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Volleyball roundup: Clarke, CD, I-35 drop matches

Kiaya Dunbar hits the ball over the net against Knoxville last week for Clarke. Dunbar finished the match with two kills on five attack attempts and had four digs.
Kiaya Dunbar hits the ball over the net against Knoxville last week for Clarke. Dunbar finished the match with two kills on five attack attempts and had four digs.

Knoxville 3, Clarke 0

Clarke lost to Class 4A No. 9 Knoxville 3-0 last Tuesday at home.

The Indians fell behind early at 11-5 in the first set, keeping the margin around five points before eight consecutive points from Knoxville gave it a 22-9 advantage.

A break in serve from Clarke wasn’t enough to slow the momentum for Knoxville as it won the first set 25-10.

Knoxville again opened up to an early lead in the second set at 7-4, but played back and took the lead at 10-9 off a 7-1 run facilitated on failed attack attempts and failed blocks from Knoxville.

Nicole Barnard’s serve was broke and Knoxville answered with a 6-0 run to make it 15-10 in its favor. The advantage was enough for Clarke to not recover en route to a 25-16 set loss.

Clarke’s third briefly saw it tie it up at 7-7, but a resurgent Knoxville put the Lady Indians away and opened up a 19-12 lead. Knoxville eventually won the third and decisive set at 25-17.

“We had a down night last night and I was worried about getting blown out of the gym tonight,” said Clarke head coach Shawn Pavlick. “I felt like we really stood up and we really played them tough.”

The Lady Indians were led by Caitlin Clark in the kills department with six. Kaitlyn Halsband and Chaley Selsor had three and two kills, respectively.

Clark also had the team-high in digs with 24 and Emma Bolton had 13 assists. Halsband swatted two shots for the team lead in blocks.

“I was really impressed with most of my hitters,” said Pavlick. “Caitlyn Clark really stepped up and has been a solid hitter for us. Halsband up the middle and and Kiaya Dunbar also. Really every single player stepped up and played ten times better than they played last night and it was a good thing to see.”

Clarke now sits at 1-11 and will play Chariton Tuesday (Oct. 8) in Chariton.

Nodaway Valley 3, Central Decatur 0

LEON – Central Decatur dropped the second game of its season-ending homestand last Tuesday, falling to Central Decatur 3-0.

The Cardinals lost 25-17, 25-20 and 25-11 across the three sets played.

Maizee Lindsey and Alaina Applegate had three kills each for the team lead. Lindsey and Mara Dykes had the most kills on the team, tying with four.

River Hamacker had two blocks and Applegate had a block to her credit. Hamacker also had a kill.

The Cardinals play Grand View Christian and Moravia Tuesday (Oct. 8) to close out their season at home.

CD is currently 4-14 and is 0-3 in Pride of Iowa play.

Des Moines Christian 3, Interstate 35 0

TRURO – The Interstate 35 Roadrunners fell to Des Moines Christian last Tuesday, losing 3-0.

I-35 fell in three straight sets 25-9, 25-17 and 15-7.

Jaylen Bush had a team-high five kills. Reanna Hubbard and Ainsley Maske had two and one kill, respectively.

Summer Pasutti went 9-for-9 on serve attempts while tallying three digs. She, Hubbard (4 of 4), Calli Garner (3 of 3) and Sophia Egli (4 of 4) were perfect from the service line with no aces.

Maske posted the high in digs with six.

Mount Ayr 3, Murray 1

MURRAY – Mount Ayr beat Murray Monday night in a 3-1 final.

Mount Ayr won the opening two sets 25-23 and 25-12 before Murray took the third set at 25-20. Mount Ayr won the decisive fourth set at 25-7.

Twila Barber had seven kills and Kinzee Eggers posted the team-high total of nine. Jayda Chew had nine assists and Rylee Newton had seven assists.

Barber (19 of 19), Bailey Frederick (12 of 12), Emma Decker (8 of 8), Michelle McBurney (8 of 8), Newton (8 of 8) and Teryn Sheilds (1 of 1) went perfect from the service line. Barber had seven aces.

Eggers also had four blocks.

Murray 3, Mormon Trail 0

GARDEN GROVE – Murray won 3-0 over Mormon Trail Thursday night.

The Lady Mustangs won 25-22, 25-18 and 25-9 for the match win.

Barber had nine kills and Eggers had five across the three sets. Eggers also had six blocks.

Newton posted a team-high 10 assists and went 10 of 11 from serve. Decker went 23-for-23 from the line with five aces in the win.

Murray 2, Melcher-Dallas 1

SEYMOUR – Murray beat Melcher-Dallas 2-1 last Tuesday night as part of triangular play.

Murray won the opening set 26-24 before losing 25-23 in the second set, but took the third set by a decisive final of 15-12.

Decker and Eggers both had five kills for the team-high on a combined 37 attack attempts.

Newton and Chloe Church had six assists each and Eggers had four blocks. McBurney also had four digs.

Seymour 2, Murray 0

SEYMOUR – Murray lost to Seymour 2-0 last Tuesday night.

The Lady Mustangs lost both sets 25-14 and 25-21.

Eggers had five kills and two blocks. Barber also had two blocks and a team leading four digs in the loss.

Newton had seven assists with two kills also.

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