BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WASHINGTON – The Lady Bloodhound volleyball team secured a share of the Southeast Conference title Tuesday night with a three-set sweep of the Washington Demons on the road.
The Hounds move to 18-10 overall and 7-1 in the conference with their only loss to Fairfield, giving the two a tie for the loop’s best team.
Sophomore Lauren Bailey was a perfect 14-14 from the service line with an ace, eight digs and 34 assists to lead the Hounds to a 25-11, 25-11, 25-13 win.
Senior Josie Pumphrey was 11-11 at the line with six aces and had 11 digs to keep the ball in play from the back row.
Junior Jillian Wiseman and senior Jassmine Bass paced Fort Madison at the net going a combined 30-32 in attacks with 22 kills. Bass had three blocks at the net and Wiseman had two.
Senior Kaeli Hutson was 17-18 hitting with eight kills and went 6-6 serving with nine digs. Gracie Pumphrey was also 14-14 serving with an ace and five digs.
“Our kids played well and with focus last night. It’s a good night when you only miss one serve and it’s in the 23rd point of game 3. Josie, Kaeli, Olivia, and Gracie led our defense in the back row not letting many balls hit the floor,” ” said FMHS Head Coach Kent Bailey. “Lauren was able to take passes in system and feed the ball to our hitters who had a good night. This should give us some confidence going into tomorrow night at the Mediapolis Quadrangular.”
Fort Madison will start at Mediapolis with the hosts at 5 p.m. and then will take on Holy Trinity for the first time this year and then Eddyville.
The junior varsity finished second the conference with a 6-2 mark winning 22-25, 25-13, 15-9 and the freshman team went unbeaten with a 8-0 conference mark winning Tuesday night 25-16, 25-13.