Marion Volleyball places 4th at Spikefest Tournament

Lily Lundy attacks the net during Set 2 with Lyons Saturday. Marion won the match in three sets and went on to finish fourth in the tournament. Janae Rempel/Special to the Free PressThe Marion volleyball team claimed fourth place in its Spikefest tournament Saturday with a 2-3 record on the day.

Marion went 2-1 in pool play, earning victories over Lyons (22-25, 25-20, 25-15) and the Wichita Defenders (25-13, 26-24) before losing to eventual tournament champion Douglass (25-10, 25-15).

“After the first set against Lyons, we played well in our pool play,” coach Kris Burkholder said. “We got off to a slow start against Lyons, but once we settled down, we were able to play our game.”

As the runners up in Pool A, Marion faced Halstead, the winner of Pool B, in the semifinals and lost, 25-9, 25-6. Halstead finished second in the tournament.

The Warriors played Eureka in the third-place match and lost in two sets, 25-22, 25-23.

“Douglass and Halstead (are) both very good teams, and we did not play with confidence against these two teams and it showed,” Burkholder said. “We came back and played with more confidence and were aggressive against Eureka, but we fell short.”

Burkholder praised her team for finishing the day on a more positive note.

“I was super proud of how we came back and played Eureka after losing to Douglass and Halstead,” she said. “Our team did a good job of gaining our composure and fighting back.”

Berean Academy—In a best of five match, Marion swept Berean Academy in three sets Tuesday, 25-11, 25-17, 25-11.

Tori Shults led the attack with eight kills. She had one solo block. Meanwhile, Chloe Burkholder had three service aces and 20 assists. Jayden May had 14 digs.

Coming—Marion (0-2, 9-10) was scheduled to resume Heart of America league play at Bennington Tuesday and will host a quad Thursday at 5 p.m.

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