Warriors win Centre Invitational with 4-0 record

Janae Rempel / Free Press<p>Cassidy Enns goes for the kill against Marion?s Marissa Jacobson Tuesday. Canton-Galva won one set but lost both games to the Warriors.

The Marion volleyball team won the Centre Invita?tional Saturday with a 4-0 record.

The No. 1 seeded War?riors started the day with a sweep of Rural Vista (25-12, 25-16) and Centre (25-6, 25-14).

Advancing out of pool play, the Warriors faced Berean Academy. Marion led from start to finish in Set 1 for a 25-18 victory. The strong serving of Kirsten Hansen helped Marion to a 7-1 start in Set 2; the Warriors were never really threatened en-route to a 25-12 win.

In the championship match against Herington, the Warriors built an 11-7 lead, but the Railers scored the next seven points. Marion never could regain momentum, losing Set 1, 25-17.

The Warriors attacked the net early in Set 2, then briefly relinquished the lead, 5-4, before scoring the next four points to take the lead for good. Herington drew as close as 23-22, but Marion scored the next two points, the last one a service ace by Shelby Felvus for a 25-22 win.

Marion established an 8-2 lead in Set 3 and led by as much as 19-7. Leading 24-13, Marion allowed a 4-0 Herington run before putting the game away.

?We had a serious talk in between (Set 1 and Set 2),? coach Brea Campbell said. ?I?m like, ?You?ve got to put it down. You have to be the one to attack, not the other team. You can?t play defense the whole time.? I think that clicked, and they did their job and they got it done.?

Kirsten Hansen and Kourtney Hansen were named to the all-tournament team.

?We had to learn how to step it up, but they did a good job,? Campbell said. ?This last game, you can?t ask for a better game than that. That?s what you want your championship to be.?

Canton-Galva?Marion began its season with a pair of wins Sept. 8. The teams played twice, with the first game counting toward league standings.

?As a team, I think we came out and showed exactly what we can do,? coach Brea Campbell said. ?I love that.?

Marion won the first game, 2-0. The Eagles built a 4-1 lead but with the set tied, 6-6, Marion went on a 12-4 run and went on to claim a 25-17 victory.

With some powerful serving, the Warriors took control in Set 2. A pair of back-to-back aces by Bailey Robson gave Marion a 15-5 advantage. After the teams traded kills, Kourtney Hansen strung together eight serves, including four aces.

Shelby Felvus scored two of Marion?s final three points by kill, giving Marion the win, 25-7.

Marion won the second game, 2-1. The Warriors took the lead early in Set 1, but the Eagles later took the lead, 17-16, and never looked back. The Eagles went on to win, 25-20.

The teams battled to an 8-8 tie in Set 2 before Marion pulled ahead. Marshelle Mermis recorded a block and Felvus a kill for two of Marion?s final three points for a 25-16 win.

The Eagles built a 5-0 lead behind the strong serving of Zoe Unruh to start Set 3. Marion tied the game at 11. Fueled by Kourtney Han?sen?s serving, Marion took a 14-11 lead and went on to win, 25-14.

?It does help that we won it in two, that first game, and not three,? Campbell said. ?That was pretty big. I think they knew that going in, that it was league and they needed to get their job done and they did it.?

Coming?The Warriors (6-0)?were scheduled to host a triangular Tuesday and will host the Marion Spikefest Saturday.

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