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Knights go undefeated at Hampton-Dumont tournament

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A staple in the late season schedule for Kuemper Catholic’s volleyball team has been the Hampton-Dumont tournament. This year the Knights went undefeated at the weekend tournament.

Over the weekend the Knights were in action against six other schools, as they won all of their matches to take the top overall spot in the Hampton-Dumont tournament.

One of the closest matches of the weekend came against Janesville in the championship. Janesville is a top team in class 1A traditionally, but Kuemper proved to be too much besting them 2-1.

Both teams split the first two sets evenly. Kuemper won the first 25-20, but Janesville answered with their own 25-20 win in set two.

In the third set both teams tried to race their way to quick points, but it was the Knights who were able to come out on top 15-8.

In the semifinals Kuemper Catholic had downed Iowa Falls-Alden in a pair of close sets. The Knights were able to win the first 25-22, and then squeaked out a 25-23 victory in the second set to advance to the finals. In pool play the Knights had a scare when they took on Hampton-Dumont. Although the Knights won 2-1, it was Hampton-Dumont that won the first set 21-13. Kuemper responded by winning the second set 21-8, and finishing off the match with a 15-8 victory in the third set.

The Knights were tested by Independence in a 2-0 win. After a relatively simple 21-14 win in the first set, the Knights had to win the second set in extra points, getting a 22-20 win.

Against Grand View Christian the Knights won back-to-back 21-11 sets to win that match.

In a match against St. Edmond the Knights won their first set 21-10. St. Edmond tried to get the advantage in the second set, but Kuemper held onto a 21-17 victory.

The Saturday tournament was a huge boost for Kara Peter who led the team with 72 kills. Anna Niehaus added another 40 kills. Madison Leonard finished with 22 kills.

Bethany Schleisman had 17 kills in the tournament, while Kenzie Schon added 12. Sophie Badding finished with seven kills. Kamryn Venner, Kenya Prescott and Mallory Badding all had one kill each.

Sophie Badding led the way with 12 blocks. Another 10 were turned in by Madison Leonard. Peter finished with nine. Schleisman had four and Anna Niehaus finished with two.

A total of 81 assists were turned in by Mariah Naberhaus to lead the way. Ashlyn Badding added 58. Mallory Badding passed the ball 17 times for an assist.

Peter and Avarie Pedelty both had two assists each. An assist was also recorded by Schleisman, Prescott and Schon.

With 84 digs Mallory Badding was a leader on her team. Peter had 39 digs and Naberhaus added 36. A total of 28 digs were turned in by Anna Niehaus. Ashlyn Badding finished with 19. Prescott added 17 and Schon finished with 12.

Schleisman had six digs in the tournament. Both Pedelty and Leonard finished with four each. Sophie Badding and Halle Simons had one dig a piece.

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