Camdenton takes fourth in Lake Volley Fest

Camdenton hosted its annual Lake Volley Fest on Saturday where the Lakers finished 2-2 and took fourth overall when all the games were scored and completed.

The Lakers opened the day with a two-set win over Battle by final scores of 25-17 and 25-12. Junior Natalie Basham led the attack with eight kills and two aces, sophomore Megan Vest added six kills and senior Abbie Miller finished with 19 assists. Defensively, senior Grace Wormek and Miller had 10 digs each and senior Kylie Meier recorded seven.

Up next was a battle with Southern Boone and the Lakers dispatched the Eagles in two sets by final scores of 25-18 and 25-19. Basham and Meier led the charge with nine kills and six kills respectively, Wormek put up two aces and Miller finished with 16 assists. Meanwhile, Wormek kept the Lakers ahead with 17 digs while Meier added nine and Miller put up seven.

Camdenton faced a Kearney team in the semifinals, that would go on to win the tournament, and the Lakers fell in two sets 25-22 and 25-15. Basham recorded five kills while four other players finished with two as Miller put up seven assists. Senior Sara McDuffey and Meier also put up some quick points with two aces each. In the defensive department, Meier put up 11 digs and Miller finished with nine.

The semifinals saw Camdenton take on another Kansas City area team in Staley where the Lakers fell in a three-set battle. Camdenton claimed the first set 25-22, but the Falcons came back with a 26-24 win in set two and a 25-20 win the final set. Basham was relentless once again with 15 kills while senior Madison VanderPloeg added nine and McDuffey recorded seven. McDuffey and Meier had two aces each and Miller put up 24 assists to help fuel the Laker attack as well. On the defensive end, Wormek led the charge with 14 digs while Meier finished with 13 and Miller put up 10.

Camdenton (7-11-1) was scheduled to visit Jefferson City Tuesday night and the Lakers will host Hillcrest for an Ozark Conference battle on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Versailles earns fifth at Smith-Cotton Tournament

The Tigers of Versailles traveled up to Sedalia Smith-Cotton on Saturday for tournament action. After a rough start in pool play, the Tigers fought their way back to win the consolation finals.

In pool play, Versailles fell to the host school by final scores of 25-17 and 25-19, dropped two games to Warsaw 25-22 and lost to Kirksville 30-28 and 25-19.

Then, the comeback began with a three-set battle over Higginsville where the Tigers dropped the first set 25-20 and came storming back with a 25-13 and 25-20 win over the final two sets. Versailles went up against Kirksville in the consolation finals in yet another three-set game that saw the Tigers lose game one 25-18 and fight back with a 25-18 win in set two and a 25-20 win to close it out.

Versailles may not have finished where it would have liked to, but the day did not end without a little triumph as senior Brianna Hendrix made the All-Tournament team.

By the time the day ended, Hendrix led the kill department with 38 while senior Brooke Edgar added 24 and junior Taralee Edgar put up 10. Taralee also finished with 66 assists to fuel the Tiger offense while Brooke recorded 12 aces and Hendrix had eight.

On the defensive side, Hendrix had three blocks while sophomore Kylie Viebrock and freshman Isabella Edgar added two each. Senior Hope Heimsoth also kept Versailles fighting with 30 digs, sophomore Gracie Hamrick added 27 and both Taralee and Hendrix recorded 24.

Versailles (9-9-2) was scheduled to host Boonville on Tuesday night before the Tigers visit California on September 26. First serve is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.