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Stanton sweeps East Mills in Corner Conference volleyball

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    Stanton defeated East Mills 7-25, 18-25, 10-25 Thursday night’ in Corner Conference volleyball.
    “The girls battled, never gave up and I am very proud of them for that,” said East Mills coach Connie Blank.  “That is the most scrappy we have played and will expect it to continue.  We need to execute better ball control and limit our unforced errors, but overall I was pleased with our effort.”
    With leading hitter Amanda Bazer out for the match with a back injury, Jessika Lynn and Jess Doyle each stepped up with four kills each.  Lynn also contributed two block assists and three digs.  
    Kendra Croghan led with 11 digs and served 5-for-5.  
    Devin Laughlin and Zoe Frink had seven and five assists each, respectively.  Both Laughlin and Frink each served 7-for-7 with an ace.
    East Mills moved to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the Corner Conference.

Wolverines 1-3 at Clarinda
     The East Mills volleyball team finished 1-3 at the Clarinda Invitational Tourn- ament on Sept. 1.  
    East Mills (2-4) lost to Council Bluffs St. Albert 6-21, 14-21, Shenandoah 16-21, 10-21, and Villisca 7-25, 14-25  and defeated Griswold 22-20, 20-19.
    “Overall for the day, our serve receive/passing was shaky and inconsistent,” said East Mills coach Connie Blank.      “We must improve our passing to get into the offense.  We did a great job serving for the day serving 90-percent as a team.”
    For the day, Amanda Bazer  led the Wolverines with 17 kills. Emily Ray added six.
    Devin Laughlin had 15 assists and Zoe Frink 14.
    Leading in digs was Kendra Croghan with 21 and Kelsey Croghan with 12
    Jess Doyle served 22-for-23 with two aces while Frink was 17-for-18 with two aces.

East Mills 1-1 at F-M Round Robin
    East Mills defeated Sidney 25-16, 18-25, 15-11 at the season-opening Fremont-Mills Round Robin Tournament on Aug. 28.
    “It’s great to get a win right out of the gate,” said East Mills coach Connie Blank. “In the second set, we let down a bit and Sidney came on strong, but the girls put it all together for the third set to finish it.”
    Amanda Bazer led with eight kills, two block assists and a solo block.  

    Kendra Croghan added four kills and six digs.  
    Devin Laughlin led the offense with 11 assists and served 6-for-6 with an ace.
    The Wolverines lost their second match at the round robin to Tri-Center,  14-25, 19-25.
    “We played with a lot more confidence in the second set and made some great hustle plays,” Blank said.
Amanda Bazer had six kills in the Tri-Center loss.  
    Kendra Croghan led with seven digs and added two kills.  
    Devin Laughlin and Zoe Frink had eight and five assists each, respectively.