Indians, Lakers and Mustangs show off talent to local fans
On Monday, Aug. 18 in Stover the Eldon Mustangs made their debut. Eldon faced California in its first two games, splitting the pair 20-25 and 26-24. Grace Baucom registered six kills and a block, while Bailey Dunham and Rachel Leffert each had two kills. Logan Reed put together a string of five consecutive aces while serving and Paige Benjamin made 11 assists.
The Mustangs then faced the host school, dropping both games 15-25 and 23-25. Against Stover, Leffert recorded two more kills, Baucom got three solo blocks and Macey Imler registered two kills.
"We played well on the net and served strong against California. Against Stover we had a rough start with serve receive. We got ourselves in a rut and it was hard to get back out of it. Our second set was much better. We played great defense and covered our hitters and blockers well," Eldon head coach Elizabeth Clingman said.
Also on Monday night, the Osage Indians traveled to Ava to take on Bolivar, Hillcrest and the host school. Osage split with Ava and Hillcrest and lost to Bolivar.
"It was a positive night for us. We played hard and fought until the end of each game, never giving up. We learned a lot about our players and where their strengths and weaknesses are. We also learned what we need to work on in the next week to be prepared for Stover and Blair Oaks next week," Indians' head coach Amy Geurin stated.
Tuesday, Aug. 19 brought the Camdenton Lakers the opportunity to host their own jamboree with Jefferson City, Marshfield and Smith-Cotton.
Camdenton started out by splitting with Marshfield 15-11 and 10-15. Smith-Cotton then downed the Lakers 9-15, 13-15. Finally, Camdenton faced Jefferson City and came up just short in both games, the final tallies being 13-15 and 14-16. Jordan Wolfe had 12 kills on the night and Daphne Dinsdale registered 17 assists.
"I saw a lot of fight in our girls tonight. We had some girls step up that I didn't expect to and I learned that we have several girls who can play several positions. We need to work on defense and blocking to get ready for Eldon," Laker head coach Austin Walker commented.
The Versailles Tigers play their jamboree in Cole Camp tonight. Look for content on that online over the weekend and in Monday's Lake Sun.
Camdenton begins its season on Monday, Aug. 25 at home against Bolivar. The Mustangs start their games that count by visiting the Lakers on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Osage makes its regular season debut at home against Stover on that same night. Also on Tuesday, Aug. 26, Versailles serves up its regular-season opener at home against Clinton.