Wolverines crowned at Bedford tournament
East Mills knocked off Corner Conference rivals Sidney and Stanton on its way to the championship at the Bedford Volleyball Tournament Saturday.
The Wolverines (22-7 overall, 3-1 in the conference) went 2-1 in pool play with a 21-6, 21-5 win over Lamoni and 21-5, 21-9 win over Mount Ayr and a loss to Stanton, 22-20, 18-21, 8-15.
East Mills would then down avenge a loss to Sidney two weeks ago with a 17-21, 21-15, 15-9 victory to set up a rematch in the championship against the Viqueens. The Wolverines outmatched Stanton 25-20, 17-2, 21-19 to win the tournament title.
“We passed the ball really well all day long and focused on one play at a time,” said East Mills coach Connie Viner. “I’m very proud of this team and their mental toughness.”
Emily Williams smacked down a team-high 51 kills on the day. She added to her stats with 53 digs and five blocks. Evy Stoakes added 27 kills.
Miah Urban dished up 99 set assists while serving a perfect 42-for-42 with seven aces.
Knights 1-2 at SW Valley
Fremont-Mills finished 1-2 at the Southwest Valley Volleyball Tournament in Corning Saturday.
The Knights (4-18 overall, 1-2 in the conference) knocked off the home Timberwolves 16-21, 22-20, 15-12 before dropping to decisions to Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 19-21, 21-15, 10-15 and Clarke 21-15, 19-21, 8-15.
East Mills 25-25-25
A quick start in the first set and a strong finish to the second set helped East Mills to a 25-6, 25-20, 25-17 sweep of Fremont-Mills in Corner Conference volleyball last Tuesday in Malvern.
The Wolverines (18-6 overall, 3-1 in the conference) jumped out to a 16-2 in the first set and cruised to the win but looked sluggish to open the second. They trailed the Knights (4-17 overall, 1-4 in the conference) 13-5 at one point
“Everything was clicking nice the first (set),” said East Mills coach Connie Viner. “We had nine hitting errors to open that one and we got down. We just needed to settle down and take our shots.”
Following a timeout, the Wolverines didn’t waste anytime getting back into the match. They rattled off four straight points and trailed 20-18 when they forced a side out. They quickly put down three straight kills to take their first lead of the set and then scored the final four points to seal the 25-20 win.
The comeback and resulting momentum flip appeared to take the wind out of the Knights sails.
“That first set that wasn’t us and we didn’t execute our game plan,” said Fremont-Mills co-head coach Taylor Sudmann. “We came out in the second and did the things we’ve been working on, so I was happy to see them comeback from that first one and give them a fight.”
East Mills opened the third set on a 11-4 run and cruised to the victory.
Viner loved her team’s energy in the match and thought they showed signs of gelling just in time for this week’s Corner Conference tournament.
“We looked really good tonight,” she said. “It’s a process. Every day is different, but we just need to stay on our process.”
Emily Williams led East Mills with 12 kills. Ryleigh Brodigan and Jaimee Davis each added seven. Miah Urban paced the Wolverines offense with 29 set assists.
Teagan Ewalt had five kills to lead Fremont-Mills.