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VOLLEYBALL

Carroll pounces on ADM to cap off Raccoon River schedule

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Carroll High senior, Kenzie Honold (front) prepares to hit a ball during a serve return as teammate Josie Ayala (4) watches on during a September 19 tournament played at Carroll High. 

For now on the Tigers are looking to the north.

Tuesday night Carroll High completed their Raccoon River Conference schedule with a 3-0 sweep over ADM.  The three set win over ADM marked the end of the regular season for Carroll. 

The only teams left on Carroll’s schedule are technically question marks, but a visit from some lions and a trip into lands inhabited by warriors are expected later this year. 

Tuesday night’s match against ADM featured Carroll coming out on top by mostly wide margins in all three sets. 

In the first set Carroll and ADM battled each other to get a feel for how the night would go. Carroll managed to gain an early lead, which they never lost, eventually winning the set 25-16. 

From there Carroll would have to fight off deceptive charges from ADM throughout the rest of the match. 

In the second set Carroll was able to hold off a late charge by ADM to gain a 25-17 win and go up 2-0 in the best-of-five match. 

Throughout the third set ADM never quite went away and Carroll was able to scratch out a narrow 25-18 victory to complete the sweep. 

Sweeps have been common for the Tigers through most of the Raccoon River schedule. 

Earlier this year Carroll swept conference foes Perry and Winterset in 3-0 victories, in back-to-back matches. 

The Tigers also swept Boone in a road trip in early October. They then completed their Raccoon River Conference schedule with back-to-back sweeps. First was a sweep over Carlisle on Oct. 6 Then came Tuesday’s win over ADM. 

Throughout the conference season Carroll fell just twice on conference play, first to eventual RRC champion, Gilbert. Ballard also bested the Tigers. 

Carroll finished second, tied with Bondurant-Farrar, a team Carroll bested in five sets, in the conference standings. 

Carroll will focus on the postseason regional tournament. The No. 15 ranked Tigers have a first round bye, but will host the winner of Denison-Schleswig and Storm Lake in the regional semifinal. 

If Carroll survives to the regional final match they would likely play No. 2 ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton. 

Carroll was led by Laura Sweeney who had 32 assists in the win on Tuesday. Hannah Jorgensen added three assists. Ella Collison added two. Josie Ayala and Kenzie Honold both had one. 

Ayala led the Tigers with 18 kills. Colliosn added 12. Collison also had 12 digs. Honold added 11.

Sweeney had two aces while Ayala, Collison and Kennedy Lein all had one.

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