Mustangs capture second straight championship, Versailles falls in elimination round

History repeated itself on Saturday in Fulton as Eldon captured the Fulton Tournament title for the second year in a row.

The Mustangs topped Fulton (25-20, 26-24), Bowling Green (25-21, 25-15), Owensville (25-13, 26-24), Savannah (25-21, 25-15), Owensville again (25-19, 25-11). Eldon took California to three sets in the finals losing 25-17 in the first set, but coming back strong with a 25-16 win and 25-23 win to close it out.

Grace Baucom was named All-Tournament MVP while Dakota Graham was also named to 1st Team All-Tournament.

Baucom was all over the court as she paced Eldon with 42 kills, 30 digs and five blocks while also putting up six aces and 21 assists. Meanwhile, Graham added 22 kills, seven aces, 29 digs and four blocks. Leah Stichler finished with a team-leading 55 assists, Addie Davis led the serve with 10 aces and five Mustangs finished with 23 or more digs.

Versailles finished second in pool play with wins over Savannah (27-25, 25-15) and Kirksville (25-15, 27-25) and a loss to California (26-24, 25-21). The Tigers faced Owensville in the first round of elimination play and lost by final scores of 25-9 and 25-19. 

Bri Hendrix led in kills with 15 for the day while Brooke Edgar had 13 kills and added 10 aces. Joy Bias led in digs with 26 for the day, Brooke had 18 and Taralee Edgar had 15 respectively. Brooke and Taralee also led in the assist department, tallying 21 each. Carrie Hoffa was also a force at the net with five blocks.

"We are still struggling with consistency on the court and mental toughness," Versailles coach Jessica Ollison said. "We put together some really great rallies in games during pool play that did not translate to the tournament. It was just one of those games where nothing went right for us and everything did for them."

Taralee and Hendrix earned All-Tournament honors.

Eldon (9-2-1) hosted Boonville on Monday and the Mustangs will visit Versailles (7-4) on Thursday for a conference clash at 6 p.m.