POTTER — The Leyton volleyball team captured its seventh straight Minuteman Activities Conference Tournament championship in convincing fashion on Saturday in Potter.
Leyton, which improved to 23-0 on the season, swept Potter-Dix 25-14, 25-18 in the title match.
“This was our seventh year in a row winning our conference tournament so this was a very exciting day for us,” Leyton coach Jodi Craig said. “We really came out strong and played consistent volleyball today. We served aggressively and continued executing offensively throughout both matches. I was proud of how we controlled our side of the court and were able to take both Garden County and Potter-Dix out of system to get the two wins.”
In the championship match, Kelsey Waite led a balanced Leyton hitting attack with five kills. Kaitlyn Berner and Kassandra Harris each added four kills, while Katy Ernest had three. Ernest totaled 10 set as-sists and also led the Warriors in serving with 15 points and four aces. Grace Harvey served 10 points, while Rachael Ernest and Carly Rushman both served seven points. Defensively for Leyton, Waite totaled three blocks and Harvey recorded 11 digs.
Conner Wolff led Potter-Dix in hitting with seven kills. Kaidee Livingstone added four kills and led the Coyotes defensively with 12 digs. Taylor Juelfs handed out 10 assists and served six points. Wolff and Lindsay Harms each registered three blocks, while Regyn Hicks and Kinley Vowers both had seven digs. Vowers also served four points.
As the No. 1 seed, Leyton earned a bye into the semifinal round where the Warriors swept past Garden County 25-10, 25-15. Katy Ernest tallied 12 assists with nine points and four digs. Harvey led Leyton in hit-ting with seven kills. Waite added four, while Rachael Ernest and Berner both finished with three. Harris served a team-high 15 points with four aces. Waite also fired in four aces to go with nine service points. Defensively, Waite and Rachael Ernest both totaled two blocks. Harvey led the Warriors with six digs. Waite and Rushman each had four.
Potter-Dix punched its ticket to the final with a 25-12, 25-20 sweep over South Platte in the semifinals. Amanda Maas and Wolff both put down four kills. Wolff led Potter-Dix with four blocks. Livingstone fin-ished with three kills, four aces, 12 digs and six points. Juelfs totaled 16 assists, two aces and seven points. Also for the Coyotes, Hicks had seven digs, Vowers had five digs, Harms had four blocks and Juliet Ball served seven points.
In the opening round of the tournament, Potter-Dix earned a 25-19, 25-5 win over Minatare. Juelfs fin-ished with a double-double of 11 assists and 15 digs. She also served seven aces. Wolff tallied four kills, 15 points and seven aces. Defensively in the match, Hicks had four digs, while Maas and Harms both had a pair of blocks. Vowers finished with four aces.
South Platte earned a third-place finish in the tournament after rallying for a 22-25, 25-18, 25-14 win over Garden County. Garden County topped Creek Valley 27-25, 25-21 in the first round.