Warriors win three, lose four

Marissa Jacobson attacks the next against Remington Tuesday. Marion won in two sets, 25-18, 25-21, and went on to defeat Ell-Saline, 25-18, 25-11. After sweeping two Heart of America schools Tuesday, the Marion volleyball team suffered a 1-4 outing at the Belle Plaine tournament Saturday.

“We just had a down day,” coach Brea Campbell said. “We started off the day strong against Medicine Lodge and fought a tough fight against Belle Plaine, but we just couldn’t keep the momentum. In volleyball, if you don’t have energy, things just start to not work like they should.”

Ell-Saline—Marion swept a pair of league schools Tuesday to remain undefeated in the Heart of America league.

The Warriors kicked off the evening with a 2-0 win over Remington.

Marion won Set 1, 25-18. After trailing briefly early, the Warriors used a 4-0 run to take an 11-7 lead and never trailed again. The Warriors built to a seven-point margin at the end, following a kill by Kourtney Hansen and a service ace by Shelby Felvus.

The Warriors won Set 2, 25-21. Remington took an 8-5 lead—their largest of the set—but a kill by Hansen was the start of a 6-1 Marion burst, and the Warriors never trailed again, despite weathering a late Bronco rally to win by four.

Marion then defeated the host school, 2-0.

The Warriors won Set 1, 25-18. Ell-Saline built a lead out of the gate, but Marion gained momentum with a 9-2 rally that pushed the Warriors in front, 14-11, and forced the Cardinals to call timeout. Ell-Saline scored three consecutive points after that to tie the game, but a kill by Marissa Jacobson stifled the Cardinal effort.

Marion gained a small margin only to see the Cardinals tie the game at 17. This time, a kill by Jessi Lewman put the Warriors in front. That was the start of a 6-0 Marion run, and the Warriors went on to win by seven.

Marion won Set 2, 25-11. The teams battled to a 9-9 tie, but it was all Marion after that, as the Warriors outscored the Cardinals, 16-2. Hansen broke the tie with a kill, and Jacobson followed that with a kill of her own. Lewman contributed two service aces during a 9-0 Warrior streak. Hansen later recorded four service aces in a row, and the set ended with back-to-back kills by Jacobson.

“(Ell-Saline’s) very scrappy and we knew that going in,” Campbell said. “When they get momentum, there’s no stopping them. We knew that we had to fight against that, too, so that was big.”

Campbell attributed the scoring onslaught in Set 2 to her team’s confidence level.

“We knew what we could do, and we knew what we had to do because we really didn’t want to go into three games,” she said.

Coming—Marion was scheduled to host a modified quad Tuesday and will compete at the Peabody-Burns quad next Tuesday with Berean Academy and Remington.

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