The MAAA volleyball tournament championship will be decided among the top four seeds after each rolled through pool play on its home floor without a hiccup on Monday.
Thursday will feature Small-School division rivals Valle Catholic and Arcadia Valley squaring off ahead of a second Gold Bracket semifinal between Farmington and Ste. Genevieve.
Central High School will host the remaining action for three straight evenings beginning on Tuesday with the Bronze (9th place) bracket semifinals and placement matches.
Arcadia Valley 2, Central 0
IRONTON – Arcadia Valley freshman Maddie DeMent made a difference in the close start of the second set against No. 5 Central during pool play in the MAAA volleyball tournament on Monday.
DeMent helped the fourth seeded Lady Tigers pull away with six kills and four stuff blocks in a 25-13, 25-19 triumph.
Arcadia Valley (23-5-1) will face top seeded Valle Catholic on Thursday, and Central (10-13-4) will play on Wednesday against No. 8 Potosi.
The second set moved toward a 6-6 tie. Arcadia Valley proceeded to a 6-0 run behind the hitting of DeMent paired with impressive hustle from Katie Whited.
Whited posted 10 digs and tracked down a multitude of hard hits and errant passes to keep the Lady Tigers ahead. Karson Dement paced all players with 14 digs while adding five kills.
Brooklyn Pace kept Central close early in the second set with powerful hitting, and tallied eight kills and five digs.
After falling behind, the Lady Rebels narrowed the gap within 19-15 behind well-placed hits by Nora Graves, who notched four kills and three digs. Callie Thurston helped defensively in the comeback attempt to rack up a team-high eight digs.
Arcadia Valley held off the late push and finished the contest on a powerful spike by Karson Dement.
The second set opened with each side evenly exchanging the first six points. Josie Landrum then added an ace and stretched the Arcadia Valley lead to 9-3 while finishing with six kills and five digs.
The Lady Rebels recorded two blocks in a lengthy rally that was ended by a Kill from Graves. However, Maddie DeMent served an ace on the next point for a 9-5 lead.
The Lady Tigers consistently set up their hitters with few mistakes to maintain their lead, while Central had trouble returning the ball.
Macey Browers ignited the crowd with a stuff block for a 14-6 Arcadia Valley lead, and Laney Tucker added two hard spikes down the stretch. Browers posted 26 assists while Tucker recorded five kills.
Gracee Smith tallied seven digs and three kills for the Lady Tigers.
Avery Norris contributed 12 assists for Central while Hannah Stewart added seven. Buckli Moss contributed seven digs.
Central 2, Valley 0
IRONTON – Brooklyn Pace recorded 16 kills as Central attacked well and capitalized on errors by No. 12 Valley to secure a 25-8, 25-7 victory.
The Lady Rebels went on an 8-0 run during the second set despite Pace being in the back row. Hannah Stewart led the late stint with her serving, and notched three kills.
Nora Graves tallied five kills and three digs for Central while Callie Thurston had seven digs. Avery Norris notched 24 assists.
Valley (6-16) struck first in each set, but had issues hitting into the net and allowing dropped balls. It will face North County on Tuesday at Central High School.
Emma Beers led the Lady Vikings with three digs and Jessica Hartman added three assists.
Arcadia Valley 2, Valley 0
IRONTON – Laney Tucker notched a match-high 10 kills to lead Arcadia Valley past Valley 25-7, 25-11.
Maddie Dement recorded 17 service points and nine kills for the Lady Tigers. Josie Landrum added eight kills and seven digs.
Karson Dement posted 10 digs while Macey Browers ended with 31 assists and five digs for Arcadia Valley.
Emma Beers tallied six digs to pace the Lady Viking, while Madi Lucas had five. Madison Schrum finished with four and Mariah Buxton contributed two kills and two digs.
Farmington 2, West County 0
FARMINGTON – Macey Pauls smashed seven of her team-high nine kills during a huge opening game, and Farmington pulled away for a decisive 25-14, 25-8 triumph over West County.
Jesse Miller and Jordyn Harris added six kills each, and Kaylee Wooldridge provided three stuff-blocks for the Knights (21-9). Blair Busenbark tied Pauls with seven digs apiece.
West County stayed within 12-10 during the first set until back-to-back overpasses led to easy kills by Miller and Wooldridge.
Cheyenne Young recorded one of her three blocks just before the Lady Bulldogs (17-8) won a long rally to only trail 16-14. Miller responded by serving a 9-0 scoring run to close the stanza.
Ellie Reidt reeled off 10 straight points from the service line, and made an excellent save ahead of Carly Genenbacher’s kill on the second touch as the game two margin swelled to 15-3.
Reidt made 10 assists and Sarah Bauer had nine for Farmington. Emily Greif chipped in five digs.
Haylee Watson handled seven digs and Allee Drennen put down three kills for West County.
Farmington 2, Bismarck 0
FARMINGTON – Bismarck turned away several hard Farmington attacks, but the Knights were soon able to overpower the Lady Indians 25-10, 25-15 to being Pool B action.
Jesse Miller had five kills and Kaylee Wooldridge provided four kills along with four blocks. Farmington built an early 16-6 advantage when Emily Greif served an ace behind a DeShay Tate kill.
Blair Busenbark made a spectacular tumbling dig in game two while totaling eight overall. Ellie Reidt had 10 assists and Sarah Bauer dished out seven more in the win.
Selena Sutton highlighted the Bismarck defense with nine digs while Macy Butery brought up seven. The duo combined for a pair of hustling saves that won eventual rallies.
Riley Land added two kills with a block, and Payton Cole had a team-high six assists for the Lady Indians (5-19-2).
West County 2, Bismarck 0
FARMINGTON – Kylee McKinney and Allee Drennen each sent down three kills in a hard-fought second game, and West County topped Bismarck 25-17, 27-25 to reach the Silver Bracket.
Cheyenne Young and Sarah O’Donnell also had three kills each, and libero Haylee Watson dazzled with 14 digs for the Lady Bulldogs.
Alyssa Roever recorded eight assists, and Ivy Meinershagen served two aces. West County turned back one game point after losing a 23-22 edge in the second set.
Ashley Turner landed a spike off a dig by Macy Butery, and Josie Campbell served an ensuing ace to give Bismarck a 24-23 lead. Young answered after West County received a free ball.
Campbell recorded three kills and Madison Dugal added two more along with five assists. Selena Sutton registered nine digs and Butery added seven.
Valle Catholic 2, Potosi 0
STE. GENEVIEVE – Hannah Viox served three aces among 17 points, and top-seeded Valle Catholic ousted Potosi 25-12, 25-19 for control of Pool A.
Riley Wolk powered a team-high 11 kills, and Lainey Bauman equaled Riley Siebert with six kills each while adding two aces for the Lady Warriors.
Grace Efink contributed four kills as setter Taylor Siebert made 28 assists for Valle Catholic (24-3). Kaydi Heil and Rachel Loida brought up eight digs each, and Sydni Basler tallied six more.
Zoe Harbison paced Potosi (7-17) with five kills, and Peyton Blair made seven digs.
MacKee Finley and Jessi Nicholson each distributed four assists for the Lady Trojans, who will draw Central in the Silver Bracket on Wednesday.
Valle Catholic 2, North County 0
STE. GENEVIEVE – Sydni Basler made 12 digs, and Taylor Siebert totaled 32 assists with eight points as Valle Catholic rode a superb attacking effort past North County 25-15, 25-11 to open pool play.
Hannah Viox finished with three aces on 10 points along with seven kills and six digs. Lainey Bauman had a team-leading nine kills for the Lady Warriors.
Riley Siebert supplied eight kills and Riley Wolk spiked seven more in the win. Grace Eftink made seven digs and Rachel Loida chipped in six.
Kayleigh Winch and Maddi Luck had three kills apiece while combined for five North County blocks. Lauren Forrester notched 10 digs for a team high.
Emily Veach made five assists and Miranda Black had four digs for the Lady Raiders (3-21-4), who will meet Valley on Tuesday.
Potosi 2, North County 1
STE. GENEVIEVE – Jessi Nicholson served four aces while dishing out 12 assists, and Potosi defeated North County 26-28, 25-21, 15-11 in the lone three-set contest of tournament pool play.
Hailey Jennings shined at the net with seven kills and five blocks, while Olivia Coleman and Zoe Harbison did likewise with eight kills each for Potosi.
Peyton Blair posted 10 digs and Olivia Marsa added eight during the victory. MacKee Finley recorded 11 assists, and Gracey Allison had six kills plus six digs.
Kayleigh Winch sparked North County with 11 kills and seven blocks, while Emily Veach compiled 13 digs with eight assists.
Miranda Black produced a team-high 15 digs, and Bailey Rokan added 14 more to three kills for the Lady Raiders. Tylor Harris and Maddie Oder has six digs each, and Ciara Halton picked up five.
Ste. Genevieve 2, Fredericktown 0
STE. GENEVIEVE – Drue Lalumandier provided 30 assists, and Ste. Genevieve captured Pool C with a 25-22, 25-10 victory over Fredericktown in the third meeting this season between the teams.
Avery Reed knocked down 13 kills with balanced support for Ste. Genevieve (21-6-2). Jennifer Humbolt served two aces, and finished with seven kills.
Ali Grass added six kills and Julia McKlin contributed five in the win.
Fredericktown (12-14-2) landed in Wednesday’s Silver Bracket after defeating Kingston 25-17, 25-22 earlier in the day.
Ste. Genevieve 2, Kingston 0
STE. GENEVIEVE – Avery Reed connected for 14 kills while adding a block and ace as Ste. Genevieve first dispatched Kingston 25-5, 25-11.
Jaida Greminger had a strong effort at the service line with five aces, and Drue Lalumandier dished out 17 assists for the Dragons.
Jennifer Humbolt and Ali Grass notched three kills apiece.
Kingston (7-16-1) will play Bismarck in the Bronze Bracket on Tuesday.