On Saturday, Oct. 1 the Ava 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams competed in the Cabool Tournament. Ava 8th grade came home with a 2nd place finish, and the 7th grade with a 3rd place finish.
Ava 8th grade started the day splitting with the Lady Bulldogs of Cabool. “We started out very slow and dropped game one 9-25”, said Coach Ann Leonard, “but battled back and won game two 27-25.”
The match featured very strong serving from Hannah Stafford, serving 11/11 with 3 ace serves; Sarah Wolfenbarger 31/32 passing, 16/17 setting, and 11/13 hitting; and Miquia Heinlien with 3 ace serves, 25 passes, 9 sets, and 7 hits. Makynna Wallace was 19/19 passing.
Ava played Mtn. Grove and won both games, 25-16, 25-16. Devon Rowe was 5/5 serving and 6/6 passing; Miquia Heinlein was 10/11 serving and 12/12 hitting.
The last games of the day Ava defeated Houston both games, 25-6, 25-11.
Ava got strong serving from Sarah Wolfenbarger who was 11/12 with 8 ace serves; Miquia Heinlein, 9/9 serving with 4 aces; Makynna Wallace, 7/7 with 2 aces; and Laynie Isaacs, 5/5 serving with 2 aces. Kaylee Downs was 3/3 with 2 aces.
Ava ended the day tied for first in win-loss record with Cabool. To break the tie they went to point difference, which put Cabool in first place and Ava second.
Ava 7th grade started the day with a very close loss to Cabool, 24-26 and then fell apart to lose the second game, 25-11.
Lauren Hall was 7/8 serving with 2 aces, 16/17 passing and 2 hits; Samantha Keyes served 3/3 with one ace, and Hailey Searcy was 9/10 passing.
The second games of the day resulted in a split with Mtn. Grove, again in two close games, 26-24 and 20-25.
Ava got strong serving from Baylan Alexander who was 10/11 with 5 aces. Samantha Keyes was 18/20 passing and Lauren Hall had 5 hits.
In the final games of the day Ava defeated Houston 25-19, 25-18.
Samantha Keyes was 5/5 serving with 3 aces, and 14/14 passing; Lauren Hall was 5/6 serving 3 aces and 5/5 hitting; Madison Wade was 2/2 serving and 6/6 passing; and Taegan Snow was 6/7 serving with 3 aces.
Mtn. Grove won the 7th grade segment of the tournament, with Ava taking third place.