VOLLEYBALL

Knights down Sergeant Bluff-Luton in triangular

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Three of the top teams in the three biggest classes in Iowa squared off on Thursday night.

For the No. 7 ranked Kuemper Catholic volleyball team they were able to hand class 4A No. 1 ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton the Warriors’ third loss of the season.

Kuemper won their match against the Warriors 2-1.

After Sergeant Bluff-Luton was able to win the first set, 25-19, Kuemper answered with a second set 25-22 victory.

That set up a match-deciding third set. Both teams pushed each other, but it was Kuemper Catholic that took the ultimate 15-12 victory.

The only other two losses for Sergeant Bluff-Luton came to Valley, West Des Moines and Western Christian.

The win over the Warriors on Thursday night was short lived.

Later on in the night the Knights would square off against the No. 9 ranked school in class 5A, Ankeny Centennial.

Like they had against Western Christian, the Knights would battle with the Jaguars through three sets.

Ankeny Centennial was able to win the first set, narrowly, 25-21.

The Knights would control the second set with a 25-18 win. That set the Jaguars would gain the serve and refuse to let go. Although Kuemper would fight their way to six points in the final set, it was the Jaguars that walked away with a 15-6 win.

Earlier in the triangular Sergeant Bluff-Luton bested Ankeny Centennial.

Leading the charge for the Knights on Thursday was Kara Peter who had 20 kills on the night. Anna Niehaus finished with eight kills. Madison Leonard finished with six kills, while Bethany Schleisman finished with five kills. Kenzie Schon finished with four kills and Sophie Badding added one kill.

Mariah Naberhaus finished with a team-leading 24 assists on the night. Ashlyn Badding added 20 assists.

Mallory Badding led the way with seven digs in the two matches. Schon finished with one dig.

The Knights served up a total of seven aces. They were led by Niehaus who had four. Another two aces were turned in by Schon. Ashlyn Badding finished with one ace.

Tomorrow night the Knights will begin their quest for a State title defense when they host Greene County.

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