Volleyball Recap: Tigers vs. Scouts
Two schools separated by just 12 miles brought a local rivalry to the court when David City and East Butler squared off for volleyball bragging rights on Sept. 4.
The Scouts and Tigers battled to a close affair early that eventually became a three-set sweep.
David City won in straight sets 25-19, 25-15 and 25-12.
Morgan Eickmeier led the team in digs with 18. Payton Andel had a team high 21 assists and four aces.
Lauren Vandenberg and Neely Behrns tied for the most kills on the night with eight. Behrns also had nine digs.
David City’s head coach Emily Maresh said she was happy with how her team performed.
“It felt really great,” she said. “I think the girls came together well. We still need to work on some serve receive, but Neely Behrns had the best night she’s ever had hitting, so it was awesome to finally see a freshman come along.”
Maresh is hoping for her team to improve in some areas, and they will have time to correct these issues as the Scouts have over a week off before their next game.
“We have a long wait right now for our next game,” she said. “It’s not until next Thursday (Sept. 13). We’re going to split some things up, work basics and then keep working to work on the real serve receive aspects of it.”
Jadyn Robley led the Tigers in kills on the night with five, Lexi Haney and Kailyn Hummel both had a team-high two aces and Roxanne German had five digs.
The Tigers next game is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mead.
Aquinas def. Shelby-Rising City 3-1
On Sep. 6 the Monarchs defeated the Huskies in four sets. 25-15, 17-25, 25-6 and 25-17.
Micaiah Vrbka led Aquinas is kills with 6, and four different player had five kills - Larissa Sellers, Gabrielle Oborny, Mallori Kucera and Kloe Ruth.
Breanna Stouffer had the highest serving percentage at 95.8 percent, and also led the team in assists with 21.
Vrbka had an astonishing six solo blocks during the contest.
Justine Beringer had 11 digs to led the team.
For Shelby-Rising City, Jordie Nekl had 11 kills and 19 assists and Reece Ingalls had 13 digs.
North Bend Triangular: Wayne def. Aquinas 2-1, Aquinas def. North Bend Central 2-0
On Sep. 8 the Monarchs traveled to North Bend to compete in a triangular, where they went 1-1.
Against Wayne the team lost a nail bitter as it lost 15-25, 25-21 and 25-22.
Vrbka and Kloe Ruth led Aquinas in kills with seven apiece, Stouffer had four aces and 15 assists.
There was a nine-way tie for the stat leader in digs.
Against North Bend Central, Aquinas bounced back and swept the Tigers 25-18 and 25-14.
Sellers led the team in kills with eight, Stouffer had nine digs and nine assists.
The next game for Aquinas will be on Sep. 20 when they host a triangular against Friend and East Butler.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net