ll team ran up a perfect 3-0 match record and a 6-0 set record at the Chariton Invitational.
It was another patchwork line-up for the Dees. Tanae Thiravong joined the team for the first time after a COVID-19 quarantine, Jenna Gronewold, who didn’t miss any matches, but 14 days of practice, was on hand, but libero Adelina Curiel was taking some precautionary measures with a relative being tested for the virus.
With Sophie Waber moving to libero and Thiravong giving Albia a big one-two punch with Addy Halstead in the middle, Albia beat Wayne 21-12, 21-17, traditional 1A powerhouse East Union 21-15, 21-17 and host Chariton 21-17, 21-10.
Albia was solid with their serving, hitting, setting and back row defensive play.
In the first game against Wayne, Albia jumped to an 11-5 lead with Sydney Hoskins scoring on two kills and two ace serves, Waber had an ace, and Thiravong had a kill. Wayne rallied back to 11-8, but Albia went up 14-9 with two kills by Ashley Beary and a front row kill by Halstead. A kill by Gronewold, a block by Halstead, another kill by Gronewold, a block by Thiravong and aces by Waber and Hoskins gave Albia a 21-12 win.
In game two, Wayne jumped to a 4-0 lead and were up 7-3 when a back row kill by Waber and another by Emma Wenger cut the lead to 10-8. Errors by Albia let Wayne go back up 14-10, but an ace serve by Gronewold, a kill by Thiravong and two straight kills by Gronewold gave Albia its first lead at 16-15.
Albia errors and a Wayne block put the Falcons up 18-16, but the Dees took over with kills by Hoskins and Beary, a dink for kill by Wenger and two ace serves by Hoskins to win the set and match.
Offensively, Gronewold and Hoskins had six kills each, Beary had three, Thiravong two and Wenger, Waber, Maia Paxton and Halstead one each.
Serving, Beary was 6-6 with an ace, Wenger 4-4, Gronewold 7-7 with three aces, Hoskins 9-10 with five aces and Waber 9-11 with four aces.
Beary had eight digs, Waber seven, Wenger four, Paxton three, Hoskins and Thiravong two and Halstead one.
East Union win
East Union could never figure out Albia’s serving or outside hitting. The Dees jumped out to an 18-11 lead with ace serves by Gronewold (2), Hoskins and Thiravong and kills by Beary, Hoskins, Gronewold and a pair of dink kills by setter Wenger to end the first set 21-15.
In the second set it was more of the same with Albia moving out to a 17-11 lead. Thiravong had three aces in the set, Beary had two and Gronewold two. The Dees handled East Union’s attack with near perfect back row play by Maia Paxton, Waber, Hoskins and Beary. Albia was up 20-13 before committing four straight errors cutting the lead to 20-17, but ended the set with a kill by Beary.
Hoskins had five kills, Gronewold and Beary three each.
Beary was 8-9 serving with two aces, Gronewold 8-10 with three aces, Wenger 4-4, Thiravong 4-5 with an ace, Waber 7-7 with two aces and Hoskins 3-6.
Beary had 11 digs, Waber 10 and Hoskins eight.
Dominant win over Chariton
The Chargers played Albia evenly in the first set, leading 13-12 and 15-13, but the Dees outscored Chariton 7-2 in the final points of the set to win 21-17. Albia got ace serves from Waber and Gronewold as well as kills by Halstead and Gronewold.
In the second set Chariton trailed 5-4 when the Dees put on a clinic of serving and attacking. They outscored the Chargers 16-6 with Wenger scoring on three aces, Gronewold and Thiravong with aces.
Gronewold had nine kills. Wenger was 11-11 serving with three aces, Gronewold 7-7 with two kills, Thiravong 5-5 with a kill, Hoskins 4-5 with two kills and Waber 7-8 with two kills. Beary had five digs and Wenger and Waber four each.