A-W volleyball competes at tourney, faces Trinity

Friday, September 23, 2022

HAWARDEN ó The Akron-Westfield volleyball team competed at a tournament hosted by West Sioux on Saturday.

The team earned a win in the match against winless Woodbury Central. The Westerners won 21-11 and 21-9.

Lauryn Saathoff led the team with 13 kills. Addi Naslund had four kills while Makenzie Hughes and Allie Swoyer ended with three apiece.

Josie Jacobs had 12 assists as she split setting duties with Boe Harris, who ended with eight assists. Jacobs and Swoyer had an ace apiece while Swoyer led the team with 13 digs.

The team dropped a 2-1 match to Westwood. The Rebels won 21-12 in the first and 17-15 in the third while the Westerners won the middle set 21-9.

Saathoff knocked down 12 kills to lead the team. Naslund and Swoyer were next on the team with three kills each.

Jacobs had two ace serves and the bulk of the assists with 19 of the 22 for the team in the match. Hughes led the defense with 12 digs.

The Westerners fell to Rock Valley 2-0 by set scores of 23-21 and 21-16, flipping the script from a 2-0 win for A-W when the two teams met earlier this season.

Saathoff finished with eight kills. Hughes added five kills and Naslund had two kills. Jacobs assisted on 12 plays and had one of the teamís two ace serves. She also led the team with seven digs.

Westerners drop five-set battle to Trinity

AKRON ó Trinity Christian emerged victorious over Akron-Westfield in a back-and-forth War Eagle Conference battle which went the full five sets on Tuesday.

The Tigers won each of the odd numbered sets while the Westerners claimed the even frames in the match. Trinity won 25-21 in the opening game before the Westerners put together a dominant performance in the second to win 25-9. The two teams split 25-19 scores in the next two frames. Trinity came out on top in the fifth by a final score of 15-10.

The Westerners hit for a .256 efficiency for the match, just slightly better than the .224 for the Tigers.

Lauryn Saathoff had a good attacking performance with 23 kills and a .465 kill efficiency. The 23 kills was just shy of her season-high 25 which came in a four-set match against MMCRU.

Addi Naslund and Makenzie Hughes added eight kills apiece for the Westerners. Josie Jacobs, who had 38 of the teamís assists, added two kills while Allie Swoyer finished with the teamís other two kills.

Naslund led the front row in blocking as she had three solo blocks and a pair of block assists. Jacobs had the other two block assists. In the back row, Swoyer finished with 21 digs to lead the team. Hughes (15), Lainey Schuknecht (13) and Saathoff (10) also finished with double digits in digs.

Hughes led the team in serving with five aces. Schuknecht, Swoyer, Katie Johnson and Alyssa Nemesio added an ace apiece.

Trinity picked up a team-high 15 kills and three blocks from Avery Van Maanen. Madelyn Vis added 12 kills for the Tigers.

Makiah De Jager, who finished with a team-high 19 digs for the Tigers, also tied for the team lead in ace serves as she and Van Maanen each ended with three.

The win was the first for Trinity in the series since the 2016 season. The Tigers improved to 3-1 in the conference and 11-2 overall. Akron-Westfield fell to 1-4 in the conference and 6-8 overall.

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