Mixed results for Plymouth County teams at Le Mars Invitational

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

LE MARS — Three Plymouth County volleyball teams were in attendance at Saturday’s Le Mars Invitational.

It was a mixed bag of results for those three teams as host Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic each went 2-2 on the day. Hinton finished with a win in one of their four matches.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton won the tournament by beating Dakota Valley in the championship match. The Warriors have won each of the last four years at the invite.

Le Mars Community

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) At left, Le Mars Community’s Kady Leusink and Kylie Dreckman attempt to block an attack from Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Kenzie Foley. The Bulldogs fell to the eventual champion Warriors, but finished 2-2 on the day.

The host Bulldogs started off the day against one of South Dakota’s top teams in Dakota Valley. Le Mars dropped the first set 21-12 and fell just short in the second by a 21-18 score.

Jecenta Sargisson had eight kills in the match with a .368 hitting percentage. She added five digs. Pypr Stoeffler knocked down six kills, but also had five attacking errors.

Brooke Haage, who has seen more time as a hitter as of late, added three kills and a pair of blocks at the net. She did have six assists and the same number of digs. Kady Leusink had 10 assists in the match.

Le Mars bounced back with a win over Lawton-Bronson by scores of 21-14 and 21-12.

Stoeffler paced the team in this match with eight kills and a .467 hitting percentage. Sargisson followed with five kills and was strong serving the ball with five aces on a perfect 15-of-15 showing on her serves.

Maddie Pippett hit .600 in the match with three kills on her five attempts and added a pair of blocks at the net.

Haage reverted back to more of a setter role with 14 of the team’s assists.

The Bulldogs concluded pool play with a tightly contested match with Hinton. Le Mars won the first set 21-18 and won an extended second set 24-22 as a Sargisson block at the net and a Haylee Cooper ace off the top of the net won the match for the team.

Stoeffler led the way with eight kills and 11 digs. Sargisson and Karlee Schiff each had four kills with Schiff hitting for an .800 efficiency as only one of her attacking attempts didn’t result in a kill.

With a 2-1 record in pool play, Le Mars finished second out of the four teams in the pool which set up a meeting with the winner of Pool B, Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

The Warriors, third-ranked in Class 4A, proved to be too much as they won by identical 21-12 scores in each set. Four players tied for most kills with Haage, Leusink, Sargisson and Schiff all ending with two kills.

Leusink led the team with seven digs and five assists while tacking on an ace serve.

Le Mars is now 3-5 on the season and will hit the road to play Storm Lake on Tuesday as they begin Lakes Conference play.

Gehlen Catholic

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Woodbury Central’s Sidney Steffen goes up for an attack as Gehlen Catholic’s Rachel and Katelyn Langel prepare for the block. The Lady Jays picked up a win over the Wildcats, but lost their first two matches of the season with a 2-2 finish at the tournament.

The Lady Jays had breezed through most of their competition so far this season, but were in for a rude awakening in their first game on Saturday morning.

Class 1A’s second-ranked team faced a 4A third-ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton team in a matchup of state runner-ups from last season. It was an ugly match which saw the Warriors win by scores of 21-8 and 21-2.

“We opened pool play against an excellent 4A team, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, and quite frankly we were embarrassed,” Gehlen Head Coach Mike Meyer said. “It was a complete no-show on our part, although SB-L, the eventual champ, is one of northwest Iowa’s finest teams.”

Gehlen hit for a negative attacking percentage and completed just four kills, one each for Kate Hill, Katelyn Langel, Rachel Langel and Katie Peters.

The team bounced back with a 21-16, 21-11 win over Siouxland Christian as this time they hit with a high .409 kill efficiency.

Katelyn Langel joined Peters for most kills with five apiece. Sydney Livermore added four kills and seven assists.

Chloe Bunkers led the team with nine digs and three service aces.

The Jays added a 21-9, 21-11 win over Woodbury Central. It was another strong hitting performance with a .441 team hitting percentage with balance across the board.

Katelyn Langel led the team with five kills while Brooklyn Heissel, Hill, Livermore and Peters each had three.

Anna Britt led the team with 10 assists and three service aces as she went 17-of-17 on her serves.

The Jays took second in Pool B and faced Dakota Valley, the winner of Pool A, in the semifinals. Gehlen convincingly won the first set 21-11, but dropped an extended second set 23-21 and the decisive third set 15-12. The Jays held leads late in both the second and third sets.

Peters knocked down seven kills, followed closely behind by Heissel and Katelyn Langel with six apiece. Heissel ended with all seven of the team’s aces on a 20-of-20 showing at the service line.

Britt and Livermore evenly shared the setting duties with 11 assists apiece.

While not the best day of play for the Jays, Meyer said it was a valuable learning experience.

“I think we learned that we have some things we need to improve upon, which is why we seek out competition against bigger schools at these tournaments,” Meyer said. “If that’s the case, it turns out to be a valuable experience.”

Gehlen Catholic is now 9-2 on the season with their first two losses at the tournament. The team returns to War Eagle Conference action on Tuesday at Harris-Lake Park.


(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Hinton’s Shelbie Young sets the ball for a teammate on Saturday. Young’s best match of the day came against Siouxland Christian as she ended with 16 assists, 10 digs, four aces and two kills.

Just like Gehlen, the Blackhawks lost their first matches of the season on Saturday in what ended up being a 1-3 day for the team. While winning just one match, the team’s three losses were each competitive.

The Blackhawks went the full three sets against Dakota Valley. After losing the first set 21-14, Hinton answered with a 21-17 win. The deciding third set was as close as possible with Dakota Valley winning 15-13.

Aspen Coffee and Claire Kipp ended as the team’s leaders in kills with five apiece.

Alyssa Fischer had half of the team’s four aces and also led the team in digs with 12.

Hinton fell just short against Le Mars as the Bulldogs won 21-18 and 24-22.

Aspen Coffee and Claire Kipp were again the team’s leaders in kills. Coffee finished with six while Kipp had four.

Setter Shelbie Young scored a pair of points on aces and had all but one of the team’s 16 assists. She also added two blocks, tying with Anna Coffee for most on the team.

The team’s lone win came in pool play against Lawton-Bronson. Hinton won 21-13 and 21-19.

The two Coffees and Young each had four kills in the match. Peyton George and Jillian Hicklin accounted for the other two kills. George and Gracie Eli each had a pair of ace serves.

Finishing in third place in their pool, they were matched up with the corresponding team from the opposite pool in Siouxland Christian. The Blackhawks dominated the first set 21-9, but lost each of the next two to drop the match as Siouxland Christian won 21-14 and 15-12 in the final two sets.

Kipp led the team with six kills and a pair of blocks. Aspen Coffee had four kills and tied with Fischer for most digs with 12.

Young had four service aces on a 17-of-17 showing at the service line. She added 16 assists, 10 digs and a pair of kills.

Hinton is now 4-3 on the season and will play Clay Central-Everly at home on Tuesday as the team returns to War Eagle Conference action.

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