Rebels net third

Published 5:25 pm Monday, September 15, 2008

Southland got some big time serving as it took third place in its own invite by beating Alden/Conger 25-15, 25-18 in the final round in Adams Saturday.

The Rebels (6-6-3 overall) got a huge lift from Katie Barthel in a 25-18, 25-5 win over Medford in pool play.

Barthel, who finished with 17 kills, 43 assists, 18 aces, and 28 digs, served 20 straight points in the second game of that match, including seven aces.

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The Rebels also beat Blooming Prairie, which took second overall, 25-18, 25-18, while tying with Lyle/Pacelli 20-25, 25-16, Plainview/Elgin/Millville 27-29, 27-25, and A/C 27-25, 21-25 in pool play.

Southland’s only loss came to Mabel/Canton by scores of 10-25, 8-25. M/C won the seven-team tournament and did not lose a match all day.

“I thought we played good. We started off a little slow against L/P, but we played great all day,” Southland head coach Angie Smith said. “Mabel/Canton’s a great team.”

Chelsey Smith had 41 kills, 37 digs, and five ace blocks for Southland; Hilary Johnson had 13 kills; three ace blocks, and 34 digs; Jenna Juenger had 21 kills and 14 digs; Amber O’Connell had 16 kills and 50 digs,

Emily Howton had 48 assists, 14 digs, and seven kills, and Whitney Yunker had 32 digs.

Lyle/Pacelli took fifth in the tournament by beating Plainview/Elgin/Millville 25-18, 24-26, 15-12 in its last match of the day.

“It was nice to win our last match,” L/P head coach Carl Ellis said. “We needed that after a long day. The girls played really well at times.

In pool play, the Athletics (3-10-2 overall) beat Medford 25-20, 25-21, tied with P/E/M 15-25, 26-24, and Southland 25-20, 10-25, while losing to Blooming Prairie 12-25, 20-25, Alden/Conger 24-26, 14-25 and Mabel/Canton 5-25, 17-25.

Blooming Prairie beat Lyle Pacelli 25-12, 25-20; lost to Southland 18-25, 18-25; lost to Mabel/Canton 21-25, 19-25; beat Alden-Conger, 25-13, 25-19; beat Medford 25-16, 25-10; beat Plainview/Elgin/Millville 25-13, 25-18; lost in the championship match against Mabel/Canton 19-25, 19-25. Kassie Lueth led the team in kills with 43; Resha Koster had 80 set assists, while Marie Morem had 29 digs.