It was a busy day on the high school volleyball courts Tuesday as area small school teams participated in a big night of conference play.
WACO stays hot
WAYLAND — The Warriors won a thrilling five-set match against Central Lee in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division battle. WACO came back from losing the first set to win three of the next four, taking the match 23-25, 25-10, 26-24, 14-25, 15-11.
Morgan Graber knotched 17 kills to lead the way for WACO. Ellie Miles had 12 kills. Taylor Sammons led with four blocks. Grace Coble dished out 14 assists, and Aubri Garnsey led the defense with 27 digs.
WACO is now 11-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. It will travel to Danville (1-3, 0-0) tonight.
W-MU seniors help sweep Columbus
WINFIELD — On Senior Night, Winfield-Mt. Union rolled to its third-straight SEISC North Division win. The Wolves defeated Columbus 25-14, 25-15, 25-20 behind seniors Jami Wilkerson, Kyndal Townsley, Emma Haines, Kayla Edwards, Molly Miller and Madie Anderson.
W-MU upped its record to 10-4. The Wolves’ offense was led by Buffington, who racked up 11 kills. W-MU’s serving placed 10 aces, four from Kyndal Townsley, three from Keetyn Townsley, two from Wilkerson and one by Miller. Kyndal Townsley produced 10 digs while Keetyn Townsley and Wilkerson had eight apiece. Edwards set 15 assists as Melina Oepping slammed added nine kills.
Columbus has a 6-8 record. Jobie Lekwa put up nine assists while Olivia Carrier put down six kills. Victoria Howell and Michelle Diaz added two kills each. Emma Milder had 16 digs. Carrier, Lekwa and Diaz ech landed three aces.
W-MU plays at Highland (2-6) tonight and Columbus also will hit the road to take on Louisa-Muscatine (3-0).
Comets drop three-setter
WEST BURLINGTON — Cardinal struggled in their SEISC South Division road game. The Falcons swept the Comets 25-12, 25-15, 25-10.
Kiya Chapin finished the night with four kills to lead the Comets. Riley Bears dished out nine assists, and Elizabeth Lett had 10 digs.
The Comets (2-5, 0-3) will host their home tournament on Saturday.
Golden Hawks have Senior Night
Mid-Prairie faced its second consecutive River Valley Conference foe that is ranked when Class 2A’s No. 3 Wilton (15-0) took a 25-16, 25-10, 25-12 win. West Liberty, 3A’s No. 7 won Thursday and Mid-prairie’s record is 4-2. Mid-Prairie had Senior Night for players Myah Lugar, Paige Peiffer, Karsen Jehle, Amber Swart, Maddie Edgington, Tori Boyse and Phelan Hostetler.
Landry Pacha had eight assists and Boyse hit five kills. Boyse had three blocks, Pacha two and Hostetler one. Swart and Oeiffer each had seven digs. Jehle had two. Pacha served two aces.
Mid-Prairie plays at Cascade (8-3) tonight.
Huskies rally falls short
In the SEISC North match at Wapello, Highland dropped the first two sets 25-14 and 25-21 but rallied to outlast the Arrows 26-24 in the third set before falling 25-12 to lose 3-1. Lindsy Massner had four kills for Wapello, Sarah Shafer 20 assists and Erin Hemphill 20 digs. Wapello improves to 6-7 while Highland is 2-6.
Highland hosts Winfield-Mount Union tonight.
Pekin climbs past Hillcrest
The Panthers won the home North Division match 25-19, 25-17, 26-24 over the Ravens to improve to 5-4. Hillcrest is 1-11.
Pekin got seven assists from Erika Coleman and seven kills from Claire Roth. Emma Phillips added six kills and Taylor Gambell five. Kaydlyn Johnson dug up 10 balls. Johnson and Coleman each served three aces.
Hillcrest’s Norah Yoder had eight assists, two aces and nine digs. Grace Miller and Evelyn Gerber combined to reach 16 digs. Yani Gutierrez had eight assists as Esther Hughes spiked 13 kills.
Hillcrest hosts Wapello tonight and Pekin plays at Lone Tree.