BY PCC STAFF
URBANDALE – The Holy Trinity Catholic girls volleyball team went into heavy waters Saturday at the Class 5A dominated Urbandale Invite and came away with a four-match split.
The No. 3 Class 1A ranked Crusaders were 22-0 going into the annual trip to central Iowa and drew a tough pool in the tournament.
Holy Trinity was placed in Pool B which included Centennial, Waukee and Southeast Polk, all rated top 15 teams in Class 5A. The other squad in the pool was Des Moines Abraham Lincoln, which is also Class 5A, but unranked.
The Crusaders took to the court at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with a match against Lincoln and quickly moved past the Lady Railsplitters 21-7, 21-2, but then turned right around and played Waukee who downed HTC 21-13, 21-12 for the Crusaders first dropped sets all year.
After those two matches the Crusaders didn’t get a break heading straight up against Centennial, arguably the second best team in all of Iowa and the Jaguars showed their teeth with a 21-4, 21-10 win over Holy Trinity.
Centennial would eventually lose to No. 3-ranked West Des Moines Valley in the finals bracket at the tourney, in a three-set affair with Valley winning the tiebreaker 15-10.
For HTC on the day, Emily Box led at the net with 21 kills on 40-43 attacking and had one of her better defensive days with seven solo blocks. Eryn Anderson was 21-27 attacking with 12 kills and Taylor Boeding had 11 kills. Avery Hopper had four blocks on the day.
Bailey Hellweg led the Crusaders serving going 28-29 with two aces. Boeding had five aces and Anderson had four. Mya Lawlor was 25-26 serving with three aces.
Hellweg also had 32 assists helping fill in for freshman Kassi Randolph who had 12 assists after returning from an elbow and shoulder injury last week.
Elyse Pothitakis had 29 digs to keep the ball in play for HTC.
The Crusaders play host to West Burlington on Tuesday night at Shottenkirk Gymnasium with freshman, junior varsity and varsity matchups beginning at 5:30 with the freshman.