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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

Panthers start season by going 3-1 in WACO Tournament play

Van Buren, MSAE played as well
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Aug 26, 2014
Courtesy of: Lee's Photography-Ottumwa The 2014 Pekin volleyball is, from left, front row: Victoria Lisk, Maggie Brown, Shelbi Talley, Whitney Horras, Mallory Reed, Madelyn Baker; second row: Nikole Arendt, Beth Atwood, Cassidy Tolle, Madison Lathrop, Courtney Comstock, Shelbie Williams, Taylea Manley, Tessa Winn, Emily Bemis, Kaysha Dodson; third row: Emily Barton, Ashlyn Zook, Kaitlyn Conger, Jordan Handy, Makayla Hammes, Gabi Rutherford, Drew Powers, Hazel Ward, Aspen Clark; fourth row: Kaylee Garrels (manager), Joel Swanson (manager), Maci Gambell, Faith Oostra, Deanna Winn, Whitney Johnson, Leah Dix, Kennedy Coleman, Erin Almedle (manager), Ligeia Ervin (manager); back row: head coach Ken Hutchinson and coach Alissa Kitzman.

The Pekin High School volleyball team joined seven other schools at the WACO Tournament to begin its regular season Monday.

The Panthers went 3-1 in tournament play. Pekin went undefeated in its pool before meeting Iowa Valley in the tournament title game, which Iowa Valley took 25-21, 25-17.

“You can do a lot of things on the court with athletic players, and Pekin looks to be incredibly athletic,” Van Buren coach Matt Zeitler said.

Zeitler would kow, considering the Panthers were able to beat the Warriors 21-19, 21-7. Pekin also defeated Wapello by the score of 21-13, 21-12 and Columbus Junction 21-16, 21-13.

Iowa Valley won all eight games and each of its four matches, including a 21-1, 21-2 victory over Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightment. MSAE went 0-3 at the tournament, with its other two losses coming to Centerville and WACO. The Pioneers scored 16 points in their first set against Centerville.

MSAE will play again Saturday at the Danville Tournament.

Pekin (3-1) hosts a triangular against Winfield-Mount Union and West Burlington Notre Dame on Thursday.

Wapello took down WACO by the score of 25-23, 25-19 in the consolation match for third place in the tournament.

As for Van Buren, the Warriors finished the night 0-3. Their closest match was against Columbus Junction, which went three sets. The final score was 16-21, 21-11, 9-15.

Shayla Filson served three aces and smacked down four kills. Setter Libby King went 9-9 serving in the game.

The Warriors fell 21-14, 21-9 to Wapello. Grace Thomas was a presence in the front row, notching three kills in the game.

Van Buren will play tonight at the Davis County Tournament in Bloomfield.

“We’ve got some things we need to fix,” Zeitler said. “I think we’ll play much better tonight in Davis County.”

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