New London both ended the season 6-2 in conference play. WACO, Central Lee, HTC and Notre Dame all have three losses. Notre Dame will play last-place Danville tonight (Thursday) to wrap up the conference slate.