by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team came home with a third-place finish after winning three of four matches at the West Sioux tournament Sept. 21.
In pool play the Lady Westerners beat George-Little Rock 21-15, 21-6; Remsen-St. Mary’s, 21-12, 21-11; lost to Trinity Christian 2-1 with an 21-18 win in Set One; a 21-19 loss in Set Two and a 15-11 loss in the Third Set tie break on Sept. 21.
That put the Lady Westerners against West Sioux for third place Saturday afternoon. A-W lost the First Set 21-10; won the Second Set, 21-19 and won the tiebreaker, 15-11.
“We came out strong against a big rival. It was a good day because we only lost one match. We’ll be ready for Gehlen Catholic (Sept. 24),” said A-W co-coach Inglish Hartwig.
The Lady Westerners, 6-5 record overall, had one significant injury in senior Dana Hedlund was hurt in the First Set against the Lady Falcons. Sister and freshman Ann Hedlund took over her key duties as setter.
“Bethany Eastman had a great tournament and led us in kills,” said Hartwig of the senior.
A-W jumped to a 13-6 lead in the tournament opener against the Remsen- St. Mary’s Hawks, whom A-W had downed in a league match. A-W cruised to a 21-12 win in Set One. RSM rallied for a 14-10 deficit in the Second Set but the Lady Westerners regrouped for a 21-11 win.
George-Little Rock Mustangs battled A-W in its morning pool matches. A-W zoomed to a 13-1 lead with Kortney Hedlund serving and kills from Kayla Tindall, Sarah Schroeder, and Cali Westergard before A-W won Set One 21-6. G-LR stayed closed in the Second Set for a 15-13 deficit but the Lady Westerners had a 6-2 run to finish off the match. Ann Hedlund had an ace and Tindall a kill to win it.
Trinity Christian and A-W battled for an unbeaten pool play mark and a spot in the upper echelon of the tournament’s place rounds in the afternoon.
In a close match it was tied 7-7 early; A-W led 14-13 as neither team gained more than a one-point lead. A-W took the lead at 18-17 on a kill by Schroeder and Westergard added two more kills followed by an Ann Hedlund ace for a 4-1 run to win the First Set 21-18.
After a 9-9 tie in the Second Set Trinity Christian of Hull pulled ahead to a 14-13 lead. A-W rallied from a three-point deficit at 17-14 for a 19-19 tie on an ace by A-W’s No. 19, Dana Hedlund but the Tigers won the last two points for a 21-19 win. In the tiebreaker, it was a 9-9 standoff and tied again at 11-11. But the Tigers had a 4-0 run to win it.
Third Place Match
West Sioux took an 8-5 lead on a kill by Rylee Negaard but A-W tied it up in Set One. That was when Dana Hedlund was shaken up by an injury when she collided with a teammate. WS dominated the rest of the set 14-2 as the Lady Falcons were the more aggressive squad led by senior Shannon Jasper, sophomore Allyson Westra and setting of Jenna Rehder.
A-W regrouped for a 9-4 lead in the Second Set as Kortney Hedlund had an ace, as did Schroeder.
WS closed to within 9-8 on two kills by Negaard. A-W led by three points but it was WS regained a tie at 16-16. Eastman’s serving and a kill by Tindall made it a 20-17 margin but the Lady Falcons hung close, to a 20-19 deficit before the Lady Westerners finished the set for the win.
In the Third Set A-W had the early lead at 5-2. It was a 9-4 advantage on a point by Schroeder.
The Lady Falcons rallied for a 9-8 deficit but A-W always seemed to have the answer. Eastman led A-W to a 12-0 lead, but it was 13-12 with Negaard serving for West Sioux. A-W was up to the challenge scoring two of the final three points for the win.
WS in pool play
West Sioux’s volleyball team win made the third place match as it beat Siouxland Community Christian of Sioux City, 2-1, with a 21-1 loss in Set One followed by a 21-17 win in Set Two; and a 15-13 win in Set Three.
WS was on the verge of beating Woodbury Central with a 21-14 win in Set One; lost 21-16 in Set Two; but led 13-9 in Set Three only to see the Wildcats stun the Lady Falcons with a 16-14 Third Set win. West Sioux came back with a 21-14, 21-16 win over Whiting before falling to the Lady Westerners, 21-10; 21-19 loss in Set Two and a 15-11 loss in Set Three at the Lady Falcons’ all-day meet Sept. 21.
“Whenever we play A-W it’s an emotional match. The girls were shocked after the loss to Woodbury Central but came back and played Whiting strong so I was proud of them. Rylee Negaard had a great tournament; in the back row and the front row,” said West Sioux Coach Laura Hensley.
In pool play, it was a 9-9 tie in the First Set against Siouxland Christian. The Eagles opened up a three-point lead and WS could not rally for a 21-17 loss. WS took a 9-5 lead in the Second Set on a kill by Carly Dekkers and did not give up the lead, holding on for a 21-17 win.. In the Third Set it was a 12-12 standoff and Dekkers served for two points and a 13-12 lead. After a 13-13 tie, West Sioux won out on a kill by Callie Schmidt and an ace by Schmidt.
West Sioux outlasted Woodbury Central of Moville 21-16 to win Set One. WS took an 11-9 Second Set lead but the Wildcats rallied for a 14-14 tie and extended it to a 7-2 run to win it.
WS led 11-7 on a kill by Westra and 13-8 on a kill by Schmidt needing just two more points for the win. But the shocker happened, a 7-1 Wildcats’ run.
West Sioux took out its frustrations on Whiting for a 13-1 lead in Set One en route to a 21-12, 21-17 win.
West Sioux was working with a new lineup, said Coach Hensley.