MISSOURIAN ROUNDUP: Leopold volleyball team glides into C1D3 championship game
The Leopold volleyball team downed two familiar foes in straight sets during the opening night of the Class 1 District 3 Tournament at Advance High School on Monday to set up a collision course with the top-seeded hosts for tonight's district championship.
The second-seeded Wildcats started the day with a sweep of seventh-seeded and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) rival Marquand-Zion 25-14, 25-11 in the quarterfinals. Senior Kyla Beel recorded six kills, two service aces and a block while Carly Jansen also had six kills for the Wildcats. Lindsey Duckworth tallied four kills and two aces for Leopold while Kara Hampton posted three kills and three aces. Sophomore Paige Davis accumulated 17 assists, two kills and two blocks.
The victory over the winless Tigers (0-18) sent the Wildcats to the semifinals where they were paired with another one of their MVC foes in third-seeded Meadow Heights. The Panthers, who had won 13 straight games including their 25-18, 25-19 quarterfinal victory over sixth-seeded Bell City, would ultimately see their season come to an abrupt end as the Wildcats posted an easy 25-15, 25-09 triumph. Beel once again led Leopold (23-8-4) with 14 kills while Davis contributed 18 assists, six digs, four aces and two kills. Jansen added four kills for the Wildcats and Megan Retz notched 10 digs.
In the Panthers' quarterfinal with the Cubs, Gracie Cook recorded nine kills and Molly Conrad put down six kills. Josey Wahlers provided 13 assists as Meadow Heights ended its season just shy of 20 wins with a record of 19-13 with Leopold responsible for four of those losses.
Bell City ended its season on a seven-game losing streak and with a 5-20-2 record.
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In a rematch of last year's championship game, the Wildcats will take on the defending Class 1 state champion Hornets (31-2) at 6 p.m. tonight for the district title. The top-seeded hosts trounced fourth-seeded Zalma 25-10, 25-04 in Monday's later semifinal. The Bulldogs (10-18-2) made it to the semifinals following a 16-25, 25-20, 25-11 win over fifth-seeded Oran, ending the Eagles' season at 6-19-3.
Class 2 District 2 Tournament
Heather Conaway hammered eight kills to lead fourth-seeded Scott City past fifth-seeded Greenville (25-18, 25-13) in the quarterfinals of the Class 2 District 2 Tournament at Woodland High School in Marble Hill, Mo., on Monday.
Avarie O'Brien served six aces and Liza Dannenmueller put up two blocks for the Rams while Havynne Riley provided 13 assists.
Scott City (8-23-2) will meet top-seeded host Woodland at 5 p.m. tonight in the semifinals. The Bears finished their season with a record of 4-21-2.
On the bottom half of the bracket, second-seeded Saxony Lutheran upended seventh-seeded Puxico 25-16, 25-09 to also move in tonight's semifinals. Olivia Spanley nailed seven kills to lead the Crusaders (9-21-2) while Lauren Barnes posted 10 digs and five kills. Makayla Mueller served five aces and Emma Voelker dished out seven assists for Saxony. The defeat ended a difficult season for the Indians, who did not win a single game and finished 0-23-1. The Crusaders will meet third-seeded Clearwater at 6:15 p.m. tonight in the semifinals. The Tigers (11-17-2) downed sixth-seeded Charleston in the other first-round game of the evening.
The championship game will immediately follow.
Class 2 District 3 Tournament
Fifth-seeded St. Vincent avenged an earlier-season loss against fourth-seeded host West County but then went on to see its season come to an end at the hands of top-seeded Valle Catholic in the opening night of the Class 2 District 3 Tournament in Leadwood, Mo.
The Indians posted the only upset of the day in their 25-18, 10-25, 25-22 victory over the host Bulldogs, who had swept St. Vincent 25-15, 25-18 on October 9. The exalting feeling, however, was short-lived as the Indians went on to suffer a season-ending loss to the Warriors in a 25-13, 25-19 defeat. St. Vincent closed its season at 7-17-5.
Valle Catholic (24-6-1) will face second-seeded Arcadia Valley at 6 p.m. tonight for the district title. It will mark the third meeting between the two MAAA Conference rivals with both teams notching a win in the series. The Tigers (23-9-1) survived a scare from third-seeded Jefferson (Festus) in their 25-22, 23-25, 25-18 semifinal triumph.
--From staff reports