Comets knock off two ranked teams

BONDURANT – The North Polk volleyball team had a successful start to the season after going 4-2 at the Bondurant-Farrar Invitational Saturday in Bondurant.

The Comets scored victories over Woodward-Granger, Davis County and two ranked foes in Harris-Lake Park and Bondurant-Farrar.

North Polk defeated Woodward-Granger in three sets. The Comets rebounded from a 21-18 opening-set loss to claim a 21-14 victory in the second set, and then they took the rally game by a 15-8 margin.

Megan Murphy tallied 12 digs, five kills and a 13 of 15 serving effort with one ace and Miranda Murphy had seven kills and two blocks to lead North Polk. Lilly Lomica chipped in 12 digs, four kills and one ace; Jill Christensen had three kills and four digs; Morgyn Bullock dished out 14 assists and tacked on four aces and five digs and freshman Courtney Bonewitz delivered eight digs for North Polk in the win.

The Comets swept a pair of competitive matches from Davis County. North Polk prevailed by a 22-20 score in each set.

A strong attack played a big part in the victory over Davis County. North Polk registered a kill-efficiency rate of .211 with 23 kills and 11 errors in 57 attacks.

Megan Murphy led North Polk in kills with eight. Miranda, Christensen and freshman Hannah Becker added four apiece and Lomica tallied three.

Bonewitz led the team in digs with six and Christensen, Lomica and Megan each finished with five. Becker was 10 of 10 with three aces and Bullock finished 10 of 11 with a pair of aces as the top Comet servers.

In the match with a Harris-Lake Park team rated 12th in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union pre-season poll, North Polk rallied from a bad opening set to pull off the upset. The Comets suffered a 21-10 setback in the opener, but they came back with an impressive 21-14 win in the second set and then took the rally game by a 15-11 score.

A strong hitting attack was also crucial against Harris-Lake Park. The Comets totaled 24 kills and 11 errors in 68 attacks to record a .191 kill-efficiency rate.

Becker stepped up with six kills and one block and she also went 7 of 9 serving with two aces. Lomica also had six kills and she tacked on seven digs on defense.

Megan picked up five kills and digs apiece and Miranda and Christensen each tallied three kills versus Harris-Lake Park. Bullock dished out 19 assists and had five digs and Bonewitz contributed 10 digs against the Wolves.

North Polk also downed a Bondurant-Farrar team rated eighth in 3A in three sets. The Comets scored a stunning 21-9 win in the opening set, but lost the second to the Bluejays by a 21-11 score to force a rally game.

The rally game went down to the wire, with North Polk prevailing by a 16-14 score.

The Comets were a strong 46 of 49 serving with six aces against the Bluejays and they also had a strong block with nine total blocks.

Miranda had four blocks and two kills, Megan finished with five digs, four kills, two aces and one block and Lomica had six digs, four kills and two aces in the victory over Bondurant-Farrar. Christensen tacked on six digs, three kills and two blocks; Bullock tallied 11 assists, six digs and two blocks and Becker finished with two kills.

Bonewitz contributed eight digs and two aces in the win over Bondurant-Farrar.

North Polk’s two losses in the tournament came at the hands of Heart of Iowa Conference rival Gilbert and Des Moines Roosevelt.

Gilbert swept the Comets by scores of 21-17 and 21-16.

Miranda had six kills, Megan finished with eight digs, four kills and one block and Bullock dished out 11 assists and delivered four digs and two aces in the loss. Christensen had three assists, two kills and two digs; Becker recorded two blocks and Bonewitz added five digs.

Roosevelt downed North Polk in straight sets, 21-18 and 21-16.

Megan finished with seven kills and three digs, Miranda had two kills and Lomica, Bullock and Bonewitz each had eight digs versus the Roughriders. Bullock also had eight assists and Christensen finished with six digs and three assists.