Knights, Wolverines stopped in Corner Conference tourney

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Fremont-Mills volleyball team swept East Mills 25-4, 25-10, 25-19 in the opening round of the Corner Conference volleyball tournament last Monday.
    The second seeded Knights (21-3) used its aggressive attack (31 kills) and took advantage of some Wolverine (1-19) errors in the win.
    “We served 91 percent for the night, but our serve receive struggled and we had too many hitting errors,” said East Mills coach Connie Blank. “In the third game we minimized our errors and played much better.”
    The Knights were led by Mindy Lorimor’s 14 kills. Melissa Kesterson and Lynde Madison added seven each.
    Kelsey Croghan, Jordan Jennings, Amanda Bazer and Zoe Frink all had two kills apiece to lead the Wolverines. Kara Helbling led the defense with 13 digs and Frink added five assists to go with her five digs.

F-M 21-25-21-22
Villisca 25-23-25-25
    Villisca knocked off Fremont-Mills 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 in the second round of the Corner Conference tournament on Tuesday.

    The Knights pounded down 34 kills in the match but couldn’t match the Bluejays’ attack. Villisca finished with 55 kills in the four games, led by Courtney Auxier’s 21.
    Mindy Lorimor led Fremont-Mills with 25 kills. Lynde Madison added eight kills and 14 digs.
    Kendall Fichter finished with 26 set assists and three digs.

F-M 25-16-13-25-8
Nishnabotna 12-25-25-19-15
    The Fremont-Mills volleyball team dropped its second straight match with a 25-12, 16-25, 13-25, 25-19, 8-15 loss to Nishnabotna on Thursday.

    Lynde Madison led the Knights with 10 kills. Melissa Kesterson and Mindy Lorimor added nine each.
    Kendall Fichter had 22 set assists and 14 digs to go along with two ace serves.
E. Mills 25-25-21-14-15
Essex 18-16-25-25-17
    Essex battled back from a 2-0 game deficit to defeat East Mills 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 14-25, 15-17 in non-conference volleyball action on Thursday.
    “This was the best match we played all season,” said East Mills coach Connie Blank. “We took control of the match early by winning games one and two. We let up in game three and did not play aggressive in game four. Essex went into game five with the momentum and we started out shakey.”
    Trailing 13-6 in the final game, East Mills battled back to knot the score at 14-14 but Essex rattled off three of the next four points to ice the win.
    “I am so proud of how the girls played and how they never gave up,” said Blank. “They played their hearts out to the very end.”
    Shelby Sommerla and Amanda Bazer led the Wolverine attack with 11 kills each. Sommerla also added 19 digs and a eight aces.
    Amy Walker chipped in with eight kills, eight digs and 11 assists while serving 11-for-12 with two aces.