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Lady Tigers take second, Lady Indians third in Perryville tournament

PERRYVILLE – Saturday was a busy day for 10 volleyball teams in the Perryville tournament. Four teams from the MAAA conference participated in the tournament. The Ste. Genevieve Hunters, the Fredericktown Lady Cats, the Arcadia Valley Lady Tigers, and the Bismarck Lady Indians were the teams from the conference that were involved in the tournament.

The day started off with pool play as the 10 teams were split into two pools. Pool A consisted of the Perryville varsity squad, Fredericktown, Charleston, Dexter, and Arcadia Valley. Ste. Genevieve, St. Vincent, Sikeston, Bismarck, and Perryville’s junior varsity team were all placed in Pool B.

Ste. Genevieve and the Lady Cats were both 3-5 in pool play. Bismarck was 6-2 with their only two losses from St. Vincent. The Lady Tigers finished pool play with an impressive 7-1 finish. Arcadia Valley split with Dexter, but Dexter had a combined total of 61 points for first in the pool to the Lady Tigers 44.

Bismarck and Arcadia Valley both qualified for further tournament play. Dexter took on Bismarck while the Lady Tigers played St. Vincent, who was flawless in pool play. Arcadia Valley moved on to the finals with a 20-25, 25-19, 25-21 victory. The Lady Indians won the first game 25-19, but couldn’t take the match as Dexter came back for a 25-15, 26-24 win. Dexter and the Lady Tigers played for the championship while the Lady Indians faced off against St. Vincent.

It took Bismarck and St. Vincent three games to decide the third-place winner. St. Vincent won the first game 25-18, but the Lady Indians got revenge as they came out on top in the next two contests 25-13 and 18-16.

The Lady Tigers fought hard in the championship match against Dexter, but in the end, it wasn’t enough. Dexter clinched the tournament with a 25-19, 19-25, 15-12 victory.

A couple of solid serves by Kassie Walker and a kill by Leah Williams gave Arcadia Valley a 4-1 lead. Dexter soon tied the game with an ace by Molly Burleson. After an exchange of six points, Dexter went on a dominating 9-1 scoring run due to a few mistakes by the Lady Tigers for a 19-11 advantage.

A kill by Bailey Stanley and Mallory Kennedy gave Dexter a 21-12 lead. Although Arcadia Valley managed to score five straight points, another kill by Stanley ended the first game.

A pair of aces by Sara Wadlow and a kill by Kylee Stocum and Megan Reichert gave the Lady Tigers a 4-2 edge. Even though Dexter tied the game, a few kills by Arcadia Valley and some mistakes by the opposing team quickly built up a 13-5 lead. Dexter called a time out and Kennedy quickly slammed two kills and made a tip to break up the run.

Dexter narrowed the deficit to four points, but the Lady Tigers managed to stay at least one step ahead. Williams made a solid serve and drilled a powerful kill for a 19-12 advantage. Reichert came through with an ace to help her squad to a 22-14 lead. Although Dexter scored three more tallies on a few mistakes, Arcadia Valley scored the last point needed to force one final game.

The championship-deciding contest was even in the beginning. The game was tied three different times as they were even at 6-6. After Dexter scored three tallies with a kill by Kennedy, the Lady Tigers called a time out. Arcadia Valley matched Dexter’s feat as three straight points tied the game for the fourth time.

A kill by Stanley and Kennedy and a mistake by the Lady Tigers helped Dexter to a 13-9 lead. After the teams traded a point, Arcadia Valley added a couple more tallies before Stanley blasted the tournament-winning kill.

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