L-S volleyball outlasts C-M in five sets

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Sep. 17—COLFAX — Lynnville-Sully and Colfax-Mingo had completely opposite starts to their volleyball seasons. And the differences continued with the latest matches, too.

The Hawks began their season 0-5 but have since gone 5-3 to get back closer to .500. The Tigerhawks won their home tournament with a 3-0 mark to start the season but have since dropped the next three to fall to .500.

The latest loss for Colfax-Mingo came against Lynnville-Sully on Monday and the Hawks rallied from a 2-1 hole to win 25-21, 23-25, 15-25, 29-27, 15-9 during a South Iowa Cedar League matchup.

L-S led most of the way in the opening set. The Hawks forced C-M to take a timeout with a 21-18 lead and the Hawks won the set a few points later.

The Tigerhawks won a back-and-forth second set to draw even in the match and looked to take control with an easy win in the third set.

Colfax-Mingo, who played the match without senior starter Abi Rawlins due to an injury, jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set, went up 18-8 and eventually won 25-15.

The Hawks (5-9 overall, 2-1 in the SICL) grabbed momentum though in set four with a narrow victory that went overtime. They used that momentum to carry them through the final set and took the match with a relatively easy win in the final set.

The Hawks are 11-3 against Colfax-Mingo since 2011, but Colfax-Mingo (3-3, 0-1) had won two in a row in the series before Monday's loss.

Elise Alberts led the Hawks with 24 assists, 17 digs and five kills. Aubree Arthur added 15 kills and six digs, Alexy Conover chipped in five kills, 34 digs and four aces, Abby Squires contributed seven kills and 15 digs and Paige James registered seven kills, seven digs and four aces.

Jordan Spooner finished with 15 digs, Morgan Jones and Natalie Roberts each had 12 digs and Carsyn McFarland added 11 digs and three aces. Roberts served up four aces.

Both teams served 15 aces. The difference in the match might have been in serve efficiency. The Hawks were 103-of-108 in serves and C-M was just 87-of-107.

McFarland served 23-of-23 and James and Spooner both were 14-of-14.

Caylee Cunningham and Trinity Smith led the Tigerhawks with double-double performances.

Cunningham finished with 21 kills, 30 digs and two aces and Smith put down a career-best 24 kills and collected 19 digs and five aces. Madison Stackhouse dished out a career-best 46 assists and registered four digs and two aces, Charlotte Donahue added five kills, a career-high 19 digs and two aces and Joslyn Chadwick collected 16 digs and two assists.

Felicity Woods finished with three kills, two digs and three aces and Britney Keeney tallied two kills, two blocks and three digs.