Marion secures HOA league title

Samantha Richmond sets the ball during Set 1 against Sterling Tuesday. Having already defeated Moundridge earlier in the night, Marion defeated the Black Bears in two sets to clinch the regular-season Heart of America league title with a 9-0 record.The Marion volleyball team secured its second-consecutive undefeated, 9-0 Heart of America league title with a sweep of Moundridge and Sterling Tuesday on senior night.

Coach Brea Campbell started the first set of each match with her seniors in the rotation.

The Warriors kicked off the evening by defeating Moundridge in two sets, 25-18, 25-15.

“We knew that Moundridge could play,” Campbell said. “Even though their record doesn’t show it, they can still play with big teams, and so we knew that they would be a challenge. We knew that we were going to have to play really hard against them. And they did.

“Everything was great tonight. Everything worked. Everything clicked. We had great energy, (and) our defense was awesome.”

Marion then faced Sterling and earned a 2-0 victory.

The Warriors won Set 1, 25-16, boosted by an 14-1 run that turned a 6-5 deficit into a 19-7 lead following back to back service aces by Madison Miller. Marion won the set with a kill by Kourtney Hansen.

Marion dominated Set 2 with a 25-5 victory. All five of Sterling’s points came via Marion error. The Warriors built a 12-1 lead following a block by Marissa Jacobson and kills by Shelby Felvus and Falon Crawford. With Sterling on its heels and out of sync, Marion cruised to the victory.

Campbell credited her team’s defense for helping securing the dominating win.

“We have one of the best defenses in the league,” she said. “That’s something you can’t really deny, obviously.”

Coming—Marion was scheduled to play at Peabody-Burns Tuesday.

By winning the regular-season league title, Marion has secured the No. 1 seed for the Heart of America league tournament the Warriors will host Saturday.

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