Nine in a row for No. 10 Van Buren

Cardinal’s No. 11, Ashlee Strong, sets the ball Tuesday night at New London as No. 18 Elizabeth Lett looks on.
Cardinal’s No. 11, Ashlee Strong, sets the ball Tuesday night at New London as No. 18 Elizabeth Lett looks on.

The Van Buren volleyball team finished their regular season schedule with a 3-0 sweep of WACO Tuesday night at Keosauqua, giving the Warriors their ninth win in a row and a 28-3 record overall.

Two of the three losses for the SEISC south team have come to No. 3 ranked Holy Trinity Catholic who is in Class 1A, including their last defeat on Sept. 22 in the conference tournament finals.

Tuesday, WACO presented zero challenge for the Warriors who won the three games by scores of 25-12, 25-15 and 25-11.

Selena Sayre had 14 kills, Madison Bartholomew had 16 assists, Isabell Manning had 22 digs and Logan Schmidt was 18-19 serving with four aces, all team-highs.


The Comets missed an opportunity to secure a winning regular season with a 3-0 defeat at New London that leaves Cardinal 14-16 on the year with just one match remaining, at home versus Pekin Oct. 16.

The Tigers and Comets traded punches through the first 22 points of the night with the two squads tied at 11-11 before New London scored six straight points and secured a 25-16 set one victory.

New London scored eight of the first nine points in the second set, although Cardinal clawed back, getting kills by Megan Fitzsimmons and Madison Cloke along the way. The Tiger lead was down to 11-6, but New London responded with three straight points. Cardinal scrapped back to cut the lead to as little as four points, slicing the advantage to 15-11 on a kill by Kiya Chapin, but New London ended the game on a 10-2 run and the Tigers won 25-13 to take a 2-0 series lead.

Late in the third set, Cardinal had the lead within four, at 22-18, but New London scored the final three pointsto end the game at 25-18.


It took four sets, but the Panthers defeated SEISC foe Wapello at Pekin High Tuesday night to even up their regular season record at 14-14 with one match to play, at Cardinal Oct. 16.

The northern most team in The Ledger coverage area won game one 25-15, before falling in a tough second set 25-22.

The Panthers regained the advantage by taking a 2-1 lead with a 25-20 victory in game three. Pekin then closed out the match with another dramatic set win, claiming the fourth 25-22.