Washington Evening Journal
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NEW LONDON — No. 11 (Class 3A) Mid-Prairie has been playing some great volleyball this season.
On Saturday in the New London Volleyball Tournament, it was no different as the Golden Hawks took the tournament title with a 2-1 victory over No. 11 (Class 2A) West Burlington.
Mid-Prairie took the final 21-16, 14-21 and 15-11.
It wasn’t an easy road for the Golden Hawks.
Mid-Prairie fell in their first match of the day, 2-0 (23-21 and 21-15), to West Burlington.
Mid-Prairie wouldn’t lose another.
In their next three matches, the Golden Hawks downed Highland, Van Buren County and hosts No. 15 (Class 1A) New London all in two straight sets.
The Golden Hawks defeated Highland 21-7, 21-12; Van Buren County, 21-19, 21-10 and New London, 21-16, 21-20 to set them up for the title against the Falcons.
Representing the Union area along with Mid-Prairie, New London, Highland and Van Buren County was also Winfield-Mt. Union.
Host New London had an eventful day. The Tigers made it all the way to the semifinals after defeated Winfield-Mt. Union in three sets. The Wolves dominated the opening set against the Tigers, 21-16, but the New London bounced back with two straight for the win, 21-14 and 15-4.
The win set the Tigers up tournament champions, Mid-Prairie.
Including the loss to New London, WMU split four matches on the day.
The Wolves downed Louisa-Muscatine and English Valleys in straight sets.
Following the loss to New London, the Wolves moved on to the semifinal round against West Burlington. The Falcons got the better of the Wolves, 21-12 and 21-11.
Highland had a tough go in the tournament as the Huskies went winless.
The Huskies lost all of their pool-play matches to West Burlington, Mid-Prairie and Van Buren County.
For Highland, its lone set win came against Van Buren.
It was a tough road for Van Buren County as well. The Warriors took on West Burlington and Mid-Prairie to start the tournament.
Van Buren County was topped by both in two sets, falling to the Falcons 21-9, 21-5 and to the Golden Hawks, 21-19, 21-10.
VBC’s lone victory on the day came against Highland, 21-17, 16-21 and 16-14.