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NL, WACO take South Division losses

New London’s Aliyah Christensen slides in to dig the ball during New London’s road game against Holy Trinity earlier this week. The Tigers will need a win and some help tonight to get a piece of the SEISC South Division title. (File)
New London’s Aliyah Christensen slides in to dig the ball during New London’s road game against Holy Trinity earlier this week. The Tigers will need a win and some help tonight to get a piece of the SEISC South Division title. (File)

The No. 10 New London and No. 13 WACO (1A) volleyball teams will need help tonight if they want to win a share of the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division title. Both teams suffered close losses on Thursday night, with New London falling in five sets at West Burlington, and WACO dropping a four-set home game to Notre Dame.

New London played an instant classic against West Burlington. The Falcons took the first two games, 25-22 and 26-24, but New London clawed back to win Sets 3 and 4, 25-23 and 25-21. Two nights after beating No. 6 Holy Trinity in five sets, the Falcons took the fifth set against New London 15-8 to hand the Tigers their second conference loss.

Keaura Williams had 13 kills for New London to lead the team. Sofie Reighard and Paris Wilka had eight each.

As that played out in Burlington, WACO was dropping its second-straight South Division match after starting the slate 5-0. After winning the first set 25-23 but Notre Dame battled back to win the next three sets, 25-19, 25-19 and 26-24.

Despite the loss, WACO received another great outing from Morgan Graber, who finished the night with 15 kills and seven blocks.

That puts the Tigers and Warriors both at 5-2 in the South Division standings, tied with Holy Trinity for second. That is one game behind West Burlington, who sits at 6-1.

New London and WACO both play Union Coverage area teams tonight (Tuesday) in their final conference games. The Tigers will host a Cardinal team that fell in three sets (25-15, 25-14, 25-16) against Holy Trinity on Thursday. The Warriors will travel to face Van Buren County, who swept Keokuk 27-25, 25-20 and 26-24 in a nonconference game.

Both teams will be cheering for Notre Dame, who will host West Burlington. If the Nikes can’t take out the Falcons, West Burlington will clinch the South Division in 2020.

Holy Trinity will be hosting a tough Central Lee team tonight. If the Crusaders win and the Falcons lose, Holy Trinity will win a share of the title.