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Freshman volleyball squad hovering above .500 this fall

September 25, 2012
By Jimmy Gillispie - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama's freshman volleyball team still holds a winning record after a tough loss last week at West Marshall.

The Trojans fell to 11-9 on the season after the three-set loss on Sept. 18. They won the first set 21-17, but lost the second set 21-13. In the deciding third set, West Marshall won 15-8.

STC started its season with a rough outing at the Dike-New Hartford Tournament, before earning a few wins at home during single matches. Most recently, the Trojans had success at their own tournament.

On Sept. 15, South Tama hosted an invitational and finished second out of eight teams. In pool play, STC beat Union (21-11, 23-21), Grinnell (21-19, 21-19) and Williamsburg (21-12, 11-21, 15-9), advancing to the championship bracket.

South Tama won its opening set of the semifinals with ease as it cruised past Hudson 21-11. The second set was closer, but STC won 21-18, earning a spot in the championship against East Marshall. In the title match, STC won the first set 21-14. The second set went to extra points and East Marshall won 24-22. In the final set, it was a nail-biter, but the Mustangs pulled it out 15-13. STC finished second in the tournament.

"We've had a great season so far," coach Melinda McDowell sad. "We've improved a lot over the last few weeks, and I hope to continue that improvement throughout the rest of the season."

In the Marshalltown tournament, STC finished 2-3. The Trojans beat Charles City in three sets and Marshalltown (blue team) in two sets. They lost to Marshalltown (red team), Waverly-Shell Rock and Iowa Falls-Alden.

The Trojans began the year at the Dike-New Hartford tournament, where they went 0-4. They lost to Dike-New Hartford, Union, Humboldt and Janesville.

In single matches, the Trojans were 5-0 before losing to West Marshall. In fact, they had only lost one set all season. They beat Grinnell (25-18, 25-9), Union (25-14, 25-19), Gladbrook-Reinbeck (25-20, 25-15), AGWSR (25-19, 22-25, 15-10) and South Hardin (25-11, 25-10).

South Tama will next play at North Tama on Monday in a freshman-only match. It will start at 6:30 p.m.



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