CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Joplin, seeded fourth, hurdled Webb City 25-11, 25-21 on Monday night to open play in the Class 4 District 12 Tournament.
Second-seeded Nixa and No. 3 Carthage swept McDonald County and Neosho, respectively, in two sets.
Joplin (24-11-2) challenges No. 1 Republic at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the first semifinal. Nixa and Carthage clash at 6:30 with the title match to follow at 8.
Said Joplin coach Staci Saunders: “We opened with a strong set (leading 9-0). Webb City came back and played better in the second set. They played good defense.
“I thought overall we did a nice job of hitting the ball,” Saunders said. “Our defense also did a nice job.”
Erin Lawellin had 11 service points, 19 assists and three digs for the Eagles. Olivia Hampton added eight points and seven kills and Leah Rader had eight kills and a block.
Class 3 at Clinton
CLINTON, Mo. —Second-seeded Carl Junction beat No. 3 Nevada 25-14, 25-20 to reach the championship match.
The Bulldogs (23-5-6), who beat Nevada in three sets earlier this season, will face favored Pleasant Hill at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Pleasant Hill defeated Mount Vernon in two sets.
Nevada and Mount Vernon advanced by beating Harrisonville and Clinton, respectively.
“We played very well,” Carl Junction coach Sarah Wall said. “We came out on fire. The girls are doing the things they’re supposed to do to win.”
Leaders for Carl Junction included Katie Wiele (17 digs), Bradyn Wall (30 assists), Maria Chism (12 kills) and Hope Joyner (two blocks).
Mackenzie Irwin added seven kills for the Bulldogs. Joyner had six kills, Wiele nine service points and an ace and Wall 11 digs.
Class 1 at Greenfield
GREENFIELD, Mo. — Fourth-seeded Everton ousted Thomas Jefferson 25-16, 18-25, 25-19 and No. 3 Greenfield eliminated McAuley Catholic 25-19, 25-14 in the first round of the District 10 Tournament.
“We didn’t compete as well as we needed,” Thomas Jefferson coach Jennifer Jameson said. “We were evenly matched.”
The Cavaliers finished 8-7-1 in Jameson’s first season as head coach.
College Heights 5, Cassville 1
CASSVILLE, Mo. — Dalton Zarrabi and Josiah Braeckel each scored two goals as the Cougars finished the regular season with a 16-6 record.
CHC, seeded second, will face the same Wildcats (3) on their pitch at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in the Class 1 District 12 Tournament.
CHC led 2-1 at the half on the Zarrabi goals around the Cassville goal from Kendal Branham.
Ryan Cummins’ unassisted goal boosted the Cougars ahead 3-1 early in the second half. Then, the combination of Braeckel and the assisting Cummins clicked twice to allow CHC to pull away.
CHC statistics had it leading 9-3 in shots. Indy Cole logged four saves for Cassville and Caleb Stratton had two for CHC.