Crusaders, Hounds open play at Bondurant tourney


FORT MADISON – Fort Madison High School first-year coach Kelly Knustrom and Holy Trinity Coach Melissa Freesmeier took their respective squads to the annual Skip Anderson Tournament at Bondurant-Farrar over the weekend.

Despite going 1-5 in the season opener, the Bloodhounds got solid performances from some girls seeing their first varsity action.

Fort Madison went 1-5 on the day recording a win over Woodward Granger in two sets. The losses came in straight sets to Class 4A No. 11 Bondurant-Farrar, Pella-Christian, Boone, and Class 5A No. 14 Des Moines Roosevelt. The Hounds lost in a tie breaker to Gilbert.

Eve Ruble and Anna Lynk combined for 25 kills and couple blocks during the tournament. Madison Pirri led the Hounds defensively with 40 digs. Taylor Johnson had 10 blocks on the weekend and Molly Knipe led from the setters spot with 39 assists.

The Hounds open play Tuesday night at Keokuk.

Holy Trinity Catholic (No. 9 Class 1A) went 4-2 at the weekend tourney and got a good look at some heavy hitters around the state.

The Crusaders opened with a win over Boone (21-3, 21-11) and then were knocked off by Class 4A No. 2 Waverly-Shellrock 9-21, 14-21.

In the third round of play, HTC got by Williamsburg in two sets needing a couple extra points in the first set to win 23-21 and then won 21-17 to get the match.

Class 4A No. 9 Pella was up next and gave the Lady Crusaders their only other loss on the weekend 12-21, 18-21.

HTC won the final two matches with a 21-9, 22-20 win over Carroll, and a 21-10, 21-15 win over Gilbert.

Sophomore Natalie Randolph led the Crusaders offensively with 23 kills on 67 attacks. She also has 25 digs and 4 blocks. Senior Kassi Randolph and Mary Kate Bendlage each had 16 kills. Kassi Randolph helped out with 36 assists and had 27 digs covering a lot of the court for the Crusaders.

Brooke Mueller coming off an injured thumb she suffered during the final weeks of softball, had 10 kills on 48 attempts and was 35 of 38 serving with three aces. Anna Sobczak led the Crusaders defensively with 45 digs from her libero spot.

The Crusaders open the home season Thursday against Danville at Shottenkirk Gym

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