Washington Evening Journal
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KEOSAUQUA — The Pekin volleyball team won two tight games over area rivals at the Van Buren County volleyball quad on Monday night. The Panthers beat both Cardinal and Van Buren County in three sets.
Cardinal and Pekin played in the opener in a game that went down to the bitter end. The Panthers outlasted the Comets 21-18, 12-21, 15-11 behind a five-kill game for Kyli Fitzsimmons and a 10-assist performance for Taylor Gambell.
The Panthers finished a perfect 2-0 day with a thriller against Van Buren County later that night, defeating the Warriors 21-16, 15-21, 15-13. Fitzsimmons tallied another eight kills in the win.
Van Buren County finished the day 1-1 with a 21-9, 21-13 win over Moravia. Cardinal picked up a win of its own, winning 21-18, 21-10.
New London wins North Mahaska tournament
New Sharon — No. 9 (1A) New London had to bounce back from a pool play loss to defeat Grinnell in the North Mahaska tournament championship.
The Tigers dropped their pool play game against Grinnell 21-16, 15-21, 19-17, despite 10 kills out of Natalie Burden, but they swept Lynnville-Sully, Sigourney and Tri-County to earn a spot in the title game.
In the championship, New London earned revenge against Grinnell, winning the battle of Tigers 23-25, 25-17, 15-10.
Burden showed up big in the championship match, going for 12 kills and four blocks. Camryn Lair added four blocks of her own, and Aliyah Christensen dished out 11 assists.
WMU goes 2-2 at Holy Trinity tourney
WINFIELD — The Winfield-Mount Union volleyball team dropped a couple of Southeast Conference teams but went 0-2 against the Southeast Iowa Super Conference.
WMU swept Fort Madison 21-19, 21-10, behind four kills from Melina Oepping, and took down Burlington 21-16, 24-22, with the help of a three-kill, nine assist performance from Keely Malone. Bradie Buffington also had three kills against the Grayhounds.
The Wolves didn’t fare so well against their own league. WMU lost 21-15, 21-13 against Holy Trinity and dropped to North Division leading Wapello, 21-18, 21-18.