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October 15, 2013

Comets win Osky Volleyball Tourney

Indians competed well despite going winless on day

By JIM GRIES
Herald sports editor

OSKALOOSA —

Although Oskaloosa’s volleyball team did not advance through pool play its tournament on Saturday, the Indians did play well enough to get that far.
The Indians (4-24) lost close matches to Ottumwa (23-21, 19-12, 14-16), Fairfield (13-21, 22-20, 4-15) and Gilbert (21-16, 18-21, 16-18) to be seeded seventh following pool play.
North Polk and seventh-ranked (Class 2A) Grundy Center did not lose a match during pool play and the semifinals to face each other in the final. The Comets would rally after dropping the first set 25-20 capture the title 25-20 and 16-14.
Oskaloosa coach Jennifer Comfort was pleased how well the team played despite not winning a match.
“We did everything we could, we just couldn’t pull off a victory,” she said. “To go three sets in three games in pool play, we went to our max and I don’t know how many of our games were within two points. The girls fought, we couldn’t close and couldn’t finish, but we did everything that we could besides get a victory.”
The Indians close out the home season with a match against Newton Tuesday.
It will be the final home appearance for seniors Emily Allee, Kailyn Risher, Kailey Scharff and Libby VanMersbergen.
Oskaloosa Volleyball Tournament
Pool Results
Ottumwa 21-21-16, Oskaloosa 23-19-14; Marshalltown 21-15-15, Fairfield 7-21-11; North Polk 21-21, Ottumwa 18-18; Grundy Center 21-21, Gilbert 12-19; Fairfield 21-20-15, Oskaloosa 13-22-4; Gilbert 21-17-20, Marshalltown 14-21-18; Grundy Center 21-21, Fairfield 13-11; Ottumwa 21-20-19, Marshalltown 10-22-17; North Polk 21-21, Gilbert 14-18; Grundy Center 22-21, Ottumwa 20-12; Gilbert 16-21-18, Oskaloosa 21-18-16; North Polk 21-21, Fairfield 14-16
Quarterfinals
Gilbert 16-25-15, Marshalltown 25-22-13; Ottumwa 17-25-15, Fairfield 25-17-6
Semifinals
Grundy Center 22-25-15, Gilbert 25-12-13; North Polk 25-25, Ottumwa 18-23
Championship
North Polk 20-25-16, Grundy Center 25-20-14
Oskaloosa statistics
Serving — Emily Allee 10-11; Brooke Caves 10-11; Paige Howard 17-for-20, 2 aces; Taylor Richardson 38-for-39, 1 ace; Kailyn Risher 22-for-23, 3 aces; Kailey Scharff 28-for-31, 5 aces; Libby VanMersbergen 10-for-11; Aubrey Miller 7-for-7, 1 ace. Totals 141-for-152, 9 aces.
Spiking — Caves 3-for-4; Richardson 16-for-17, 4 kills; Risher 51-for-53, 18 kills; Scharff 2-for-2; VanMersbergen 37-for-40, 7 kills; Miller 10-for-12, 7 kills; Zoe Lynch 27-for-33, 9 kills; Hunter Shaull 7-for-9, 4 kills; Totals 196-for-225, 60 kills.
Assists — Richardson 40, Risher 4, Lynch 1, Scharff 2. Total 57.
Blocks — Lynch 6, Richardson 1, Risher 10, Shaull 6, VanMersbergen 3. Total 26.
Digs — Scharff 31, Richardson 26, Caves 16, VanMersbergen 15, Howard 7, Allee 4, risher 3, Lynch 1, Miller 1. Total 104.