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BLOOMFIELD — Pool play isn’t everything. That’s the lesson the New London volleyball team taught on Saturday when they battled back from an early loss to win the Davis County tournament.
The Tigers lost one of their pool play matches, falling in three sets to Albia, 21-17, 17-21, 15-3. New London swept their other two pool play matches to get into the semifinals.
The Tigers took on Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division rival Van Buren County in the pool play round, knocking the Warriors off 21-4, 21-7. They also smashed Centerville, 21-6 and 21-5.
New London won a three-set war against Central Lee in the semifinals. The Tigers survived that one, 27-25, 17-25, 15-11.
In the championship game, New London faced off with hosting Davis County. The Tigers won 25-18, 25-20 to finish the day 4-1 as tournament champions.
Natalie Burden went off for 53 kills on the day, including nine in the championship to lead the Tigers. Sophie Malott tallied 24.
Emma Nye continued to keep the ball off the ground, netting 95 digs on the day. Elly Manning and Aliyah Christensen had 49 and 46 assists respectively, and Christensen led the squad with seven aces.
Van Buren County went 3-2 on the day. That included a win over rival Cardinal, where the Warriors knocked off their South Division foe and regional opener opponent Cardinal, 25-16 and 25-15.
Van Buren netted six kills apiece from Kadence Nusbaum and Shea Scott in the victory, to go along with nine digs from Tessa Sayer and 10 assists from Annabelle Cormier.
Cardinal’s Sydney Pickrell had four kills in the loss to Van Buren. Emily Ward dished out seven assists, and Emma Becker had eight digs.
Van Buren County also defeated Centerville (21-15, 12-21, 15-7) and Albia (21-11, 23-21). The Warriors’ other loss on the day came to Keokuk in three sets (25-18, 23-25, 15-4).
Cardinal lost all four games by sweep. Along with the Van Buren County loss, the Comets fell to Central Lee (21-13, 21-16), Davis County (21-7, 21-9) and Keokuk (21-12, 21-15).