PARK HILLS – The North County volleyball team generated two massive scoring streaks with senior defensive specialist Kylie Morris at the service line to save its season on Monday evening.
Even with leading attacker Kayleigh Winch briefly rotating off the floor, the Lady Raiders snapped a 13-13 tie with 10 straight points during the decisive third set with as Emma Gaugel stepped up.
The freshman middle put down three of her team-high nine kills late, and setter Emily Veach added a perfect two-handed shot toward the back line.
Ashlyn Moore made 12 digs and Morris added eight while Veach totaled 20 assists to lead No. 4 seed North County past De Soto 22-25, 25-22, 25-16 in a Class 3, District 2 first-round match.
Kamryn Pehle and Emily Bielicke had seven kills each for De Soto, while enjoyed an ideal start as two aces from Jillian Williams on errant receptions created a 17-9 lead in game one.
North County (14-13-5) nearly overcame its serve receiving issues before the set concluded. Whitney Marler paired with Gaugel on a double block, and Winch later cut the margin to 22-21 from the middle.
But three of the next four points were lost on hitting errors. De Soto (13-22) carried momentum well into game two, taking a 13-7 lead after Taylor Jones and Kiley Roth struck for kills.
The Lady Raiders regrouped during a timeout with potential elimination looming, and turned the entire match around with an 8-0 outburst.
Gaugel began the sudden comeback, and gave the Lady Raiders a 15-13 edge following two solid digs by Morris and a reaching save by libero Ashlyn Moore.
Winch broke a 19-19 tie when her shot redirected off the net, and later made it 23-19 on an ace. Marler found an opening deep to answer a smash by Pehle at 24-20.
Game three contained nine separate ties. De Soto countered on a joust win by Jones after junior Lauren Forrester deposited an overpass to give the Lady Raiders a brief 13-11 lead.
But a missed serve put North County ahead to stay, and Morris continued to conversely rattle them off as improved court coverage kept rallies alive and eventually resulted in De Soto mistakes.
Veach caught the opposing defense flat with her surprising clear on second contact at 18-13, and Gaugel took care of another overpass after the Dragons fired two spikes out of bounds.
Winch ended with five kills while Maddi Oder and Forrester chipped in three each.
Central 2, Potosi 0
PARK HILLS – Liberty Coleman recorded nine kills, Callie Thurston knocked down seven more, and No. 2 seed Central rolled past Potosi 25-17, 25-21 in Class 3, District 2 first-round action.
The Lady Rebels (22-7-2) capitalized on a bevy of free balls to post 29 kills overall, and will face Windsor in the second semifinal contest on Tuesday.
Hannah Stewart connected five times at the net while notching 16 assists, and Central dominated the second set from the outset after surging near the midway mark of the first.
Olivia Coleman had four kills to pace a Potosi (9-18) attack that struggled to produce powerful swings when first passes were off the mark.
Thurston sent consecutive swings through the defense early in game two. Liberty Coleman and Lizi Marler drilled back-to-back line attacks from the left side to establish an 18-8 advantage.
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The Lady Trojans were gifted three points throughout the night when clearing bumps landed untouched on the Central side, but could not offer a sustained push on the scoreboard.
Stewart began a closing 4-0 run with a cross-court kill, and Coleman followed with another after Kaley Kimball deflected two incoming spikes overhead.
Avery Norris provided 12 assists, and pounded a moving back-set from Stewart to highlight game one for Central. Buckli Moss contributed five digs and Thurston added four.
Olivia Coleman spiked the initial point of the night safely down, and Potosi had two other leads at 1-0 and 2-1 during game two before hitting a lull.
Hailey Jennings earned consecutive kills in game one to keep the Lady Trojans within 10-8, but Central won the next four points on a Thurston attack and three subsequent Potosi errors.
Freshman Carley Hampton led all players with 11 digs while Cameryn Yount added six more in defeat. Jennings and Hampton had three kills apiece, and Madeline Bradley made eight assists.
Potosi got within 18-14 before misfiring on an uncontested swing. Norris extended the Central lead from there, and Moss followed with an ace before Liberty Coleman terminated for the last time.
Ste. Genevieve 2, Doniphan 0
STE. GENEVIEVE – Senior Jennifer Humbolt sent down seven kills and served four aces as second-seeded host Ste. Genevieve turned Doniphan aside 25-13, 25-16 in Class 3, District 1.
Marysa Flieg notched seven kills and Julia McKlin landed six in her return to the lineup. The Dragons (17-11-4) will face Dexter in semifinal round on Tuesday.
Brittney Kreitler dished out 20 assists and Kloe Unterreiner added 11 to the efficient Ste. Genevieve offense.
Ella Reed 4 and Sydney Bumgardner each had four of their team’s 31 total kills.
Fredericktown ended its season with a 25-15, 25-9 loss to Dexter, while Notre Dame swept Kennett in the 4-5 matchup.
St. Pius 2, West County 0
FESTUS, Mo. – West County wrapped up its volleyball season at 18-9-1 overall after falling to St. Pius 25-16, 25-19 in the first round of the Class 2, District 3 tournament.
Allee Drennen and Dori McRaven collected four kills apiece, and Cheyenne Young tied Makenzie Simily with three each for the Lady Bulldogs.
Ivy Meinershagen posted team highs with seven digs and eight service points. Kylie Newhouse totaled 12 assists while Simily tallied seven points and Haylee Watson served six.
Jefferson 2, Kingston 0
FESTUS, Mo. – Tournament host Jefferson swept seventh-seeded Kingston 25-11, 25-10 in the Class 2, District 3 opening round.
Makenzey Boyer connected for five kills, and Sierra Pinson made six digs for Kingston (4-22).