BURLINGTON — Things didn’t go as planned for the Union Coverage area volleyball teams in Saturday’s Southeast Iowa Super Conference finals. Winfield-Mt. Union, WACO and New London were all one-and-dones, as the three schools were knocked out in their first games of the day.
W-MU, the four-seed, couldn’t get off the ground against West Burlington. The fifth-seeded Falcons swept the Wolves 25-13 and 25-16 behind an 11-kill performance by star hitter Sydney Marlow.
Jenna Buffington led the Wolves with five kills and eight digs in the loss. Kayla Edwards had six assists.
Third-seeded WACO lost a three-set heartbreaker against six-seed Central Lee. The Warriors rolled in the opening set, leading by 10 at one point before clinching it 25-19 on a Grace Coble ace. The Hawks came back from an 11-4 deficit to win Set 2, 25-21, and stormed back from down 8-4 in the third to knock WACO out 15-13.
Morgan Graber led the Warriors with 10 kills in the loss. Grace Coble dished out 29 assists. Aubri Garnsey had 21 digs.
That left it up to second-seeded New London, who had to play those same Hawks in the semifinals, and their game looked a lot like WACO’S.
New London came back to win a thrilling first set 25-23, clinching the win on a big block by Sofie Reighard. The Tigers looked cominant in the second set, leading 6-1 at one point, before the Hawks made their run. Despite three kills each from Reighard and Keaura Williams, Central Lee forced a tiebreaker set with a 25-17 victory.
Williams gave New London a 1-0 lead with a kill to start the third game, and the set was tied 4-4 after a Paris Wilka kill, but that’s as close as the Tigers would get. Central Lee closed out New London 15-7 in the decider.
After surviving a brutal three-set match against West Burlington in the semifinals, Holy Trinity Catholic won the tournament from the No. 1 seed. They swept Central Lee in the finals, winning 25-21, 25-22.