South Tama 2-2 at home tourney

Gracie Vest fires a shot across the net at Perry’s Kathryn West during South Tama’s 2-0 victory over the Jayettes during their home tournament on Sept. 25. South Tama also took a win over BGM by the same score before losing to Waterloo East and Lisbon. Vest was the team leader in scoring and digs Saturday. -- Photo by Darvin Graham

South Tama hosted a home tournament on Sept. 25 that included teams from BGM, Belle Plaine, East Marshall, Grinnell, Lisbon, Perry and Waterloo East.

STC ended the day with two wins and two losses.

The wins came against BGM and Perry with the Trojans blowing past both teams in straight sets, none of which were close.

Through four matches Saturday, the Trojans were led by senior hitter Gracie Vest who put down 27 kills for the STC offense.

Kortney Babinat totaled 15 kills and four aces across three matches, as she was absent from the lineup in STC’s match against Waterloo East.

Freshman Kayleah Laughlin extends in the air for a shot during STC’s home volleyball tournament on Sept. 25. Laughlin is third on the team in kills this season with 81 and leads South Tama with 30 blocks. -- Photo by Darvin Graham

Middle hitter Kayleah Laughlin continued what has been a promising freshman campaign with 15 kills, four blocks and four aces during the tournament Saturday.

On the defensive end the Trojans got a solid performance from Vest who had a team-high 23 digs to go along with five blocks.

Libero Cassandra Klostermann patrolled the back court, ending with 16 digs, while hitter Ashlynn Kriegel chipped in five blocks and 10 digs.

Against Waterloo East, South Tama came out early winning set one 21-12 but dropped set two 21-17 and couldn’t withstand the Waterloo East momentum, losing the tie-breaker set 15-12.

The Trojans also played Lisbon close in the opening set, but the Lions kept the upper hand, winning 21-17.

South Tama sophomore Gloria Mullen goes on the attack against Perry’s Callie Steve at the Roundhouse in Tama last Saturday. South Tama captured a 2-0 win over Perry during the weekend tournament. -- Photo by Darvin Graham

Set two was a lopsided affair with Lisbon prevailing by a score of 21-11.

South Tama faced Independence Tuesday and will stay on the road through the next week as they travel to Charles City Saturday for a tournament and to Vinton-Shellsburg for their regular season finale on Tuesday.

The WaMaC conference tournament will kick off the postseason for STC on Oct. 11 with pool play at Center Point-Urbana.

South Tama varsity players look to the officials for a ruling on a play during the Trojans match against Perry on Sept. 25. Pictured are Kortney Babinat (18), Ashlynn Kriegel (20) and Macy Welsh (8). -- Photo by Darvin Graham