FARRAGUT, Iowa — Another year, another Corner Conference volleyball tournament title for Stanton.
Supporters of the Viqueens are running out of fingers when it comes to describing their team’s dominance in the league event. With the student section chanting “nine-peat” to cap another championship victory, Iowa Class 1-A No. 6 Stanton cruised past Villisca 25-8, 25-12, 25-11 on Thursday evening.
Stanton hardly missed a beat while putting together long strings of points in every set. Junior Carmen Subbert set the tone with 17 kills, and senior Rachel Sorensen knocked down 12 as part of an impressive collective effort.
“I thought we played probably the best we had all year,” Stanton coach Jody Druivenga said. “We covered the floor very, very well tonight. Our hitting was pretty much spot on all night.”
Each set progressed similarly, with Villisca hanging tough for about one third of the way before the Viqueens took over. In the opener, a 4-4 score quickly became 11-5, then 22-7. Villisca led 6-4 in the second before surrendering nine straight.
tanton (25-2) held a 10-8 advantage in the third before claiming 15 of the final 18 points.
Villisca coach Jim Obermeier said he encouraged his players to keep swinging away with the hope that Stanton’s back-row defense would misplay a few balls.
“To be perfectly honest, we would have had to have a near-perfect game and they would have to be off a little bit for us to win it,” Obermeier said. “But getting the chance to play for it, that’s all you can ask for.”
Villisca (12-11) got five kills from senior Amanda Focht and three from Jill Vanderhoof. By the end, the Bluejays were reflecting on their last trip to the finals as a stand-alone school. Villisca will enter a five-year whole-grade sharing agreement with Corning beginning next fall, with the combined schools to be known as Southwest Valley.
With a performance light on mistakes, Stanton could have beaten plenty of teams Thursday.
“It means a lot,” Subbert said. “For our seniors every year, we want them going out with another win in the conference tournament. We all work really hard, especially for that.”
Villisca (12-11)....................8 12 11
At Stanton (25-2)...............25 25 25
V (kills-aces-blocks): Morganne Haer 2-1-0, Kelsey Means 1-0-0, Jenny King 1-0-0, Amanda Focht 5-1-0, Jill Vanderhoof 3-0-0, BreeAnn Fisher 1-1-0, Mikayla Dolch 0-1-0.
S: Rachel Sorensen 12-3-0, Ragen Anderson 1-4-0, Kara Allen 6-1-1, Kimber Wagg 0-0-0, Roey Sink 3-1-2, Carmen Subbert 17-1-0, Erin DeKay 4-0-1, Alix Kammerer 0-0-0, Macy Elwood 0-0-0.
Set assists: V, Haer 7, Currin 4. S, Anderson 18, Sink 17, Dolch 1.
Nishnabotna outlasts Fremont-Mills
Nishnabotna came back from down two sets to one and fought off a match point along the way to edge Fremont-Mills 25-22, 17-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-12 for third place in the Corner Conference tournament on Thursday.
Molly Goltz led all players with 19 kills, while Anne-Marie Maher (13) and Ashley Gilbert (10) joined her in double figures for the Blue Devils on their home court.
Nishnabotna (13-9-2) led just 11-10 in the finale before taking four of the last six points, including three on Maher kills.
The home team rallied from down 20-17 to open the match, reeling off an 8-2 spurt to take it. The Blue Devils dropped the next two sets.
With Fremont-Mills (13-6) ahead 24-23 and a point away from clinching in the fourth, the Knights committed a pair of hitting errors and Goltz capped the match-tying comeback with a kill.
Madison Powers paced Fremont-Mills with 18 kills, while Macy Williams added 16 and Taryn Williams had 13.
Fremont-Mills (13-6).......................22 25 25 24 12
Nishnabotna (13-9-2)....................25 17 23 26 15
FM (kills-aces-blocks): Taryn Williams 13-3-0, Emily Smith 4-0-0, Madison Powers 18-0-0, Kendall Fichter 3-3-0, Sydney Esary 0-1-0, Macy Williams 16-1-0, Adrienne Alexander 1-0-0, Delaney Langfelt 0-0-0.
N: Alexia Blank 2-0-1, Charrose Ward 5-1-1, Molly Goltz 19-2-1, Jacy Hendrickson 0-0-0, Ashley Gilbert 10-0-0, Anne-Marie Maher 13-2-1, Christa McCall 3-3-0, Nickole Schwartz 0-0-0.
Set assists: FM, Fichter 37, Powers 3, Esary 1, Macy Williams 1, Taryn Williams 3, Smith 1. N, Blank 35, Gilbert 2, Maher 1, Ward 1.