Bombers go 1-3
HUXLEY – The North Polk volleyball team went 2-2 against tough competition and Ballard earned one victory in four matches at the Ballard Invitational Saturday at the Ballard High School gym.
The tournament consisted of seven teams. The smaller three-team pool had to play matches to 25 and the four-team pool played to 21.
North Polk saw its record move to 12-8 at the conclusion of the tournament. The Comets upset a Grandview Park Baptist team rated No. 8 in Class 1A and they also swept Greene County - both of their losses were to a Johnston squad ranked No. 4 in Class 5A.
Playing in the smaller pool, the Comets swept Grandview Park Baptist in two sets and Greene County in three.
North Polk scored 25-23 and 25-21 victories over Grandview Park Baptist. The Comets had 27 kills against 11 attack errors and they went 43 of 48 serving with five aces.
Middle blocker Hannah Becker and outside hitter Lilly Lomica both had eight kills for North Polk in the victory. Becker also finished with two digs, two aces and one block and Lomica had 11 digs and one ace.
Megan Murphy added five kills, 11 digs and two blocks and Miranda Murphy finished with three kills and four digs. Jill Christensen and Morgyn Bullock both had 13 digs and Christensen also finished with two kills and aces apiece and Bullock tallied one kill and one ace.
North Polk earned victories by scores of 25-16, 25-13 and 25-16 against Greene County. The Comets had a strong attack with 29 kills against only eight errors and they picked up nine aces on serves.
Megan Murphy had a big match with 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks. Lomica added seven kills, six digs and three aces, Becker had six kills and two blocks and Miranda Murphy added three kills and four blocks.
Gracie Harmeyer handed out 25 assists in the win and she also went 18 of 19 serving with an ace. Bullock totaled six digs and two aces and Christensen finished with five digs, one block and one kill.
North Polk was swept by Johnston in two sets in one match and in three sets in the other confrontation between the two schools.
The Comets were competitive in the two-set match, losing by scores of 25-23 and 25-21. North Polk had 18 kills and 16 errors in the match and the Comets also went 42 of 45 serving with three aces and totaled five blocks.
Lomica totaled 12 digs, six kills and one ace and Megan had four kills, six digs and one block in the loss. Becker and Christensen tallied three kills apiece and they combined for three blocks and Miranda finished with two kills.
Bullock tied for the team lead in digs during the match with 12 and Harmeyer finished with 13 assists and seven digs.
In the other confrontation with the Dragons North Polk played a tremendous opening set and then sputtered over the next two games. The Comets lost a 28-26 heartbreaker in the opening set after leading let and then they suffered 25-15 and 25-12 setbacks.
North Polk finished with 19 kills and 14 errors and the Comets also picked up 13 blocks. North Polk went 48 of 53 serving the ball, but the Comets didn’t produce any aces.
Lomica had six kills, 15 digs and one block, Megan finished with five kills, 10 digs and two blocks, Becker finished with three kills and blocks apiece and Miranda delivered three kills and five blocks. Harmeyer had 17 assists and eight digs, Bullock finished with 13 digs and Christensen had 11 digs and two blocks.
Ballard’s season record moved to 3-9 at the conclusion of the tournament. Playing in the larger pool, the Bombers split two matches with Knoxville and suffered competitive losses to Greene County and Woodward-Granger.
The Bombers defeated Knoxville by scores of 21-13 and 21-17. They had a .127 kill-efficiency rate with 20 kill and 12 errors and also tallied 10 blocks and 10 aces.
Alanna Dubberke produced six kills, two blocks and one ace, Brooke Mallon had five kills, two blocks and two aces and Meredith Ossian delivered four kills, three blocks and one ace for Ballard in the win.
Abby Carlin finished with nine assists, two kills, two aces and one block, Charcey Petersen handed out 11 assists and Alex Petersen had four digs in the victory.
In Ballard’s other match with Knoxville the Bombers suffered 21-18 and 21-17 setbacks. The Bombers finished with 16 kills, 13 blocks and nine attack errors in the loss and they went 21 of 27 serving with four aces.
Mallon delivered eight kills, three blocks and one ace Ossian recorded three kills and four blocks, Dubberke had one kill, three blocks and three aces and Carlin finished with eight assists, one kill and one block. Charcey dished out seven assists and Alex came up with four more digs.
Both of Ballard’s losses came in three sets.
Against Greene County the Bombers came back from a 21-15 setback in the opening set to win the second, 24-22. They ran out of steam in the rally game, losing 15-5.
Ossian and Dubberke both had four kills and they combined for six solo blocks against Greene County. Mallon added three kills, one block and one ace, Carlin and Charcey both dished out seven assists and Alex delivered three digs.
In the loss to Woodward-Granger Ballard won the opening set, 21-17, and lost the second by the exact same score. In the rally game the Bombers fell just short, losing 15-13.
Mallon ended up with six kills, two blocks and two aces, Dubberke had four kills and five blocks and Ossian recorded three kills and four blocks. Alex added three digs, Charcey had nine assists and two digs, Carlin put up five assists and one ace and Hannah Larsen picked up two kills and one block.
Johnston went on to win the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.