Warriors win Spikefest tournament with 5-0 record

Shelby Felvus attacks the net in the Spikefest tournament championship against Lyons. Marion defeated the Lions in two sets to win the tournament with a 5-0 record. The Marion volleyball team won its Spikefest tournament Saturday with a 5-0 record for the day to improve to 13-1 on the season.

To battle for the championship, Marion faced a rematch with Lyons, whom the Warriors had already defeated in pool play.

Following a 4-4 tie in Set 1, Marion outscored Lyons, 11-3 to take a 15-7 lead after a tip-kill by Bailey Baker. Lyons scored five in a row after that, but Marion maintained its lead. Hansen gave the Warriors the win with a set-ending kill, 25-19.

Hansen began Set 2 with a kill, but Lyons later took a 10-8 lead. Jacobson capped a 4-0 Marion run with a kill to put Marion in front for good, 12-10. The Warriors later distanced themselves with a 5-0 burst for a 20-14 advantage and went on to win by that same margin, 25-19, on a Jacobson kill.

To get to the championship, Marion faced Halstead in the semifinals, the runners-up from Pool B.

The Warriors trailed early in Set 1, but a kill by Jessi Lewman ignited a 5-0 Warrior rally that put them in front, 19-16. The run also included a pair of kills by Kourtney Hansen. Marion never trailed after that, although Halstead made a late rally to draw within 24-23, but Marion secured a 25-23 victory.

Marion took command from the start of Set 2. Behind the solid serving of Hansen, Marion enjoyed an 8-0 lead after a kill by Jacobson and never looked back, building a 10-1 lead after another Jacobson kill. The closest Halstead got was within five, and Marion burst to the finish with four unanswered points to win, 25-12.

In pool play, Marion faced Centre first and won, 25-8, 25-22. The Warriors then faced Berean Academy for a third time in eight days and won, 25-15, 25-16. Marion defeated Lyons, 25-18, 25-21, to win Pool A.

Jacobson and Hansen were named to the all-tournament team.

“We really picked it up the two matches that we needed to,” coach Brea Campbell said. “I think it was a little bit of a slow start for us. We couldn’t really get the momentum going, but those (final) two games they played, they came out and played exactly how they needed to. (I’m) really proud of them. They played their hearts out for those two.”

Marion Tri—The Warriors suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday, splitting games with Wichita Trinity and Berean Academy.

Marion came out strong against Wichita Trinity, winning Set 1, 25-22. But in Set 2, things began to slip out of control following a 13-13 tie. Wichita Trinity expanded its lead to 23-17 before Marion rallied, using back-to-back kills by Marissa Jacobson to draw within 23-20. But the Knights won, 25-21. In Set 3, Marion led, 11-10, but the Knights took the lead for good with a 5-0 run and won, 25-19.

“We’ve got to bring the fire,” coach Brea Campbell said. “We didn’t look like ourselves the first match. We didn’t look like Marion volleyball. We looked like we were down, for some reason, when we had beat them the first game, so there was no reason to be down.”

Campbell said she wanted to see her players be more aggressive on the attack.

“We weren’t being aggressive enough, I don’t think,” she said. “Every time (Trinity) got the ball, they’d hit it at us, and we would tip it, or we would think too much about every hit that we would go after.”

The Warriors rebounded with a 2-0 victory over Berean Academy, a team they had beaten the weekend before at Centre.

Following a 10-10 tie in Set 1, Marion outscored Berean, 12-1, to take a 22-11 lead after a block and kill by Jacobson. From there, Marion cruised to the finish, winning 25-16.

Marion established itself early in Set 2, building a double-digit, 17-7 margin after a Kourtney Hansen kill. Four of Marion’s final five points came via kill—two each by Jacobson and Shelby Felvus—and Marion secured the victory, 25-14.

“We knew exactly what to do, and the girls did it,” Campbell said. “Granted, we said that we needed to bring the fire, bring the energy and everything to the court, so that played a huge role in it, but yes, seeing them (on Saturday) and knowing what their hitters can do and who we really needed to block, is big. Our middle hitters did a great job blocking.”

Coming—Marion was to compete at Moundridge Tuesday. They will participate in the Sacred Heart quad Thursday.

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