The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 23, 2012

El Dorado Springs tops College Heights in district volleyball final

From staff reports

STOCKTON, Mo. — Favored El Dorado Springs won the third set 25-15 in besting the second-seeded College Heights Christian volleyball team, for the championship of the Class 2 District 12 Tournament Tuesday night.

El Dorado Springs won the first set 25-20 before the Cougars evened it by claiming a 25-17 decision.

Said CHC coach Mary Colin of the title match: “We battled.  They (the Bulldogs) were real aggressive on offense in that third set. There were several long rallies by both teams and each served aggressively.

“We were keeping the ball alive, but we weren’t passing perfectly enough to run a balanced set,” Colin said. “They were able to dig up some of our shots.”

In semifinals, CHC swept No. 3 Diamond 25-19, 25-22 and the champion Bulldogs hurdled fourth-seeded Stockton 26-24, 25-14.

CHC, against El Dorado Springs, received 14 digs and 12 kills from Jade Thompson. Athen Taylor had 37 assists and Hannah Fuller had six serving points.

CHC, against Diamond, had 31 assists from Taylor, 11 digs and seven points from Thompson, eight kills from Kayte Peters, 11 digs from Kirsty Green, and seven points from Raven Paige.

The Cougars finished 20-9-4 overall and shared the Spring River Valley Conference title with Lockwood at 8-1.


Fair Grove 5, Thomas Jefferson 2

The visiting Eagles, sparked by Preston Padgett’s two goals, outscored the Cavaliers 4-1 in the second half.

Padgett finished with a hat trick. Jaden Happel and Evan Harris also had goals for Fair Grove.

Alex Renfro had both goals for Thomas Jefferson.

The Cavaliers finish their regular season by entertaining Webb City at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Monett 1, Carl Junction 0

MONETT, Mo. — The Cubs, avenging two earlier losses this season, won it on Luiz Gonzalez’ unassisted goal with five minutes left.

“We played well,” Carl Junction coach Kevin Hauck said. “We had opportunities, too, but it was Senior Night and Monett came out fired up.”

Carl Junction statistics had the goalies — the Bulldogs’ Josiah Dinwiddie and the Cubs’ Evan Cen Keves — with seven saves apiece.

Carl Junction (13-7) is seeded third in its four-team Class 2 District 12 Tournament.

Matches Tuesday are Carthage (1) vs. Webb City at 6 p.m. and Neosho (2) vs. Carl Junction at 7:30. The title will be settled at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1.