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Knights sweep Wolverines in Corner Conference

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

TABOR - Andrea McClary and Madison Powers combined for 16 kills as Fremont-Mills swept East Mills 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 in Corner Conference volleyball  Thursday.

The Knights (4-1 overall, 1-1 in the conference) led throughout the match with their strong hitting. Fremont-Mills hit .141 as a team and added 10 ace serves.

Delaney Langfelt had 27 assists for the Knights.

East Mills was led by Kendra Croghan and Stephanie Frink with six kills each. Emmy Duysen had nine set assists and two aces.

East Mills drops to 3-9 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

East Mills 25-18-24-25-15
Nishnabotna 12-25-26-17-5

East Mills got its first Corner Conference volleyball win of the season last Tuesday with a 25-12, 18-25, 24-26, 25-17, 15-5 victory over Nishnabotna.

“A great conference win for us,” said East Mills coach Connie Viner-Blank. “After a strong start, we struggled in the second set to get things going and battled back in the third set, but let that one slip away.  The girls found a way to regain the momentum in the fourth and fifth set to finish the match with a win.  We have to be more vocal on the floor and communicate better without hesitating."

For the second straight match the Wolverines set a new season-best in kills with 40 against the Blue Devils. Kendra Croghan and Emily Ray led with 11 each. Emmy Duysen dished out 17 assists and had nine digs. Elizabeth Walker finished with 21 assists.

Stanton 25-25-23-25
Fremont-Mills 13-19-25-17

Stanton handed Fremont-Mills its first loss of the season with a 25-13, 25-19, 23-25, 25-17 set back to the Viqueens last Tuesday.

“Even with losing the match, I am very proud of the girls and their effort tonight,” said Fremont-Mills coach Tracy Malcom.

Stanton, a state qualifier a year ago, had cruised into Tuesday’s Corner Conference match with the Knights, losing just one game in a 7-0 start. The Knights may not have won but that one, third game victory was a nice step for Malcom’s team.

“I explained to them before the game  to not get caught up in the ‘hype’ that goes along with Stanton,” she said.  “Stanton has somewhat of a legacy of always being the team to beat, and I spoke to the girls that anything can happen on any given night.  We have nothing to lose, so go out and play hard and focus on fundamentals.

“What we need to concentrate on is putting the ball away when we have the opportunity to.  We will hopefully learn from our mistakes and capitalize on this. The girls have a tough mindset and will bounce back with no problem.

The Knights finished with 30 kills. Taryn Williams had nine kills, Madison Powers eight and Macy Williams seven.

Delaney Langfelt dished up 27 set assists while Sydney Esary had 16 digs.

Carmen Subbert had a season-high 33 kills to lead Stanton.

East Mills 25-25-25
Tarkio, Mo. 13-23-17

The East Mills volleyball team swept Tarkio, Mo. 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 in a non-conference volleyball match last Monday.

“We let up in the second set a but we regained control of the match to finish the sweep,” said East Mills coach Connie Viner-Blank.

The Wolverines finished with a season-high 38 kills in the match. Five different hitters, led by Stephanie Frink and Emmy Duysen with 12 and 8 each, respectively, had at least five kills.

Duysen added 19 assists and a pair of aces while Jessie Doyle and Kendra Croghan combined for 36 digs. Elizabeth Walker added 20 assists.