Comets improve to 9-4 on season

CONRAD – The North Polk volleyball team turned in its second-consecutive successful tournament with a 4-1 showing a the BCLUW Invitational Saturday in Conrad.

One week after going 4-2 with two wins over ranked teams at the Bondurant-Farrar Invitational North Polk defeated BCLUW, Aplington-Parkersburg, Benton and South Tama in Conrad. The Comets’ only loss Saturday came against Hudson as they concluded the tournament with an overall record of 9-4.

North Polk swept BCLUW, Aplington-Parkersburg and Benton.

The Comets knocked off BCLUW by scores of 21-11 and 21-13. North Polk had a .141 kill-efficiency rate and served at a .927-percent clip with four aces in the win.

Outside hitter Lilly Lomica spiked home seven kills and she also led the Comets in digs against BCLUW with 14. Jill Christensen had five kills and two assists, Hannah Becker delivered four kills and two blocks and Megan and Miranda Murphy combined for four kills and three blocks.

Gracie Harmeyer added 17 assists and eight digs. Miranda Murphy led the team in serving by going 9 of 9 with three aces.

North Polk won a pair of 21-12 decisions over Aplington-Parkersburg. The Comets had a strong kill-efficiency rate of .217 with 22 kills and only seven errors in 69 attacks against the Falcons and they were also a perfect 40 of 40 serving with four aces.

Megan Murphy and Becker each had six kills and Jill Christensen and Miranda tacked on four apiece. Megan also had five digs and Christensen finished with seven plus two aces.

Lomica again tallied 14 digs in the victory and Courtney Bonewitz finished with seven. Harmeyer dished out 20 assists and she was also 12 of 12 serving.

The match against Benton saw North Polk prevail by scores of 21-6 and 21-15. The Comets turned in an excellent .295 kill-efficiency rate in the match with 25 kills and only seven errors in 25 attacks.

Miranda led a balanced Comet hitting attack with seven kills. Megan finished with six, Lomica had five, Christensen tallied four and Becker tacked on three.

Miranda also had two blocks defensively at the net and Christensen added one. Bonewitz topped the team in digs with 13, Megan totaled seven and Harmeyer and Lomica each finished with six.

Harmeyer also dished out 19 assists versus Benton and she was 11 of 12 serving with one ace. Megan went 13 of 14 serving with one ace.

The Comets took down South Tama in three sets. They came back from a 21-10 setback in the opening game with a 21-11 triumph and then claimed a 15-9 triumph in the rally game.

North Polk picked up 27 kills and totaled just nine errors in 88 attacks to turn in a .205 kill-efficiency rate. The Comets were also strong serving the ball versus South Tama, going 43 of 45 with five aces.

Miranda ended up with seven kills and two blocks, Becker picked up six kills and Christensen and Megan tacked on five kills apiece. Christensen also added nine digs and Megan finished with five.

Lomica had 16 digs and she also chipped in three kills. Harmeyer contributed 19 assists and six digs and Bonewitz delivered 14 digs.

Harmeyer led North Polk in serving versus South Tama by going 15 of 15 with two aces. Megan was 11 of 11 with one ace and Christensen finished 7 of 7 with an ace.

North Polk lost to Hudson in three sets. The first two sets were competitive as North Polk took the first by a 21-17 score and Hudson came back with a 21-16 win, but the Comets went flat in the rally game, losing 15-3.

Megan had nine kills and eight digs, Lomica finished with 14 digs and four kills, Murphy had four kills and Becker and Christensen tacked on three apiece against Hudson. Bonewitz matched Lomica with 14 digs and Harmeyer delivered 18 assists, five digs and three aces in the loss.