ALLEMAN – The postseason opened in the best way possible for the North Polk volleyball team Monday as the Comets avenged an earlier loss to Roland-Story in the Class 3A regional quarterfinals at Alleman.
North Polk was knocked off by Roland-Story in a five-set war during Heart of Iowa Conference competition Sept. 19 in Story City. On Monday the Comets came in red hot, having won their final seven matches of the regular seasons; they stayed that way against the Norse, winning in four sets to improve to 23-9.
Roland-Story actually had the upper hand early. The Norse dominated the first set, winning 25-15.
But North Polk regrouped and turned in a strong showing in the second set. The Comets prevailed by a 25-16 score to even the match.
In the pivotal third set it was North Polk that kept the momentum on its side. The Comets outlasted the Norse in a 25-22 battle to pull within one set of capturing the match.
North Polk made sure not get into another rally game against Roland-Story. The Comets controlled the fourth set and claimed a 25-18 victory when all was said and done to wrap up the match and advance to the semifinals tonight against No. 7 East Sac County in Lakeview.
The Comets had 43 kills and 25 errors in 135 attacks in the victory over Roland-Story. They also went 81 of 92 serving with nine aces and totaled five blocks.
Megan Murphy had 17 digs, 10 kills and two aces on a 17 of 19 serving effort at outside hitter for North Polk against Roland-Story. Lilly Lomica and Jill Christensen also had strong all-around matches as Lomica tallied 20 digs, seven kills, four assists and one ace and Christensen contributed eight digs, four kills, two blocks, two assists and a pair of aces on a 17 of 19 serving performance.
Miranda Murphy and Hannah Becker compiled eight kills apiece at middle blocker for the Comets. Miranda also delivered a team-high three blocks.
Morgyn Bullock came up huge in the back row as she finished with 19 digs, three kills, two aces and one assist. Gracie Harmeyer was fantastic at setter as she racked up 32 assists, eight digs, three kills and one ace.
North Polk’s match with East Sac County (31-4) tonight will take place at 7 p.m.