Lady Hounds shake off rough start to down Keokuk

Fort Madison's Leigh Johnson and Jillian Wiseman block a kill by Michenna Davis during Thursday's win over Keokuk. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Bloodhounds took about half a set to get things going in the right direction Thursday night in girls high school volleyball action.

The Hounds have played seven matches in four days, but settled in for a 25-14, 25-4, 25-18 win over visiting Keokuk.

The first set had the Hounds tied with the Chiefs at 14 after going back and forth on points for about five points, but then Amber Dilsaver went on a 10-0 run from the service line and put the game away.

“Our servers did a nice job by taking Keokuk out of system and getting 19 aces.  Leigh (Johnson) and Amber got in rhythm and our offense got going,” said head coach Kent Bailey.

Dilsaver finished 16-of-17 serving on the night with six aces to lead the Hounds. Leigh Johnson was the assist leader again for Fort Madison with 31 in the three sets. Josie Pumphrey had 13 digs for FMHS and went 14-of-17 serving with five aces. Kamryn Bailey had 10 digs and served 9-of-10 with two aces. Dilsaver had 17 kills on the night, Courtney Woodley had six kills,  and McKenna Fehseke had five to lead the ladies at the net.

“It took a game to get our legs underneath us tonight,” Bailey said. “We’ve had a good week of volleyball, but have some kids nursing some soreness and illness.  It’s nice to know we can go out and win games when we aren’t at our best.  Give Keokuk credit for digging up a number of tough hits tonight.”
The Hounds are now 16-4 overall and are still unbeaten in the Southeast Conference at 6-0. They will play host again on Tuesday night to Iowa City Liberty.
Jassmine Bass guards the net on a shot by Miracle Ailes (1) of Keokuk. The Hounds dropped the Chiefs 25-14, 25-4, 25-18 Thursday night to stay perfect in Southeast Conference play. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC.
Senior Leigh Johnson sends one of her 33 sets on the night into the air for Amber Dilsaver (14) to spike for the Hounds Thursday night. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC.

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