OSKALOOSA – Saturday was a fantastic day for the North Polk volleyball team as the Comets claimed the Oskaloosa Invitational championship with a 5-0 record.
North Polk knocked off a Grundy Center team ranked seventh in Class 2A in the championship to complete a phenomenal day. The Comets also scored two wins over Ottumwa and one victory apiece against Fairfield and Gilbert as they improved to 20-9 on the season.
In big win over Grundy Center the Comets came back from 25-20 opening-set loss. North Polk evened things up with a 25-21 win in the second set and then pulled off a 16-14 thriller in the rally game to claim victory.
North Polk had 31 kills against 16 attack errors in the match against Grundy Center. The Comets also did well with their block against the Spartans, putting up 12 blocks as a team.
Lilly Lomica had a tremendous individual match for North Polk in the win. Stepping up with fellow outside hitter Megan Murphy out of the lineup, Lomica totaled 14 kills and 12 digs.
Jill Christensen also stepped up big as she picked up 10 digs, seven kills and two blocks. Miranda Murphy had five kills and two blocks, Hannah Becker finished with four blocks and two kills, Morgyn Bullock tallied 12 digs, one kill and one ace and Gracie Harmeyer handed out 24 assists and chipped in seven digs.
Madison Nelson was North Polk’s top server versus Grundy Center as she went 13 of 14 with four aces.
North Polk also swept Ottumwa by scores of 25-18 and 25-23 in the championship round. The Comets put up 26 kills against nine errors and they went 44 of 49 serving with five aces.
Lomica finished with eight kills, seven digs and one ace, Miranda had seven kills, Christensen totaled 12 digs, five kills and one ace, Becker contributed three kills and one block and Riley Murphy picked up two kills.
Bullock led North Polk in digs with 18 and Rebecca Rimathe chipped in 10. Nelson finished with four digs and two aces and Harmeyer turned in another strong match at setter with 23 assists, seven digs and one ace.
In North Polk’s first meeting with Ottumwa the Comets pulled off a pair of 21-18 victories. Becker was big at the net with seven kills and four blocks, Lomica had eight digs, five kills, two aces and one block, Miranda totaled five kills, Bullock had 21 digs, Harmeyer contributed 17 assists and eight digs and Christensen and Rimathe combined for 14 digs.
The Comets also scored sweeps over Fairfield and Heart of Iowa Conference rival Gilbert in pool play.
North Polk knocked off Fairfield by scores of 21-14 and 21-16. Becker had seven kills and two blocks, Lomica totaled six digs and five kills Miranda put up five more kills and Christensen finished with three kills and eight digs.
Bullock had 11 digs and three aces versus Fairfield and Harmeyer contributed 18 assists and four digs.
The Comets topped Gilbert by margins of 21-14 and 21-18. Lomica totaled seven kills and five digs, Becker had six kills and three blocks and Christensen finished with three kills, eight digs and one block.
Harmeyer added 18 assists and one ace and Bullock totaled 11 digs and two aces against the Tigers.
JEFFERSON – North Polk suffered a heartbreaking five-set loss to Greene County in Heart of Iowa Conference play Oct. 10 in Jefferson.
The match was back-and-forth all the way through.
Greene County took the opening set by a 25-20 score and North Polk came back with a 25-19. In the third set the Rams went back on top with a tight 25-23 triumph, but the Comets again responded well, winning the fourth set by a 25-20 score to force a rally game.
The rally game was an even battle that saw Greene County just barely fend off North Polk and hand the Comets a 15-13 loss to end the match.
The loss put North Polk at 4-3 in the HOIC.
Megan Murphy had a huge night individually in a losing effort for the Comets as she totaled 17 kills, 15 digs, five blocks and two aces on a 15 of 15 serving effort. Lilly Lomica was also all over the court for North Polk as she racked up 19 digs, nine kills and two aces on a 24 of 25 serving effort.
Miranda Murphy hit double digits in kills with 10 and she was huge defensively with eight blocks. Hannah Becker had seven kills and five blocks and Madison Nelson finished with three kills to go along with 15 assists, four digs and one ace.
Gracie Harmeyer led North Polk in assists with 18 and she also contributed nine digs and one kill, block and assist apiece. Morgyn Bullock came through with a team-high 25 digs and Jill Christensen tacked on 21 kills, four assists, two blocks and one ace.
ALLEMAN – North Polk had its way with South Hamilton Oct. 8 in Alleman as the Comets swept the Hawks for their fourth Heart of Iowa Conference victory.
North Polk two double digit victories in the match.
The Comets won the first set by a 25-13 score and they were given a little bit of a fight in the second set before claiming a 25-20 victory. In the third set North Polk rolled to a 25-12 victory.
The Comets had 35 kills and 14 errors in 102 attacks for a .206 kill-efficiency rate. They also picked up five blocks and went 67 of 73 serving with seven aces.
Megan Murphy compiled 12 kills, 10 digs, three aces and one block in the victory. Lilly Lomica finished with 14 digs, seven kills and one block, Miranda Murphy had six kills and two blocks, Jill Christensen finished with five kills, nine digs and one ace and Hannah Becker chimed in with four kills and one block.
Morgyn Bullock came through with 15 digs and three aces and Gracie Harmeyer had 29 assists and seven digs.