Hawks win four of five at Tiger Invitational

Woodward-Granger's Julie Pitman follows the flight of her kill against Norwalk in the ADM Invitational Thursday.

ADEL — Woodward-Granger’s volleyball team finished 4-1 at Thursday’s Tiger Invitational, with host ADM the only team to spoil a run at a perfect mark by the Hawks.

“We can play better than that,” W-G head coach Meg Jackson said of her team’s 21-13, 21-17 loss to the Tigers. “We knew we didn’t play well, and were able to keep our confidence up and win the last three.”

Tourney play began for W-G (8-4) with a business-like 21-11, 21-14 win over Perry before ADM turned the tables on their intra-county neighbors.

Woodward-Granger’s Ashley Gales hammers the ball as Perry’s Mackenzie Ayers (12) and Adriana Eastman (6) defend the court. Alyssa Bice (11) Emma Drake (rear) and Ashlyn Soelberg (right) watch the attack for the Hawks.

W-G bounced back with a 21-19, 21-16 win over Norwalk and a 22-20, 15-21, 15-12 victory against Norwalk. A 21-13, 21-16 win over Knoxville capped the invite.

Ashley Gales led W-G with 24 kills, with Julie Pitman adding 23. Alissa Smeltzer had 17 combined kills, Alyssa Bice 15 and Anna Tague 11 while Kaycee Major added one kill. Pitman had eight blocks at the net and Gales and Emma Drake four each, with Smeltzer tallying three blocks and Bice two.

Bice had 55 assists and Drake 28, with Ashley Soelberg adding four assists, Tague two and Pitman and Marissa Pasker one each. Libero player Soelberg amassed 45 digs, with Major making 25, Drake 19, Bice 17 and Pasker 15. Tague provided nine digs and both Pitman and Smeltzer five each while Katelyn Bandstra contributed three digs.

Soelberg sparkled behind the serving line, posting an impressive 45-of-46 effort that included eight aces. Tague was sharp as well, finishing 28-of-28 with six aces while Drake was 36-39-9, Pitman 35-41-11 and Bice 21-24-3. Bandstra aided the team with a 15-16-2 effort with Smeltzer finishing 6-7-3.

W-G will visit Earlham Tuesday, then make their annual trek east to compete in the always-tough North Scott Invitational September 9.




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