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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2014

Volleyball season begins in WACO

Van Buren skips tournament because of the heat
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Aug 27, 2013

Volleyball is officially underway.

The WACO tournament took place last night in Wayland. Iowa Valley won the tournament and left Wayland with a 4-0 record. The Tigers beat Wapello in the tournament championship by the score of 25-20, 25-13.

Teams competed in pool play, and the winner of the two pools played in the championship match. Pool A consisted of Iowa Valley, WACO, Harmony and Maharishi School, while Pekin, Wapello and Columbus were in Pool B.

Here is a tournament recap for three teams who had very different experiences at this year’s WACO tournament.

Pekin: The Panthers started off their night with a loss to Wapello. The match went to a third set, where Wapello finally put away Pekin by the score of 15-7. The second match was not a problem. Columbus proved to be an unworthy adversary, losing 21-7, 21-16 in straight sets. Pekin faced WACO in the third-place game and was defeated 25-14, 25-23. Beth Atwood led the Panthers with 21 kills and five blocks. Tiana Slaney had four aces and 34 digs. Whitney Horras pitched in with 37 assists.

Maharishi School: MSAE came close to their first victory in multiple seasons Monday. The Pioneers were beating Harmony before letting their lead slip away.

“They could have made really good points but they didn’t follow through,” coach Danielle Wallace said.

The MSAE coach thinks her squad is better than last year’s team and has already made strides this season. It’s important to remember, many of the players have never played an organized sport.

“We focused the last few practices on positions and getting people where they need to be,” Wallace said.

MSAE also lost to Iowa Valley and WACO. The Pioneers’ next game is on Saturday at the Danville tournament.

Van Buren: The Warriors didn’t play in the tournament Monday, but they were supposed to. Van Buren High School is ending school early this entire week because of the heat wave stretching across the Midwest. School policy says that athletic programs can only play in air-conditioned facilities on days where students are let out early. The gym at WACO is not air-conditioned; therefore the Warriors did not make the trip.

Coach Matt Zeitler is disappointed in the school’s policy and is unsure whether or not the games will be made up.

Van Buren will scrimmage at Davis County tonight. Luckily, there is an air-conditioned gymnasium there.

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