BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
KEOKUK – It took some doing, but the Fort Madison Lady Bloodhounds overcame an emotional night for Keokuk volleyball and swept the Chiefs in three games Thursday on the road.
The Chiefs were honoring head coach Randy Loges, who is battling colon cancer with a blue out at the Keokuk Gym.
The Hounds won 25-23, 25-16, 25-15, but head coach Kent Bailey said the team still needs improvement getting together.
“We played well enough to win tonight, but still working on getting in sync,” he said. “Our kids served well and dug the ball well. We need to start terminating on our first swings and create some more excitement within our team.”
Senior Kaeli Hutson led the Hounds out of a two-match slide going 20 for 20 from the service line with 2 aces, had a team-high 13 digs and a team-high 22-26 attacking with nine kills, also a team high.
Senior Josie Pumphrey was 16 of 16 serving with three aces to lead Fort Madison serving. The Lady Hounds only missed on three service attempts all night.
Sophomore Lauren Bailey had 31 of the Hounds 35 sets in the match. Senior Jassmine Bass had nine kills and junior Jillian Wiseman was 17-24 attacking with seven kills. Olivia Williams had five kills.
Give Keokuk credit tonight,” Bailey said. “They did a nice job of digging up our hits.”
The junior varsity squad won 25-16, 25-22 and the freshman team won 25-5, 25-10. The Hounds move to 15-8 overall and 6-1 in the conference and travel to Durant for a tournament on Saturday.