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Lady Bulldogs keep volleyball trophy home

LEADWOOD – West County made the most of a second chance after failing to put Herculaneum away during the championship match of its home volleyball tournament on Saturday.

Sophomore Dori McRaven served six aces among 17 points, and powered down nine kills as the Lady Bulldogs prevailed 25-19, 22-25, 25-18 to secure the first-place trophy.

Cheyenne Young provided five blocks, including two pivotal solos, after Herculaneum had closed to within 16-13 in game three on consecutive aces by Emily Schultz.

Makenzie Simily notched five of her nine kills during the decisive set, and placed the ball perfectly into the deep corner with a two-handed push for a 22-15 lead before McRaven terminated match point.

Jordan Stevens had seven kills, and setter Kylie Newhouse finished with 18 assists, 12 points and seven digs for West County (14-6-1).

McRaven posted three aces and five kills, and Stevens added four more in game one, and the Lady Bulldogs appeared ready to polish off a leisurely sweep in game two.

Young and Newhouse closed a double block after Haylee Watson made a punching save on the back row, and Allee Drennen spiked down the line to create a 14-9 separation.

But a collection of errant passes and attack gave Herculaneum a chance to recover after trailing 17-10 and 20-13. Taylor Metcalf served consecutive aces, and Paige Fowler applied the clinching block as the Lady Blackcats scored 12 of the last 14 points to even the match.

Jordan Allen had seven kills with 10 digs, and Emily Wiese chipped in five kills while Fowler compiled four three in defeat.

Simily added 15 digs and 10 points to balance her front row production. Ivy Meinershagen totaled 18 digs with 12 points to lead the West County defense.

Kaitlin Spivey had seven digs with 15 points, and Watson brought up eight digs. The Lady Bulldogs went 3-0 in the tournament with a conventional 8-team bracket.

The action began for West County with a 25-10, 25-15 victory over Bunker in the first round. Simily had nine kills and Drennen supplied six more while Newhouse compiled 15 assists and 14 points.

Young delivered three blocks and McRaven served three aces. Meinershagen brought up 12 digs, Spivey totaled 11 points with six digs and Watson chipped in five digs plus two aces

West County moved to the semifinals, and dispatched Crystal City 25-9, 25-16. Stevens generated nine kills along the outside while McRaven did likewise from her middle position.

Simily posted eight kills, and Newhouse tallied 22 assists. Spivey again served double-digit points with 11, and Meinershagen made eight digs.

The West County junior varsity pulled a first-round upset of South Iron to eventually finish fourth in the event.

Valley finished sixth overall after a one-set lead slipped away, enabling Bunker to claim the fifth-place match 21-25, 25-20, 25-15.

The Lady Vikings fell 25-15, 25-14 to Herculaneum in their opener, then rebounded for a 25-23, 25-14 victory over South Iron.

Mariah Buxton compiled nine kills with 13 digs, Felisha Stewart produced 12 blocks plus seven kills, and Molly Comfort totaled 19 assists, eight digs and four aces over the tournament for Valley (5-12).

Jalynn Orrick finished with seven aces and 10 assists, while Rilee Ives had five kills and Liz Morris served five aces. Emma Bradley bought up 12 digs, and Kirstin Francis equaled Emily Nipper with 10.

Kingston salvaged a 25-20, 18-25, 25-20 triumph over South Iron in the seventh-place contest, getting a team-high five kills from Jerzie Ware.

Jade Coleman contributed three kills plus seven digs, and Keely Reyes made 10 assists for Kingston (4-15), which dropped earlier matches to Crystal City 25-12, 27-25 and Bunker 25-23, 25-12.

Jackson Tournament

JACKSON, Mo. – Arcadia Valley notched an impressive sweep of the host school, and also defeated Class 1 power Advance while placing second among 12 teams Saturday at the Jackson volleyball tournament.

Only Class 4 program Mehlville stood between the Lady Tigers and the Gold Bracket title, winning first in pool play 25-15, 25-20 before taking the championship contest 25-18, 30-28 on its fifth match point.

Arcadia Valley (21-5-1) landed second in its pool with victories of 25-18, 25-21 over St. Vincent and 25-14, 25-20 against Jackson.

The Lady Tigers reached the championship round by knocking off Advance 25-16, 25-18. The Hornets entered the day undefeated and was not at full strength due to injury.

Ellington 2, Valley 0

CALEDONIA – Valley could not overcome a slow start at home as Ellington prevailed 25-13, 25-21 on Friday night.

Mariah Buxton compiled three kills, five digs and nine service points for the Lady Vikings. Molly Comfort totaled five assists plus seven points.

Felisha Stewart had three kills with three blocks, and Liz Morris finished with three blocks and a team-high six digs.

West County senior Allee Drennen unleashes a left side attack at Herculaneum blocker Emily Schultz (16) during game one action in the West County Invitational final on Saturday.

West County senior Allee Drennen unleashes a left side attack at Herculaneum blocker Emily Schultz (16) during game one action in the West County Invitational final on Saturday.

West County senior libero Ivy Meinershagen directs a pass during the championship game of the West County Invitational against Herculaneum on Saturday.

West County senior libero Ivy Meinershagen directs a pass during the championship game of the West County Invitational against Herculaneum on Saturday.

The West County volleyball team poses with the first-place trophy following a three-set victory over Herculaneum in the championship game of the West County Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The West County volleyball team poses with the first-place trophy following a three-set victory over Herculaneum in the championship game of the West County Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Matt King is the sports editor for the Daily Journal. Contact him at mking@dailyjournalonine.com

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