BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DURANT – The Lady Hounds volleyball team worked a split in a four-match Durant Tournament on Saturday.
The Hounds dumped Davenport West 21-13, 21-10 but then lost to Grinnell 14-21, 18-21 before losing a tie breaker to 11th-ranked Class 2A Durant, losing the first set 14-21 and then winning the second set 21-19 before losing the tiebreaker 12-15.
The Hounds continued to struggle in the first set with their final game against Maquoketa, falling 7-21 to open the match. But then rebounded with a 21-12 win in the second set, before running away with the 15-6 tiebreaker win to get the match.
“We started slowly against Maquoketa, who we played after the tough loss to Durant. Jassmine (Bass) and Kaeli (Hutson) got us going in the second game along with tough serving,” Head Coach Kent Bailey said.
The Hounds featured four hitters with double digits in kills for the day, led by senior Jillian Wiseman with 19 kills and three blocks at the net. She went 38-47 attacking.
Sophomore Lauren Bailey led the Hounds serving going 38-40 on the day with seven aces and she had 63 of Fort Madison’s 76 team assists on the day. Senior Josie Pumphrey was 36-40 serving with 10 aces and led the Hounds in the back court with 48 digs.
Senior Hutson had 36 digs and was 30-36 hitting with 16 kills and a couple of assists. Jenna Jones was 17-17 serving with a couple of aces. Bass was 34-43 hitting with 10 kills.
“We played up and down throughout the day. The teams in the tournament were pretty evenly matched and it was a matter of which team would limit their mistakes,” Bailey said.
“Durant was the tallest team their and our girls played their best defense of the day against them. Durant went 4-0 and lost their only set to us.
The junior varsity Lady Hounds swept the Mediapolis jayvee tourney on Saturday going undefeated in a 5-team round robin format.